Creative Industries

Melbourne's Creative industry is vibrant; from state-of-the-art film studios at Docklands to fashion design, record labels, songwriters and web designers. In 2016, 1692 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Creative Industries sector provided 35,035 jobs. The sector has total output worth $8 Billion and contributes $3.84 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2016)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Creative Industries sector between 2002 and 2016.


Industry Sub-Sectors

The table below provides detail of the sub-sectors within the Creative Industries sector in the City of Melbourne.

Description Jobs Establishments
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Activities 876 44
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Music and Other Sound Recording Activities 160 10
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 14 4
Motion Picture Exhibition 489 10
Motion Picture and Video Production 123 13
Others 90 7
Computer System Design and Related Services 13,866 562
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Computer System Design and Related Services 13,866 562
Broadcasting (except Internet) 2,354 14
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting 2,142 7
Others 212 7
Textile, Leather, Clothing and Footwear Manufacturing 423 48
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Footwear Manufacturing 1 1
Clothing Manufacturing 422 47
Printing (including the Reproduction of Recorded Media) 791 81
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Reproduction of Recorded Media 45 3
Printing Support Services 49 8
Printing 697 70
Adult, Community and Other Education 186 17
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Arts Education 186 17
Creative and Performing Arts Activities 3,669 147
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Performing Arts Venue Operation 2,415 27
Performing Arts Operation 939 30
Creative Artists Musicians Writers and Performers 315 90
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (Except Computer System Design and Related Services) 6,478 484
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Professional Photographic Services 103 36
Other Specialised Design Services 929 117
Advertising Services 1,714 96
Architectural Services 3,732 235
Publishing (except Internet and Music Publishing) 3,206 53
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Other Publishing (except Software Music and Internet) 28 4
Newspaper Publishing 1,857 7
Software Publishing 179 9
Book Publishing 678 14
Magazine and Other Periodical Publishing 464 19
Library and Other Information Services 693 14
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Libraries and Archives 693 14
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 148 9
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 148 9
Heritage Activities 2,345 219
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Zoological and Botanical Gardens Operation 750 5
Museum Operation 1,584 44
Nature Reserves and Conservation Parks Operation 11 170
Total 35,035 1,692


Contribution to the local economy

The Creative Industries sector accounts for 7.69% of the City of Melbourne's total employment.

The Creative Industries sector accounts for 4.17% of the City of Melbourne's Gross Local Product (GLP).

Workforce Profile

The graph below details the composition of those employed in the Creative Industries sector in the City of Melbourne. The graph describes the proportion of employees that can be considered as part-time, full-time, casual and contractors. The graph also details the proportion of female and male employees in the Creative Industries sector.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Creative Industries sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2016 (in square metres). The figures provide an alternative measure of growth or decline in the sector. The figures are also relevant for understanding how this industry is impacting on then local commerical property market.