The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

Benchmarking Reports

The 2023 Benchmarking Survey is now closed.

Thank you to all our venue members who participated.

We expect the results to become available early in the second half of 2024.

PAC Australia recognises benchmarking is a valuable tool for continuous improvement, strategic planning, and maintaining competitiveness and relevance in a challenging economic and cultural climate. Access to high quality information from across the Australian performing arts network, provides comprehensive data to support confident decision making and form compelling business cases for growth and change.

Benchmarking your performing arts centre’s operations with other organisations across the performing arts network is important for numerous reasons.

  • Evaluating the performance of your centre relative to other organisations of similar scale, demographic profile, and geographic location.
  • Identifying what is working and what can be improved in relation to industry norms.
  • Setting organisational goals to maintain competitiveness and improve operational activities including staffing levels, fees and charges, venue services, and programming choices.
  • Planning and advocacy for resources both internally and externally to achieve key milestones and strategic initiatives.

As an industry peak body, the information collected through the benchmarking survey helps PAC Australia advocate for the sector at all levels of government. It also provides insight on key trends, challenges and opportunities which help shape PAC Australia’s training and development programs and industry events.

Since 2003, PAC Australia has coordinated a national benchmarking exercise every two years to collect vital data on services, activities, and employment conditions in performing arts centres across Australia. The data is presented in two downloadable reports and a dynamic interactive dashboard on the PAC Australia members portal.

Performing arts centres are asked for data all the time and it can feel very onerous, so PAC Australia is also working collaboratively with state presenter associations, VAPAC, Stage Queensland, NAPACA, SAPA and CircuitWest to ensure all the data needed by each organisation to support their own advocacy work is captured within this benchmarking survey.


It has never been more important to have an accurate picture of the activity and operations of performing arts centres. In recent years there have been profound and lasting impacts on the way presenters, producers, and audiences operate so the benchmarking survey captures the depth and breadth of these impacts and sets a baseline for industry response and recovery over the next decade.

No matter the level of activity in your centre, reporting your venue information and activity details is still critical.

This survey collects vital data on services, activities, and employment conditions in performing arts centres across Australia and is an important and powerful tool for planning, resourcing, and demonstrating the value of presenting organisations.


Our two key industry reports are now available to help drive your business development and broader sector development. The 2021 survey respondents represented a wide range of performing arts centres, demonstrating the breadth of PAC Australia membership. With more content this year, the reports provide even more valuable information, particularly around attendances, programming, and policies.

Our Economic Activity Report measures the scale of operations and economic activity of performing arts centres nationally. The data assists in the management of arts centres and supports planning for new performance spaces and programs.

Our Venue Charges and Salary Report provides comprehensive industry information as a tool for performing arts centres to review the salaries and charges associated with arts centre operation and to benchmark against others nationally.


PAC Australia is able to present the reports in an online, searchable format. This means that you can now compare standards such as staffing levels, salaries, turnover, attendance, levels of entrepreneurial activity etc with venues of similar attributes.

Accessing the reports and dashboards free of charge is one of the many benefits of PAC Australia Membership.

Non-PAC Australia members and the wider industry are able to download the 2021 Economic Activity Report for free. The Venue Charges and Salaries Reports and access to the online Benchmarking Dashboards are only available for purchase.

Please be in touch if you’re interested in purchasing the Venue Charges and Salaries report or dashboard access.

Member Access to Dashboards


The 2021 Economic Activity as well as the 2019 and 2017 Economic Activity and Venue Charges and Salaries reports are currently available for download.

2021 Economic Activity Report

2019 Economic Activity Report

2019 Venue Charges and Salaries Report

2017 Economic Activity Report

2017 Venue Charges & Salaries Report