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5216.0 - Australian National Accounts: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2000  
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Contents >> Chapter 14: Final consumption expenditure >> 09 Recreation and culture

09 Recreation and culture

09.1 Audio-visual, photographic and data processing equipment and accessories

Description

14.148 Included in this item are new purchases by resident households of radio, television and hi-fi equipment, personal computers, telecommunications equipment, video equipment, cameras and musical instruments.

Sources and methods

14.149 The periodic Retail Censuses and Household Expenditure Surveys provide the primary benchmarks for this series. The latest benchmark is moved forward using data from the monthly Survey of Retail Trade.

Volume estimates

14.150 Current price estimates of purchases of audio-visual equipment excluding computers in Australia are revalued using the relevant component of the CPI.

14.151 Current price estimates of purchases of computer equipment in Australia are revalued using the relevant component of the CPI. The CPI for computer equipment is derived from a hedonic price index compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The current price estimates of this component are derived using a supply-use model (see Chapter 15 for further details).

14.152 Current price estimates of purchases of audio-visual equipment, photographic and data processing equipment and accessories by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.153 Current price estimates of purchases of audio-visual equipment, photographic and data processing equipment and accessories by non-residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

14.154 In deriving the chain volume estimates of purchases of audio-visual equipment, photographic and data processing equipment and accessories, the elemental volume estimate of purchases by non-residents in Australia is subtracted from the aggregate of the other elemental volume components above.

09.2 Other major durables for recreation and culture

Description

14.155 Included in this item are expenditures by households on the new purchase and hire of aeroplanes, microlight aircraft, gliders, hang-gliders, hot air balloons, boats, caravans, trailers, bicycles and all camping and sporting equipment.

Sources and methods

14.156 The periodic Retail Census provides the primary benchmarks for this series. The latest benchmark is moved forward using data from the monthly Survey of Retail Trade.

Volume estimates

14.157 Current price estimates of purchases of other major durables for recreation and culture by Australian residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

14.158 Current price estimates of purchases of other major durables for recreation and culture by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.159 The chain volume estimates of other major durables for recreation and culture are derived by aggregating the elemental volume components above.

09.3 Other recreational items and equipment

Description

14.160 Included in this item are purchases by resident households of other recreational items and equipment such as toys and games; flowers and garden supplies; and pets, pet food (excluding that fed to racing animals) and pet products.

Sources and methods

14.161 The periodic Retail Censuses and Household Expenditure Surveys provide the primary benchmarks for this series. The latest benchmark is moved forward using data from the monthly Survey of Retail Trade.

Volume estimates

14.162 Current price estimates of purchases of other recreational items and equipment by Australian residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

14.163 Current price estimates of purchases of other recreational items and equipment by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.164 The chain volume estimates of other recreational items and equipment are derived by aggregating the elemental volume components above.

09.1 + 09.2 + 09.3 Goods for recreation and culture

Volume estimates

14.165 Chain volume estimates of purchases of goods for recreation and culture are derived by aggregating the elemental volume components above.

09.4 Recreational and cultural services

09.4.1 Sporting and recreational services

Description

14.166 This component covers several items grouped into three subcategories: the net cost of racing animals; the cost of hiring entertainment equipment and facilities; and current expenditure of private non-profit institutions providing sporting and recreational services.

Sources and methods

Net cost of racing animals

14.167 The net cost of racing horses, trotters and dogs covers the cost of training and feeding the animals, the cost of transporting them to race tracks, entrance and registration fees, and charges for veterinary services less any prize moneys won. The estimate of charges for veterinary services is based on information from Taxation Statistics, and the other elements of this estimate are based on research undertaken in the ABS. The latest years and quarters are estimated using movements in related series.

Hire of sporting equipment and facilities

14.168 This estimate covers the cost of hiring sporting equipment; payment of green fees, and charges for sports lessons and fitness classes; the cost of hiring sporting facilities such as tennis courts, squash courts and bowling alleys; and the use of ski lifts. The estimate is benchmarked using data from the Retail Censuses and the Selected Services Industries Surveys, and is moved forward using movements in related series.

