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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> Culture and Recreation >> Amusement and leisure industries

In respect of the 2000-01 financial year, the ABS conducted surveys of major amusement and theme parks, and amusement centres.

Major amusement and theme parks were defined as parks which:

  • were operated on a commercial basis
  • were permanently based at a fixed site
  • had multiple rides and attractions
  • had over 50,000 attendees for the year.

At the end of June 2001, there were 30 amusement and theme parks within the scope of the survey operating in Australia, and these employed 4,150 persons. During 2000-01, there were 8.9 million visits to these amusement and theme parks. Total income for businesses operating these parks was $287m. The seven parks in Queensland earned 71% of this total income and had 59% of the total employment; and the 12 parks in New South Wales earned 24% of the total income and had 36% of the total employment. Additional information on amusement and theme parks may be found in the Amusement and leisure section in Service industries.

Amusement centres include indoor play centres, amusement machine centres, mini golf centres, go-kart venues and similar operations. At the end of June 2001, there were 288 businesses operating amusement centres. These operations were carried out at 384 locations, 236 in capital cities and suburbs, and 148 in other areas. Of the 384 locations, 138 were amusement machine centres.

Amusement centres employed 2,793 people at the end of June 2001 and earned a total income of $137m in 2000-01 (table 12.23). New South Wales and Victoria each had 28% of the total amusement centre locations in Australia. The centres located in New South Wales accounted for 25% of the industry employment and 27% of the industry income, while those in Victoria accounted for 42% of the industry employment and 40% of the industry income (New South Wales and Victoria's shares of the Australian population are 34% and 25% respectively). A greater proportion of the larger units in this industry were based in Victoria, and those with activities in both states had more significant operations in Victoria.


12.23 AMUSEMENT CENTRES - 2000-01

Businesses at end June(a)
Locations at end June
Employment at end June
Wages and salaries
Total income




no.
%
no.
%
$m
%
$m
%

New South Wales
79
107
27.8
697
25.0
9.7
26.8
37.6
27.5
Victoria
88
109
28.3
1,162
41.6
16.0
44.1
54.9
40.1
Queensland
47
63
16.4
367
13.1
4.7
12.8
21.5
15.7
Western Australia
30
35
9.1
168
6.0
1.8
5.0
8.0
5.8
South Australia
36
45
11.7
295
10.6
3.0
8.4
10.2
7.5
Tasmania
10
14
3.6
35
1.3
0.5
1.4
1.8
1.3
Northern Territory
3
3
0.8
7
0.3
-
0.1
0.2
0.2
Australian Capital Territory
9
9
2.3
63
2.3
0.5
1.4
2.7
2.0
Australia
288
384
100.0
2,793
100.0
36.2
100.0
136.9
100.0

(a) Multi-state businesses are counted in each state in which they operate. Hence the counts of businesses for states and territories do not sum to the total for Australia.

Source: Selected Amusement and Leisure Industries, Australia, 2000-01 (8688.0).


Additional information on amusement centres may be found in the Amusement and leisure section in Service industries.

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