In 2010-11 recurrent expenditure was $5,771.8m, an increase of 2% from 2009-10 ($5,686.3m). Recurrent expenditure as a proportion of total cultural expenditure (87%) remained at a similar level to previous years: 86% in 2009-10 and 87% in 2008-09.
The estimate of recurrent expenditure by state and territory governments was $2,574.9m in 2010-11. In dollar terms this was the largest amount of the three levels of government although it represented only 83% of total cultural expenditure by state and territory governments. In contrast, the proportion of expenditure by the Australian Government and local government was higher for recurrent activities: 92% and 88% respectively. (Tables 2, 4 and 13)