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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2005   
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According to the latest report on cultural funding, total government funding for cultural activities was $4.9 billion in 2002-03, equating to almost $250 for every man, woman and child in Australia.

State and territory governments collectively contributed the most funding to cultural activities ($2,238m or 45% of total government funding), directed primarily towards heritage activities such as nature parks and reserves ($988m), art and other museums ($431m) and libraries and archives ($358m). In contrast, the Australian Government's contribution ($1,671m or 34% of the total) was focused mainly on arts activities, particularly broadcasting and film ($980m), although art and other museums in the heritage sector also received substantial funding ($257m). Local government also contributed $1,025m to cultural activities in 2002-03, however a detailed breakdown on their cultural priorities was not available.

A report prepared by NCCRS for the Cultural Ministers' Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG), and soon to be available on their Web site at, also provides substantial data dating back to 1999-2000. These historical data provide both an overview of the trend upwards during this period, during which total cultural funding increased by $860.9m or 21%, as well as providing a detailed year-by-year breakdown of cultural funding allocations by the Australian Government and each of the states and territories.

Further information is available in Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 4183.0).

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