The craft sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Australia, and a major contributor to the country’s economic growth.
The Australian Crafts Council (ACSC) estimates that the sector has more than 100,000 employees, of which 40 per cent are in the craft and crafts industry.
The group also reports that the craft sector employs nearly 50,000 people across Australia.
In 2018, the craft industry accounted for 6.6 per cent of the total value of all Australian exports, up from 5.6 in 2017.
This is up from 4.6 percentage points in the same year.
This growth in craft industry employment is likely to continue over the coming years.
The Crafts Industry Growth report found that the value of craft exports grew at an average annual rate of 8.5 per cent from 2013 to 2018.
The growth in the value and share of the craft trade was most evident in Australia’s top export destinations, including China and the United States, with craft exports accounting for more than two-thirds of the value trade.
The report also found that Australia’s domestic craft industry contributed $2.4 billion to the national economy in 2018.
Crafts exports are also one of Australia’s fastest growing industries, accounting for a further $1.5 billion in revenue in 2018 and $3.2 billion in 2019.