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Freelance Graphic Designer

A Freelance Graphic Designer works to an agreed-upon brief in order to create a design solution with visual impact for their clients. Usually, they run their own small business, or may work on a contract for a set period of time. 


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Employment Levels

Around 49,400 people are currently employed as Freelance Graphic Designers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 58,600 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

35.1% of all Freelance Graphic Designers are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Freelance Graphic Designers is NT, with only 0.3%.

Gender Split

This is a slightly female dominated industry with 47.6% of Freelance Graphic Designers being male and 52.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Freelance Graphic Designers is 25-34 years old, with 39.5%. A small percentage (2.2%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 15-19. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Freelance Graphic Designers, with 9.9% aged 20-24.

Hours Worked

Freelance Graphic Designers work an average of 40.1 hours a week which is 0.8 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Freelance Graphic Designers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (41.2%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (25.1%). 87% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 13% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Freelance Graphic Designer Duties & Tasks

  • Come up with visual solutions for communication problems.
  • Put together proposals for meetings with clients.
  • Gather information and materials in order to meet the brief's guidelines.
  • Prepare rough draft of design concepts for approval.
  • Use images, text, colour, fonts and other design elements to complete the final product.
  • Review final projects before printing or release.
  • Liaise with external printers in order to meet deadlines and quality standards.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.