Current expenditure of private non-profit institutions serving households

14.169 This covers expenditure of such bodies as bowling, golf, RSL, football and racing clubs. Compensation of employees and liquor licensing fees make up most of the expenditure of these non-profit institutions. The former is based on quarterly data from the Survey of Employment and Earnings, and the latter is based on information contained in the annual reports of State licensing boards.

Volume estimates

14.170 Current price estimates of expenditures on sporting and recreational services in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

09.4.2 Cultural and entertainment services

Description

14.171 The scope of this item is all outlays (except those covered in 9.4.1 and 9.4.3) by resident households on recreational, cultural and entertainment services; and current expenditure by private non-profit institutions providing recreational, cultural and entertainment services. This item is further categorised into Cinema and other admissions; Pay TV; Television and video hire; and Veterinary and other services for pets.

Sources and methods

Cinema and other admissions

14.172 Quarterly information about box office takings for cinemas is provided by the Motion Pictures Distributors Association of Australia. Admissions to places of culture and entertainment (such as museums, libraries, art galleries, exhibitions, theme parks, opera, ballet, plays and concerts) and admission to sports stadia, horse racing tracks, etc., are benchmarked using the Household Expenditure Survey, and the latest years and quarters are estimated using various indicators. Information about admissions to public galleries, museums etc. is obtained from Auditors'-General Reports, published annual reports, and Government Finance Statistics, Australia (Cat. no. 5512.0).

Pay TV

14.173 This estimate covers the cost of installation and subscription to pay TV services. Expenditure on pay TV is based on information from the publication Digital Broadcast Australia.

Television, video hire

14.174 This estimate covers the cost of hiring television sets, video cassette recorders and video tapes; and video club membership fees. The estimate is benchmarked using data from the Retail Censuses and the Selected Services Industries Surveys and is moved forward using movements in related series.

Veterinary and other services for pets

14.175 This estimate covers the cost of veterinary and other services for pets such as grooming and boarding. Estimates are based on data from the Household Expenditure Survey.

Volume estimates

14.176 Current price estimates of expenditures on cultural and entertainment services in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

09.4.3 Net losses from gambling

Description

14.177 Separate estimates are made for net losses by resident households on poker and gaming machines, bookmakers and totalisators, lotto and lotteries, casinos, soccer pools, keno, instant lotteries, bingo and other minor gambling.

Sources and methods

14.178 Estimates of net losses by resident households on gambling are benchmarked to information published in Australian Gambling Statistics by the Tasmanian Gaming Commission. This publication provides comprehensive annual data on gambling in Australia. Quarterly estimates are made using data on gambling taxes provided by the quarterly Public Authority Finance system as indicators. Quarterly data are available on poker and gaming machine tax; racing taxes, turnover and dividends paid; lotto and lotteries ticket sales and prizes paid; casino taxes levied; as well as taxes paid on soccer pools, keno, instant lotteries and minor gambling.

Volume estimates

14.179 Net losses from personal outlays on gambling by households are revalued using the CPI for all groups excluding health services. This treatment is not an attempt to measure the quantum of gambling as such, but rather to estimate the purchasing power, over other consumer goods and services, of net losses from gambling.

Total: 09.4 Recreational and cultural services

Volume estimates

14.180 Current price estimates of expenditures on recreational and cultural services by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.181 Current price estimates of expenditure on recreational and cultural services by non-residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

14.182 In deriving the chain volume estimates of expenditure on recreational and cultural services, the elemental volume estimate of expenditure by non-residents in Australia is subtracted from the aggregate of the other elemental volume components above.

09.5 Newspapers, books and stationery

Description

14.183 The scope of this item is personal outlays on books, stationery, newspapers, periodicals, magazines and artists goods.

Sources and methods

14.184 The periodic Retail Census provides the primary benchmarks for this series. The latest benchmark is moved forward using data from the monthly Survey of Retail Trade.

Volume estimates

14.185 Current price estimates of purchases of newspapers, books etc. by Australian residents in Australia are revalued using the relevant components of the CPI.

14.186 Current price estimates of purchases of newspapers, books etc. by Australian residents overseas are revalued using a composite index of overseas CPIs.

14.187 Chain volume estimates of purchases of newspapers, books etc. are derived by aggregating the elemental volume components of the above.


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