This is the twelfth in a series of cultural funding reports produced for the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group. The publication presents information about cultural funding by each level of government which has been classified into two major groups: Heritage; and the Arts.
This publication is the twelfth in a series of cultural funding reports produced for the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG) by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS), a section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Data on cultural funding have been available since the Australia Council published a report on funding in 1988–89.
Data have been aligned, where possible, with the categories specified in the Industry Classification of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC), (cat. no. 4902.0), which was released by the ABS in 2001. The adoption of the Industry Classification of the ACLC for the report coincides with the decision by the ABS and CMC SWG to improve the coordination and comparability of data by encouraging the use of a common set of classifications for data collection and reporting.
In reports produced before 2000–01, cultural funding data were classified into three major groups: Cultural facilities and services; Broadcasting and film; and Culture n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified). Consequently, it is generally not possible to compare data in this report with data in reports produced before 2000–01. Historical data in this publication have been presented in a way that shows consistent time series.
In order to ensure that funds are not counted more than once, specific purpose grants received from other levels of government have been netted out of the expenditure for the receiving government.
The mission of the CMC SWG is to provide the cultural statistics required for informed policy and decision-making by governments and the cultural sector in areas such as cultural industry development and management. The CMC SWG is grateful for the NCCRS' work on this report and thanks the agencies which supplied data.