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 2018, 1736 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Creative Industries sector provided 38,242 jobs. The sector has total output worth $8.77 Billion and contributes $4.18 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2018)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Creative Industries sector between 2002 and 2018.


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 796 45
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Music and Other Sound Recording Activities 174 11
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 26 2
Motion Picture Exhibition 414 9
Motion Picture and Video Production 144 18
Others 38 5
Computer System Design and Related Services 16,896 627
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Computer System Design and Related Services 16,896 627
Broadcasting (except Internet) 2,325 16
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting 1,989 7
Others 336 9
Textile, Leather, Clothing and Footwear Manufacturing 453 53
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Footwear Manufacturing 5 3
Clothing Manufacturing 448 50
Printing (including the Reproduction of Recorded Media) 820 72
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Reproduction of Recorded Media 49 5
Printing Support Services 37 6
Printing 734 61
Adult, Community and Other Education 191 19
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Arts Education 191 19
Creative and Performing Arts Activities 3,749 135
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Performing Arts Venue Operation 2,325 30
Performing Arts Operation 927 28
Creative Artists Musicians Writers and Performers 497 77
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (Except Computer System Design and Related Services) 6,887 467
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Professional Photographic Services 81 26
Other Specialised Design Services 872 104
Advertising Services 1,821 95
Architectural Services 4,113 242
Publishing (except Internet and Music Publishing) 3,209 52
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Other Publishing (except Software Music and Internet) 3 1
Newspaper Publishing 1,558 6
Software Publishing 441 19
Book Publishing 921 14
Magazine and Other Periodical Publishing 286 12
Library and Other Information Services 600 14
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Libraries and Archives 600 14
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 100 11
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 100 11
Heritage Activities 2,216 225
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Zoological and Botanical Gardens Operation 742 5
Museum Operation 1,471 46
Nature Reserves and Conservation Parks Operation 3 174
Total 38,242 1,736


Contribution to the local economy

The Creative Industries sector accounts for 7.98% 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.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Creative Industries sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2018 (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.