Freelance creatives struggling in cost of living crisis

Australian creative freelancers are doing it tough, with many reporting a decline in revenue.
Freelance creatives. Cost of living. Image is an alarm clock, next to piles of coins and a little wooden house model, with foliage in the background.

New data from Hnry – Australasia’s digital accounting service for the self-employed – reveals freelance creatives are doing it particularly tough, citing poor financial performance and security, as inflation and cost of living concerns continue to prevail.

Freelance creatives, a cohort that includes writers, designers, photographers and marketing consultants, are anxious, despite the Government’s multimillion-dollar investment into the creative sector last year, as many businesses continue to economise and prioritise creative work in-house.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy