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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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FINANCIAL DATA

The Survey of Museums (ABS 2009d) found that the total income in the 2007-08 financial year for the 1,184 museums establishments in Australia was $998.4m. About two-thirds (66%) of this income was provided by government, with the bulk of the balance made up by other income ($159.0m) and fundraising ($106.0m).

Labour costs accounted for $380.7m of museum expenses in 2007-08, which was almost half (44%) of total outgoings. Other expenses ($433.8m) made up the bulk of the remaining museum costs.

8.5 MUSEUM ESTABLISHMENTS, Income and expenses - 2007-08

Other museums
Art museum/gallery
Social history
Historic properties/sites
Natural, science and other
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Income
Government funding(a)
257.5
155.1
62.8
182.3
657.8
Admissions
19.6
15.4
25.9
14.7
75.6
Fundraising
65.3
18.5
9.9
12.3
106.0
Other
53.6
35.5
36.6
33.4
159.0
Total
396.0
224.5
135.3
242.7
998.4
Expenses
Labour costs
126.4
77.2
54.6
122.4
380.7
Conservation expenses
^2.2
^3.0
3.4
1.1
9.8
Exhibition/display development
22.0
6.9
1.7
5.2
35.8
Other
157.1
114.0
58.0
104.7
433.8
Total
307.7
201.1
117.8
233.5
860.1

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
(a) Includes operational and capital funding and funding for one-off projects.
Source: Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0).


The ABS (2011d) Cultural Funding by Government Survey found that in 2009-10 the Australian Government provided $90.1m to Art museums and a further $295.7m to Other museums and cultural heritage, while state and territory governments contributed $187.1m and $371.8m respectively. Local government also provided considerable funding to Art museums ($52.4m) and Other museums and cultural heritage ($47.4m).

It should be noted that the Cultural Funding by Government collection and the Survey of Museums have different scope and coverage, therefore data are not directly comparable between these surveys. For more information see (ABS, 2008c) Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2008 (Second Edition) (cat. no. 4902.0).

8.6 Cultural Funding by Government, Museums - 2009-10

Australian Government
State and Territory Government
Local Government
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m

Art museums
90.1
187.1
52.4
329.6
Other museums and cultural heritage
295.7
371.8
47.4
714.9
Total
385.8
558.9
99.8
1 044.5

Source: Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4183.0)






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