4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2013  
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The innovative work on the development of Cultural and Creative Satellite Accounts is continuing. Following the release of the feasibility study findings in the Discussion Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 5271.0.55.001) in June, we have begun to construct the actual account. It is expected that the first experimental Australian accounts will be released in early 2014. This work is an important step towards a better understanding of how arts and culture contribute to, and interact with, the national economy.

In early October we will be sending out the forms for the 2012-13 Cultural Funding by Government survey. Some of you will remember the Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4183.0) survey conducted earlier in 2013. The reason for having two surveys this year is to enable us to move the 2013-14 survey closer to the end of the reference period thus enabling us to release the results earlier than for previous surveys. This will make the results more timely and useful. We expect the 2012-13 results to be released in April 2014, about four months earlier in the year than for past surveys.

Major releases from the Australian Health Survey (cat. no. 4364.0.55.003) occurred in June. These were followed by physical activity data from the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey in July. The publication Australian Health Survey: Physical Activity (cat. no. 4364.0.55.004) includes information on physical activity and sedentary behaviour undertaken by adults and children. NCCRS is preparing articles based on this data for the next edition on Perspectives on Sport which is due to be released later in 2013.

There were a number of other releases for sport and culture data mid year. In June Film, Television and Digital Games, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 8679.0) was released which provides data on businesses in these industries as well as production costs for film and television. June also saw the release of Perspectives on Sport (cat. no. 4156.0.55.001) which included articles on participation by women and children and a fact sheet on sporting facilities.

We are currently working on two new publications which will be released in the next few months. Arts and Culture: State and Territory Profiles (cat. no. 4920.0) will be released in early October and will include data for each state and territory on cultural employment, government expenditure on culture and the arts and cultural participation by adults and children. Value of Sport, Australia (cat. no. 4156.0.55.002), to be released in late October, will bring together economic data currently available about sport and physical recreation in Australia from a variety of ABS sources.

An important project currently in progress is the development of a robust multi-year collection cycle for sport and physical recreation data. Development work will be informed by the Information Paper: Defining Sport and Exercise, a Conceptual Model, 2008 (cat. no. 4149.0.55.001) as well as the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework. Data items and needs are currently being reviewed in consultation with the Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials Research Group. This process will help to ensure that users get the data they require with the appropriate degree of frequency.

There are several other ABS surveys currently in development that have components pertaining to sport and culture. These include the 2014 General Social Survey, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, the Childhood Education and Care Survey, as well as the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. We will keep you informed on progress and when data is expected to be released.

I hope you find this newsletter informative and interesting. Please feel free to contact the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Andrew Middleton