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

HERITAGE

In 2012-13 the estimate of expenditure funded by the Australian Government on Heritage activities was $605.1m, similar to the $610.5m reported in 2011-12.

The estimate of expenditure funded by the Australian Government was highest for Other museums and cultural heritage at $285.9m which represented an increase of 15% over the value reported in 2011-12 ($248.8m). Expenditure on Libraries, which does not include funding for special libraries (e.g. parliamentary libraries) or libraries in educational institutions such as schools and universities, increased by less than 1% to be $61.8m in 2012-13.

Offsetting these increases was a sizeable fall in funded expenditure on Environmental heritage from $123.1m in 2011-12 to $87.1m in 2012-13, a drop of 29%. Expenditure on Archives fell 6% to $106.3m over the same period.


ARTS

In 2012-13 the estimate of Australian Government funded expenditure on Arts activities was $1,756.2m. This was similar to the $1,744.5m reported in 2011-12 and accounted for 74% of the total cultural expenditure funded by the Australian Government.

The Arts categories with the highest reported expenditure were Radio and television services ($1,281.1m), Other arts ($146.1m) and Film and video production and distribution ($100.4m). The Other arts category comprises activities and services such as administration, maintenance and operation that cannot be assigned to a specific category. Together these three categories account for 87% of all funded expenditure on Arts activities undertaken by the Australian Government.


AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CULTURAL EXPENDITURE, By selected categories

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RECURRENT EXPENDITURE

In 2012-13 the estimate of recurrent expenditure funded by the Australian Government was $2,213.8m (94% of total Australian Government cultural expenditure). Of this recurrent expenditure, $1,679.7m was for Arts activities and $534.1m for Heritage activities.

Categories with the highest recurrent expenditure reflected the categories with the highest overall expenditure. For Arts activities, this was Radio and television services ($1,214.5m), Other arts ($145.4m) and Film and video production and distribution ($100.4m). For Heritage activities, the categories with the highest recurrent expenditure were Other museums and cultural heritage ($255.3m) and Archives ($98.5m).


CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

The estimate of capital expenditure in 2012-13 funded by the Australian Government was $147.4m or 6% of all cultural expenditure. However, this was a decrease of $18.3m from the $165.7m reported in 2011-12. The majority (52%) of Australian Government funded capital expenditure was for Arts activities in 2012-13. This was a decrease from 2011-12 where 61% of capital expenditure was for Arts activities.

The category with the highest capital expenditure in 2012-13 was Radio and television services ($66.6m).

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