The 1999-2000 ABS Survey of Museums found that the total income in the 1999-2000 financial year for the 2,049 museums establishments in Australia was $716.4m. About two-thirds (68%) of this income was provided by government, with the bulk of the balance made up by fundraising ($53.5m), admissions ($52.4m) and sales of goods ($51.7m).
Wages and salaries accounted for $211.4m of museum expenses in 1999-2000, which was about one-third (33%) of total outgoings. During the year, museums also spent $24.9m on exhibition and display development costs, $17.4m on advertising, marketing and promotional expenses and $9.2m on purchases of artefacts, artworks and museum objects.
8.5 MUSEUM ESTABLISHMENTS, Income and Expenses - 1999-2000
Art museums & galleries
|Government funding |
|Admissions income |
|Other income |
|Wages and salaries |
|Other expenses |
|ABS, Museums, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8560.0). |
A more recent data collection which focuses solely on government funding for cultural activities, found that the Australian Government provided $52.0m to art museums and a further $204.6m to Other museums in 2002-03. State and territory governments also contributed a total of $430.5m to Art and Other museums.
While local governments also provide considerable cultural funding, there was no data available on the specific amounts committed to museums.
It should be noted that the government funding collection adopted a broader definition of Art and Other museums, therefore its data is not directly comparable to that obtained from the Survey of Museums.
8.6 CULTURAL FUNDING BY GOVERNMENT, Museums - 2002-03
State and territory government
|Art museums |
|Other museums |
|ABS, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2002-03 (cat. no. 4183.0). |