4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2001  
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The questionnaire for the April 2001 population survey, which will capture information on people’s involvement in culture and leisure activities, has been finalised. In particular, the survey will determine the number of people undertaking paid and unpaid work in organised sport, organised recreational physical activities and selected cultural activities in the 12 months prior to being interviewed. Data from this survey are expected to be available in November 2001.


As part of its Service Industries Survey (SIS) program, the ABS despatched a series of survey forms to organisations in the cultural industries during August. The surveys collect information from selected businesses on topics such as their employment, income and expenditure. Cultural industries targeted include: film and video production and distribution, motion picture exhibition, public libraries, museums, art galleries, botanic gardens, music and theatre production, performing arts venues and festivals. A series of publications based on these surveys will be released from April 2001.


In 2001 the SIS program will collect data on sport and recreation industries. Between July and September 2000, the ABS undertook extensive consultation with peak bodies, clubs and associations aimed at ensuring the data to be collected are available and relevant. Based on these consultations draft survey forms were developed and tested in November. NCCRS is now providing feedback on a second draft of the survey forms, and a further phase of testing is planned in February. Survey forms will be despatched in August 2001.


NCCRS is conducting separate surveys on Book Publishers and Book Retailers. The 1999-2000 Book Publishers Survey is currently being conducted, with data expected to be available by May 2001. Data being collected includes employment, and the value and volume of sales and expenditure. The 1999-2000 survey is the first of five annual surveys of book publishers to be conducted as part of the Federal Government’s Book Industry Assistance Plan. There have been three previous surveys of book publishers, the most recent being in respect of 1997-98.

As well, development of the Book Retailers Survey is currently underway. The survey will collect data in respect of 2000-2001 (with data available in 2002). The 2000-2001 survey is the first of four annual surveys of book retailers to be conducted as part of the Book Industry Plan.


The latest version of the National Sport and Recreation Industry Database and Directory (NSRIDD) was released in December 2000. NSRIDD is a repository of ABS data relating to sport and recreation. It contains thousands of tables of data on topics such as participation, employment, voluntary work, business performance, imports and exports. State and Territory data are available in most cases. The latest release of NSRIDD includes data from: the 1999-2000 survey on Participation in Sport and Physical Activities; the 1998 Disability, Ageing and Carers Survey on attendance at sporting events by disabled persons; and the 1995 National Health Survey on sport injuries. NSRIDD is provided to each member of RSISG, and may be accessed by contacting the RSISG member in each State or Territory Government office responsible for sport and recreation policy. More information and contact details may be found at: www.disr.gov.au/sport_tourism/SportRecreation/nsridd.html