4183.0 - Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2005-06  
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August 23, 2007
Embargoed 11.30 am (AEST)

Over $5 billion spent on cultural activities in Australia

More than $5.4 billion was spent by the public sector in Australia on cultural activities in 2005-06, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Governments in Australia gave the largest proportion of their total cultural funding to broadcasting and film ($1.2 billion) in 2005-06, followed by nature parks and reserves ($1.1 billion), libraries and archives ($576 million) and other museums ($506 million).

Federal spending was up by 7% (to $1.9 billion) on cultural activities. Three-quarters ($1.4 billion) was spent on arts related activity (including broadcasting and film), with the remainder ($472 million) spent on heritage activities.

State and territory governments spent $2.6 billion, a rise of 11% from the previous year. Nature parks and reserves were the largest single recipient of funding, receiving $1.0 billion, as well as receiving the largest dollar increase in funding (up 10% or $95 million) from the previous year.

The local government sector put in $973 million towards cultural activities in 2005-06, up 8% on last year. Local government accounted for 18% of the total cultural spending.

More details can be found in Cultural Funding by Government, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4183.0).