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5271.0.55.002 - Information Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts, Australia, 2013  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/12/2013  First Issue
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9 December 2013
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
ABS to measure the economic contribution of culture

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released an information paper today, outlining its plans to measure the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia.

In Australia and internationally, there is strong public interest in the role of these activities in the economy, as highlighted by Australia’s National Cultural Policy Creative Australia.

Statistics have been published for these activities in other countries such as Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom and Spain.

The ABS’ plans were developed in consultation with key stakeholders from government, academia and industry. The statistics for Australia are scheduled to be published in February 2014.

Further information can be found in Information Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts (cat. no. 5271.0.55.002), available for free download from the ABS website (

Media notes:
  • ‘Cultural’ and ‘creative’ describe activities connected with the arts, media, heritage, design, fashion and information technology.
  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source.

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