- Latest figures from the 2016 Census indicate a 25 per cent increase in people employed in WA's performing arts and sports sectors
- The performing arts and sports sectors are now the State's fastest growing industry
Latest figures from the 2016 Census show that the performing arts and sports sectors are the fastest growing providers of jobs in Western Australia.
The 2016 Census figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate there has been a 25 per cent increase in people employed in the arts and recreational services industry in WA.
The ABS reported that one of the stand-out trends was the increase of 25 per cent in the number of people who recorded that they were employed in the arts and recreational services industry - including fitness centres, sport and performing arts.
Details of Western Australian figures from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing can be viewed here.
Comments attributed to Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman:
"These latest figures from the ABS independently confirm what the McGowan Government has been saying for some time; that WA's creative industries can play a strong part in providing jobs, building our economy and creating more vibrant communities.
"These sectors can also provide further jobs and growth through related activities such as arts tourism, hospitality and festivals and events.
"That is why we are investing in the cultural industries by providing $10 million to the Art Gallery of Western Australia over four years to activate the rooftop and acquire new works.
"We are also providing $8 million over the next six years to ensure people living outside the metropolitan area can get increased access to arts and culture by widening the exposure of collections travelling throughout the State."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"It's pleasing to see WA's sport and recreational services sector is experiencing strong jobs growth.
"The McGowan Government is working to facilitate such growth in employment, and as part of that the recent State Budget outlined support for more than 200 community sporting projects in 2017-18, with funding allocations ranging from $2,500 to $2 million."
Culture and Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400