Industry Snapshot

DrawingThe Arts and Creative industries cover 11 exciting and diverse sectors which include:

Community Development
Entertainment & Events
Film, Television and Radio
Library and Information Services
Multimedia, including Software Development,
Museums, Galleries and Cultural Heritage Site
Performing Arts
Visual Arts, Craft and Design
Writing, Editing, Publishing and Journalism
Zoos, Botanic Gardens and Natural Heritage Sites.

The South Australian Arts and Creative industries represents approximately 2.8% of the South Australian workforce. This is inclusive of 14,673 SA workers who have identified their primary source of employment to be in the Arts and Creative sector.

There is currently no data available detailing the percentage of the South Australia Gross State Product provided by the Arts, Creative and Cultural industries. Based on ABS data the number of SA Arts, Creative and Cultural Businesses is 4614. Data provided in the 2012 IBSA Environmental Scan indicates that the South Australian Arts, Creative and Cultural industries had an approximate revenue of $1.34 billion in the year 2010-2011.

For a more comprehensive overview on this sector please refer to the Creative Futures report found in the links below.  

Training Package Coverage

There is one overarching training package for the Arts and Creative Industry.
In January 2016 CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0 was released and it replaces and supercedes:

  • CUF07 Screen and Media Training Package
  • CUS09 Music Training Package
  • CUV Arts and Culture Training Package
  • CUV11 Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package.

The CUL11 Library, Information and Cultural Services Training Package components are now split between the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package and the BSB Business Services Training Package.

The CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package version 2.0 contains:

  • 53 AQF aligned qualifications
    45 skill set
  • 675 native units of competency
  • 547 imported units of competency.

PwC’s Skills for Australia is the new Skills Service Organisation (SSO) responsible to ensure the training packages remain industry relevant. Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop the training packages that industry needs and ensure they meet the needs of employers and stay current.
Please visit the website of PwC’s Skills for Australia for updates on training package activity or call 1800 714 819.

For a range of learning and assessment resources for these training packages please visit the website of Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA).

Our role at Service Skills SA is to work closely with our networks and the relevant Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to ensure that the South Australian Arts and Creative industries have an opportunity to contribute and stay informed about crucial activity.

Approved training packages can be viewed at which is the national database on Vocational Education and Training in Australia. Here you will find information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and registered training organisations (RTOs).

Careers & Training

Need to find out the about the amazing careers that exist in the Arts and Creative Sector? Visit our career section!


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Creative Futures
Skills for Creative Events
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IBSA Workforce Innovation Survey Tool - Assist your businesses workforce development capabilities
DFEEST Workforce Wizard - Create your own South Australian data report


Government, Business & Training Links
Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
Consumer and Business Service (OCBA)
Department of State Development (DSD)
PwC's Skills For Australia
Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA)
SafeWork SA
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services national database of training packages & registered training organisations
Training and Skills Commission
Victorian Purchasing Guides - training package nominal hours

Industry Links
Australian Graphic Design Association 
Arts Hub
Arts Industry Council of South Australia
Arts SA
Ausdance SA
Australia Council for the Arts
Carclew Youth Arts
Country Arts SA
Design Institute of Australia 
History SA
Libraries of SA
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Media Resource Centre (MRC)

Music SA
Musicians Union of Australia (Adelaide)
National Association for the Visual Arts
National Institue of Circus Arts
National Institue of Dramatic Arts
Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc
SA Film Corporation 
SA Writers Centre
Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association (SCALA)
South Australia Museums 

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