Compared to only 18% of main characters in TV dramas from the last five years
32% of Australians have a first or second-generation background other than Anglo-Celtic
Children’s programs and comedy tended to show a higher level of diversity amongst main characters than dramas as a whole, and were in particular more representative of characters from non- European backgrounds.
People from European backgrounds such as Greek or Italian, and from non-European backgrounds such as Asian, African or Middle Eastern, were significantly under-represented
Tv Drama Programs (2011-2015)
Australian Census (2011)
Overall, the results show that a number of Australia’s minorities and marginalised communities are under-represented in TV drama compared to the population, in particular people of non-European backgrounds such as Asian, African or Middle Eastern. On the other hand Indigenous Australians are well represented onscreen compared to their proportion of the population.
1,961 major characters
SOURCES Screen Australia (2016), Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on diversity in Australian TV drama, Screen Australia, Australia