4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2009  
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Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4183.0) was released on August 28, 2009.

This publication contains estimates of Australian public funding for arts and cultural activities, facilities and services across the three levels of government for 2007-08. Detailed expenditure by local governments for heritage and arts cultural activities, facilities and services is provided for the first time, and is available for both 2007-08 and 2006-07.

The survey of Cultural Funding by Government for 2007-08 collected information on operational and capital expenditure by Australian and state government departments (including selected authorities, corporations and councils) for heritage and arts cultural activities, facilities and services.

Please be aware that estimates reported at the Australian government and state and territory government level are not comparable with previous years due to changes in methodology, scope and coverage of the collection. In previous years the estimates were compiled from administrative by-product data obtained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from annual reports and budget papers and from information provided by selected Australian Government authorities and state and territory governments. For the 2007-08 year estimates have been compiled using information provided directly to the ABS via an electronic-form which was sent to all in-scope government departments (including selected agencies, authorities and corporations).

Local government funding data is obtained by the ABS from state and territory Local Government Grants Commissions data, or equivalent. The local government data is classified according to the Local Government Purpose Classification (LGPC) and not the Government Purpose Classification (GPC) as in previous years.