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8560.0 - Museums, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2009   
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TECHNICAL NOTE HISTORICAL COMPARISONS


Change in industry classification

Changes to coverage

Variability in activity measures

Australian Equivalents to International Financial Reporting Standards

Revisions to 2003-04 data


HISTORICAL COMPARISONS

1 The reader should bear in mind that this survey was not designed to support accurate estimates of change over time, and should exercise caution when comparing 2007-08 and 2003-04 results for several reasons, as described below.


CHANGE IN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION

2 The estimates in this publication are based on ANZSIC06 whereas estimates in the 2003-04 issue were based on the 1993 edition of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC93). The effect on estimates as a result of this change was negligible.

3 For more information on the 2006 industry classification and concordances between ANZSIC06 and ANZSIC93, please refer to Australian and New Zealand Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).



CHANGES TO COVERAGE

4 In 2003-04, a listing of museums and galleries, maintained by Australian Museums and Galleries OnLine, was used to supplement the ABS Business Register, to improve industry coverage. In 2007-08, a listing of museums and galleries from a different source, Collections Australia Network, was used to supplement the ABS Business Register. Collections Australia Network is a redevelopment of the Australian Museums and Galleries OnLine listing. The Collections Australia Network listing improves coverage of small to medium regional institutions.

5 As changes to coverage can influence estimates of change over time, users are advised to exercise caution when comparing these estimates with those published previously, particularly when comparing estimates at the state and employment size level.

VARIABILITY IN ACTIVITY MEASURES

6 The collection of the number of museum objects is subject to non-sampling error, arising from the way in which a given museum defines an object in their collection management system. Changes to a museum's collection management system can result in significant changes to the reported number of objects held, despite there being no actual physical change to the collection. For this reason, users are advised to exercise caution when comparing the number of museum objects over time, particularly when comparing estimates at the finer level.

7 The collection of the number of free admissions is subject to non-sampling error, arising from the methods used by individual museums or galleries in measuring this concept. Many organisations do not keep accurate records of the number of free admissions to their museum or gallery, instead estimating this figure when reporting to the ABS. For this reason, users are advised to exercise caution when comparing the number of free admissions over time, particularly when comparing estimates at the finer level.

AUSTRALIAN EQUIVALENTS TO INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS

8 The new Australian Equivalents to International Reporting Standards (AEIFRS) were progressively implemented in Australia from 1 January 2005. As a result, changes in definitions have impacted upon both income statements and balance sheet items.

9 Since the implementation of AEIFRS, analysis of published time series data has indicated structural breaks in series. The magnitude of such breaks, however, cannot be determined without imposing a disproportionate load upon data providers.

REVISIONS TO 2003-04 DATA

10 Where possible, data from 2003-04 have been revised to account for the changes listed above. Revised data in respect of the 2003-04 survey are presented below. However, not all changes were able to be quantitatively measured or revised. For this reason, users are advised to exercise caution when comparing 2007-08 and 2003-04 estimates, particularly estimates at the finer level.

11 Due to confidentiality constraints, no additional revised data are available in respect of the 2003-04 Museums Survey.

Main focus of museum - revised 2003-04 data

Social history museums
Art museums/galleries
Historic properties/sites
Other museums
Total

Persons employed at end June no.
^r2 056
r2 104
r1 410
r2 203
r7 774
Income
Government funding(a) $m
r155.9
r175.2
r47.6
r190.7
r569.4
Other $m
r59.7
r125.2
r58.1
r56.8
r299.8
Total $m
r215.6
r300.4
r105.7
r247.4
r869.2
Total expenses $m
r203.3
r227.6
r89.1
r198.3
r718.3
Number of admissions '000
^r9 508.3
*r11 477.3
r4 224.8
^r6 233.0
^r31 443.2

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
r revised
(a) Includes operational and capital funding and funding for one-off projects.



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