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Socially Inclusive Employment Practices and Australia’s Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) 2016-2017

Socially Inclusive Employment PracticesProject Leader: Professor Susan Luckman
Team members: Professor Ruth Prof Ruth Rentschler AOM, Dr Heather Anderson, Dr Ruchi Sinha

No largescale investigation has been undertaken into the hiring practices of Australia’s cultural and creative industries. This project explores the diversity (or otherwise) of Australia’s creative workforce and how it might become more inclusive. The issue of the lack of social diversity within Australia’s cultural and creative industries (CCIs) has been subject to high profile public debate. Most recently this was catalysed around the nomination then subsequent award of the popularly voted ‘Best Personality on Australian Television’ award to Waleed Aly. Previously, gender had been the focus around recruitment practices in the advertising industry. For example, in late 2015, television personality and non–executive Chairman of leading communication company Leo Burnett Australia, Todd Sampson received criticism for the company’s appointment of an all-male, all-white, all similarly-aged creative team. Such exclusionary practices are especially strong in media industries, including and notably film, digital content production and television (Conor, Gill and Taylor 2015; Hesmondhalgh and Baker 2011). This has clear implications for a lack of diversity of stories and voices even within strong state-supported broadcasting. Socially inclusive creative industries are thus central in democratic life to the development of a community’s sense of identity, intercultural understanding and fostering a sense of belonging. This project will lead to the submission of an ARC Linkage or Discovery (TBC following partner discussions) application to undertake a detailed national study. See Prof Luckman discuss the project.