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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2008  
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AUSTRALIAN CULTURE AND LEISURE CLASSIFICATIONS

The Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) are part of the commitment of the ABS to developing national standards for culture and leisure information. They comprise three separate classifications, covering culture and leisure related industries, products and occupations.

The classifications of the ACLC focus on the economic side of culture and leisure activities - that is, the way culture and leisure activites are linked to the economy through direct expenditure and employment. The ACLC does this through three classifications: Industry, Product and Occupation. The Industry Classification lists industries consisting of organisations for which the main activity is the production or provision of culture and leisure goods and services, and is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). The Product Classification consists of a list of culture and leisure goods and services (together known as products). These products are the primary outputs of the industries listed in the Industry Classification; in addition, they are produced by other industries (for example, museum services may be provided by a business in the mining industry). The Occupation Classification, which is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), lists occupations which are predominantly ‘culture or leisure’ in nature.

These classifications are adopted widely by users of culture and leisure data in Australia, including those organisations outside of the ABS which need to design a survey, organise administrative data or otherwise collect or collate information. Within the ABS, output from the surveys on sport and recreation industries undertaken by the ABS are aligned with the ACLC Industry Classification.

The ACLC was first developed in 2001, with the second edition released on the 11th of February, 2008 as a draft for consultation in order to provide the opportunity for feedback and comment. In the second edition, a minor review of the ACLC was undertaken to update concordances between the ACLC and the standard ABS classifications. The ACLC Industry Classification was reviewed due to the release of a new edition of ANZSIC in 2006. In undertaking this review, a few changes were made to ACLC classes where it was deemed useful to improve concordance with ANZSIC. A summary of the changes can be found in the appendix of the publication. The ACLC Occupation Classification was reviewed due to the development of ANZSCO in 2006 (which replaced the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO)). The ACLC Occupation Classification was updated to reflect this new standard classification.

The Draft for Consultation of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, Second Edition, 2008 (cat. no. 4902.0) is available to download free of charge. Comments and feedback on the classifications and queries about their use or interpretation may be emailed to nccrs@abs.gov.au.


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