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4183.0 - Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT

LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE BY STATE AND TERRITORY

In 2012-13, local government contributed $1,397.6m (20%) to the estimate of total government funded expenditure on cultural activities. Expenditure levels on cultural activities generally reflect the size of the population, with the highly populated states spending more funds on cultural activities. In 2012-13, the estimate of expenditure by local government authorities on cultural activities in New South Wales was $435.7m, in Victoria $377.7m and $269.7m in Queensland. The combined expenditure of these states on cultural activities represented 77% of total local government funded expenditure on cultural activities.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT CULTURAL EXPENDITURE, By state and territory(a)
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Footnote(s): (a) Care should be taken when comparing the values between states and territories (see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes).

Source(s): Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13

Note, the Australian Capital Territory does not have a local government and as such is not discussed here. Local government functions are instead carried out by the Australian Capital Territory Government whose cultural funding expenditure is discussed in the Australian Capital Territory section.


RECURRENT AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

In 2012-13, 83% of the estimate of total local government funded expenditure on cultural activities was for recurrent expenses, compared to 85% in 2011-12. New South Wales had the largest amount of recurrent expenditure at $372.7m, followed by Victoria ($292.7m) and Queensland ($210.6m).

The estimate of capital expenditure by local government in 2012-13 was $235.2m. This was an increase of 15% from 2011-12. Victoria had the largest amount of capital expenditure at $85.0m, followed by New South Wales ($62.9m) and Queensland ($59.1m).


LOCAL GOVERNMENT CULTURAL EXPENDITURE, Recurrent and capital, By state and territory(a) - 2012-13

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Footnote(s): (a) Care should be taken when comparing the values between states and territories (see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes).

Source(s): Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13

Local government expenditure estimates are obtained from state and territory Local Government Grants Commission's data, or equivalent. Since 2010-11, figures were sourced at the 'total' level for Local governments in Australia. This is less detail than in previous years, where figures were provided for a number of arts and culture categories.


EXPENDITURE PER PERSON

In 2012-13, the estimate of the expenditure by local government on cultural activities was $61.00 per person, up 2% from 2011-12. In 2012-13, South Australia had the highest per person expenditure at $78.40 followed by Victoria with $66.50 and Western Australia with $62.50. In 2012-13 Tasmania had the largest increase from 2011-12 ($11.60), followed by Queensland ($5.40) and the Northern Territory ($5.20).

Refer to paragraphs 14 and 15 of the Explanatory notes for information regarding the population estimates used in the calculation of per person expenditure.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT CULTURAL EXPENDITURE PER PERSON, By state and territory(a)

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Footnote(s): (a) Care should be taken when comparing the values between states and territories (see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes).

Source(s): Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2012-13



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