In 2018, the Creative Skills Australia (CSA) launched a new initiative to recognise and reward the people who are the best creative minds in the country.
The new Creative Skills 2020 programme is designed to recognise the people whose work is the best in Australia.
The CSA hopes this will help attract and retain the talent we need to create the creative future Australia wants.
The program will look at creativity, craft, communication and the arts.
In 2018 the CSA released its 2017 Creative Skills Report and found that in a global survey of 500 creative professionals, creative professionals across Australia were recognised for their creativity and their commitment to the arts and their skills.
The report found that artists and visual artists were most popular in the arts sector and in the creative professions.
Creative industries are also more popular in creative industries in the public sector, which are traditionally a more nurturing environment.
Creative professionals in the broader arts sector, however, are still underrepresented.
They make up only 14 per cent of Australia’s workforce, and only 2 per cent in the wider arts and creative industries.
Creative professions in the general public sector are much more representative of Australia as a whole.
The general public services sector and the non-profit sector are also less represented than in the non and general public sectors.
This is particularly problematic given the growing number of public sector jobs that are part of the creative industries and arts sectors.
The public sector is also more likely to be less well represented in the overall CSA report because it includes fewer public sector workers and fewer arts and arts workers.
The overall findings are also very different from other surveys of creative professionals in Australia, which show that creative professionals are more diverse than other professionals.
For example, the survey of creative industry professionals in 2017 found that 77 per cent identified as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, whereas the report of creative industries professionals in 2018 said just 10 per cent were Indigenous or Torres.
The gap between the number of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders in creative professions and the general population is particularly large in the entertainment and design industries, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists make up the majority of employees.
In the general workforce, creative professions are the least represented group in Australia’s creative industries, with just 10.6 per cent being Aboriginal.
The most visible and visible part of this lack of diversity is in the professional sector.
This includes in the professions in which Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people are over-represented, such as teaching, law and medicine.
The lack of representation is also evident in the representation of Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people in other professions such as accounting, business administration and the legal professions.
Aboriginal and Pacific Islander Australians comprise 14.9 per cent, compared to 11.6 percent in the workforce overall, and 2.6 in the legal profession.
Indigenous and other Australians are also underrepresented in the occupations of accounting and business administration, with fewer than one in 10 of the workforce being Aboriginal and a further 4.4 in the law and accounting professions.
It is important to note that the general employment profile of Aboriginal people and non‑Indigenous people in the Australian economy is highly diverse.
In terms of occupations, the general profile is more diverse in terms of age, gender, Aboriginal and other Aboriginal characteristics and geographic location.
However, these differences are not uniform across the different industries, professions and regions of the economy.
Aboriginal people are more likely than other Australians to be in the private sector, and more likely in the service sector, where the number one job in many industries is a salesperson.
The number of Aboriginal employees in the health professions, in particular, is also higher than that of non‑Aboriginal people.
This can be attributed to the greater use of Aboriginal health professionals by the health industry.
There are also strong racial and ethnic disparities in the distribution of Aboriginal employment, with Indigenous people employed in the production and distribution of health care, education, social assistance, nursing and child welfare industries making up the bulk of the workforces in the healthcare, education and social assistance sectors.
Other sectors of the broader economy are also dominated by Aboriginal and Indigenous people.
The construction industry is a prime example.
Aboriginal men make up roughly 30 per cent and Indigenous women are underrepresented, with only one in three Aboriginal men and one in five Indigenous women working in the construction industry.
In a wider economy, this is especially true for the service and hospitality industries, which have a significant number of non-Aboriger people.
In addition, the construction sector is disproportionately male-dominated.
Aboriginal Australians make up less than 10 per of the construction workforce in Australia as the overall employment profile is much more diverse.
The majority of construction workers in Australia are Aboriginal people.
Although there is a very high number of Australian workers employed in construction and related services, there is no significant difference between the overall representation of Indigenous people in construction, health care and other construction industries.
As a result, there are no barriers for Aboriginal and Aboriginal Australians to work in these industries.