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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jun 1999  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/10/1999   
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Publications released April to June 1999

i) Selected Museums, Australia, 1997-98, ABS Cat. no. 4145.0, was released on 8 June. It contains data from a survey of museums which did not employ staff or were only a part of a larger (non-museum) organisation. The data includes income, expenditure, conservation of objects and exhibitions undertaken. The survey was funded by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DOCITA).

  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - During 1997-98, there were 13.3 million admissions to the 1,473 museums surveyed. This was an average of 9,100 per selected museum. The average price for the 3.5 million paid admissions was $2.29.

ii) Book Publishers, Australia, 1997-98, ABS Cat. no. 1363.0 was released on 6 April. It contains financial and employment data from book publishers and also includes information on the number of books published and sold. A more detailed DOCITA publication is expected shortly.

  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - During 1997-98, the 261 businesses in the industry generated $1,242.0m in turnover, of which, $1,035.6m was from sales of books. They employed 5,445 persons and achieved a profit margin of 8.3%.

iii) Time Use on Culture and Recreation Activities, 1997, ABS Cat. no. 4173.0, was released on 12 April. This brochure contains details extracted from the ABS Time Use Survey on culture and recreation activities.

  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - On average, Australians spent over 5 hours each day on free time as their main activity. The most popular free time activity was audio/visual media which includes watching TV and video, and listening to the radio, CDs and tapes. Australians spent an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes per day on these.

iv) Several publications about information technology have been released in the last 3 months. They are:

Household Use of Information Technology, 1998, ABS Cat. no. 8146.0 ($15.00);
Business Use of Information Technology, 1997-98, ABS Cat. no. 8133.0 ($22.00); and
Use of the Internet by Householders, February 1999, ABS Cat. no. 8147.0 ($16.00).


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