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Community arts worker

Community arts workers develop and deliver programs that encourage participation in the arts. This is a great role if you want a creative job.

Find out what a community arts worker does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is a community arts worker?

Community arts workers create strategies and programs to promote arts and cultural exchange. As a community arts worker, you will:

  • conduct research and consult members of the public
  • write funding proposals
  • work with stakeholders to develop arts projects that meet community needs.

Find out more about community arts workers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway: 

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway:

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for community arts workers in Australia is $1,182.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window) 

Note this salary is current as of April 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for welfare, recreation and community arts worker jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for community arts worker. 

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan2,0443.8%367
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan7874.6%163
Melbourne – southern metropolitan1,3515.0%298
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,2305.0%272
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1,2814.4%259
Melbourne – western metropolitan9305.0%205
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)3244.9%71
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)4344.5%88
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)7185.7%175
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)962.6%14
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)1513.4%25
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)2605.3%60
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)2494.6%51
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)1673.4%28

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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