Creativity can boost the economy

by Alyssa

They say that art and creativity is the essence of society, the thing that makes living worthwhile, adding colour to everyday life.

More than just making the human experience much more interesting than just a mundane existence, the creative industries contribute a significant proportion to the Australian economy.

In an article published in the Newcastle Herald, a 2011 study showed that the creative industry contributed $93.2 billion to the Australian economy, 6.6 per cent of the domestic gross profit.

A PriceaterhouseCoopers report indicated that 8 per cent of the Australian workforce s in the creative industry.

The creative industry is a broad term that includes “advertising, architecture, design, visual arts, music, performing arts, publishing, film, television, radio, electronic games,” as stated in the article.

But these people all had to start somewhere.

There may have been those who were financially capable of pursuing their careers through formalised education and achieved their dreams through those means.

There are also individuals in society who have talent but do not have the means to fund it.

We need to keep the welfare system in place and as accessible for people like this. Many successful creative people came from welfare backgrounds, noting that all they needed was to go on welfare for a small amount of time in the beginning, simply to give them a chance to devote their entire time to their craft without the distraction of full time work and a little bit of income to kickstart their careers.

The creative industry, as a sector, provides jobs and is an effective economic stimulant.

We should keep the welfare system as it is not only because creativity is integral to a vibrant society but also from a practical standpoint, it generates job and economic results.