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Australia develops census to help film and camera crew professionals grow their careers

In what is claimed to be a world first, the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is collaborating with researchers from the Deakin University to launch the Camera Workforce Census 2021, a census focused on equity, diversity and career progression of all camera professionals in Australia.

The census seeks to gather as many voices from camera professionals in Australia. They include assistants, freelancers, operators, camera crew and cinematographers – both ACS members and non-members. The research seeks to get a greater snapshot of the camera workforce and their working experiences.

The Camera Workforce Census 2021 will not only ask questions about career paths, earnings and income, hiring processes, professional networks, training and professional development opportunities, but will also enquire about experiences of workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Once complete, the final report will be delivered to the ACS National Executive who will, in turn, positively inform their members and the entire industry of policy and practice for the ACS and the broader Australian screen production sector moving forward.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS, National President, Australian Cinematographers Society, commented: “The ACS passionately encourages all camera professionals to participate in this exceptional research facilitated by the team at Deakin University and thus help contribute to the history of cinematography in Australia and the world. The feedback and opinions provided will help inform and provide urgent insights into the important roles that camera professionals play in the Australian screen sector.”

Participation in the Camera Workforce Census 2021 is completely voluntary, anonymous and confidential, and the ACS will not have access to any of the individual responses or the raw data, generated from the survey.

The Camera Workforce Census 2021 opens on 18 December 2020 and closes on 31 January 2021.

For more information and to access the Camera Workforce Census 2021 go to : https://researchsurveys.deakin.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_88iESSzxCmLGAex

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