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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> Culture and Recreation >> Funding for Culture

Culture in Australia receives considerable financial support from the Commonwealth Government in the form of direct grants and through the provision of taxation benefits. This support is complemented by State, Territory and local governments.

Total outlays for cultural funding of the Commonwealth Government and State, Territory and local governments for 1999-2000 were $3,977.7m. Table 12.28 shows the government outlays on culture for 1999-2000.

The largest funding category for the Commonwealth Government was Radio and television broadcasting ($713.8m). The largest funding category for State and Territory Governments was National parks and wildlife services ($684.8m). For local governments, the largest cultural funding category was Libraries and archives ($447.1m).


12.28 CULTURAL FUNDING, By Level of Government - 1999-2000

Level of government

Commonwealth

$m
State/Territory

$m
Local

$m
Total

$m

Cultural facilities and services -
- Zoological and botanic gardens
5.8
95.6
24.6
126.0
- Libraries and archives
81.4
306.3
447.1
834.8
- Literature and publishing
10.5
4.2
3.4
18.2
- Museums
151.7
207.0
10.2
368.9
- Art galleries
39.9
85.2
30.9
156.0
- Visual arts/crafts and photography
14.3
10.6
4.9
29.8
- Cultural venues
9.8
108.3
65.6
183.7
- Music (excluding opera)
52.6
13.5
1.8
67.8
- Other performing arts
37.7
67.2
5.3
110.2
- Cultural heritage
74.9
49.0
19.6
143.5
- Total
478.7
946.8
613.3
2,038.7
Broadcasting and film -
- Radio and television broadcasting
713.8
0.5
0.6
714.9
- Film and video
74.8
40.9
2.7
118.4
- Multimedia
0.9
0.7
0.1
1.7
- Total
789.5
42.2
3.3
835.0
Culture n.e.c. -
- Administration of culture
41.0
31.0
12.7
84.7
- Community cultural activities
35.7
13.0
9.9
58.6
- Public halls and civic centres
0.0
0.1
158.2
158.3
- National parks and wildlife services
60.2
684.8
7.1
752.1
- Other culture n.e.c.
24.6
15.6
10.1
50.3
- Total
161.4
744.5
198.0
1103.9
Total
1,429.6
1,733.5
814.6
3,977.7

Source: Cultural Funding in Australia, 1999-2000 (4183.0).


Business sponsorship

In 1996-97 some 2,900 employing businesses (0.5%) sponsored art and cultural activities to the value of $29m. The Communication, property and business services sector was the biggest provider with $8.8m of sponsorship. Almost half (48.6%) of the businesses sponsoring arts and cultural activities sponsored creative arts.

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