Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2007  Reissue
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> 8.0 Museums - Introduction >> 8.4 Financial Data

FINANCIAL DATA

The 2003-04 ABS Survey of Museums found that the total income in the 2003-04 financial year for the 1,329 museums establishments in Australia was $919.4m. About two-thirds (68%) of this income was provided by government, with the bulk of the balance made up by fundraising ($89m), admissions ($56m) and sales of goods ($50m).


Labour costs accounted for $320.4m of museum expenses in 2003-04, which was two fifths (40%) of total outgoings. Wages and salaries ($277.1m) made up 86% of labour costs. During the year, museums also spent $32.3m on exhibition and display development costs.

8.5 Museum establishments, Income and expenses - 2003-04

OTHER MUSEUMS
Art galleries
Social history museums
Historic properties/sites
Natural, science
and other museums
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Income
Government funding
200.4
193.0
47.9
186.7
628.0
Admissions income
8.8
20.2
18.1
8.9
55.9
Fund raising
62.0
12.5
6.8
7.7
89.0
Other income
53.7
33.7
24.6
34.3
146.5
Total
324.9
259.4
97.5
237.6
919.4
Expenses
Wages and salaries
99.1
91.5
39.6
90.1
320.4
Other expenses
166.4
138.3
41.0
144.2
489.9
Total
265.5
229.7
80.6
234.4
810.3

ABS, Museums, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8560.0).


A more recent data collection which focuses solely on government funding for cultural activities, found that the Australian Government provided $46.3m to art galleries and a further $182.1m to other museums in 2003-04. State and territory governments contributed a total of $472.4m to art galleries and other museums.


While local governments also provide considerable cultural funding, there was no recent data available on the specific amounts committed to museums.


It should be noted that the government funding collection adopted a broader definition of art galleries and other museums, therefore its data are not directly comparable to those obtained from the Survey of Museums.

8.6 Cultural funding by government, Museums - 2003-04

Australian Government
State and Territory Governments
Total
$m
$m
$m

Art galleries
46.3
170.7
217.0
Other museums
182.1
301.7
483.8
Total
228.4
472.4
700.8

ABS, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 4183.0).


Previous PageNext Page


Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.