4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Dec 1998  
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i) The ABS is undertaking a review of its Household Survey Program. A number of submissions were received from users, and as an initial response, the ABS has prepared a Working Paper on Future Directions for ABS Household Surveys.

ii) Work is continuing on updating the National Sport and Recreation Industry Database and Directory (NSRIDD). The latest CD ROM, containing mainly national data, was released to RSISG members in December.

iii) The survey of Work in Selected Culture/Leisure Activities is being conducted as part of the ABS Population Survey Monitor over 4 quarters, and commenced in November. The survey is being funded by CMC.

iv) Questionnaires for the 1997-98 Book Publishers Survey, similar to previous studies undertaken in conjunction with DCITA and the Australian Publishers Association, were despatched in October.

v) A paper is being prepared for the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation on the Business of Sport in NSW. It will contain an analysis of key economic and social indicators on sport and recreation in NSW.

vi) NCCRS has reviewed a range of statistical reports concerning indigenous cultural activities for CMC SWG. A report will be prepared for CMC SWG consideration in early 1999.

vii) NCCRS has commenced work investigating culture and recreation data sources from overseas countries and would welcome contact with data providers in other countries.

For further details on culture topics please contact Chris Giddings on 08 8237 7326, and for sport topics, Glenn Hamlyn on 08 8237 7402. If unavailable, either Barry Haydon, Director, NCCRS (08 8237 7301) or Roger Mableson, Manager, (08 8237 7449) can help. Alternatively, please write to the NCCRS at GPO Box 2272, Adelaide SA 5001, or email to nccrs@abs.gov.au