The Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications are part of the commitment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to developing national standards for culture and leisure information. They comprise three separate classifications - covering culture and leisure related industries, products and occupations - and have been produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics, a centre within the ABS.
The development of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications is the first stage in the preparation of a wider framework for developing and managing culture and leisure data. Future plans include the development of an information model, an information plan, additional classifications and a data directory.
In preparing the Classifications, considerable effort has gone into reaching a suitable balance between the needs of government and industry bodies, and the requirement for consistency with other ABS classifications. Where possible, current and emerging trends are reflected and an attempt has been made to allow for changes in the way the sector may operate in the future, especially in the area of electronic media.
These Classifications are intended to form the basis for future statistical compilation in the fields of culture and leisure by the ABS and by other organisations.
Invaluable advice and financial support have been provided during the development of the Classifications by the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG) and the Recreation and Sport Industry Statistics Group (RSISG) of the Sports and Recreation Ministers' Council. In addition, the assistance provided by many other organisations and individuals during the consultation phase of the project is also gratefully acknowledged.
Acting Australian Statistician