4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Dec 1998  
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Publications released September to December 1998

i) Performing Arts Industries, Australia, 1996-97, ABS Cat. no. 8697.0, ($16.00) was released on 9 October. It contains economic data on Music and Theatre Productions (by type of organisation), Performing Arts Venues and Services to the Arts.

  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - The 1,399 employing businesses in the performing arts industries employed 13,359 persons, accrued total income of $1,281million and had an industry gross product of $401 million in 1996-97.

ii) Radio and Television Services, Australia, 1996-97, ABS Cat. no. 8680.0, ($18.50) was released on 9 November. It contains economic data on the radio and television industry.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - The industry gross product was $343 million for private radio broadcasters, $776 million for private television broadcasters, and $395 million for public radio and television broadcasters during 1996-97.

iii) Film and Video Production and Distribution, Australia, 1996-97, ABS Cat. no. 8679.0 ($17.00) was released on 23 November. This publication contains information about the production and distribution industries.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - In 1996-97, the film and video production industry generated $1,129 million in total income, of which 60% was from commissioned works. Businesses in the distribution industry generated $974 million in total income.

iv) Casinos, Australia, 1997-98, ABS Cat. no. 8683.0 ($16.00) was released on 17 December, and contains information from a census of Australian casino businesses.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - At the end of June 1998, there were 13 casinos in Australia. These casino businesses employed a total of 20,531 persons and generated $2,710 million in income.

v) Employment in Sport and Recreation -it's not just a game, was released by the SA Office for Recreation and Sport in October. It contains information on sport and recreation and related employment in South Australia.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - A minimum of 20,000 South Australians are employed in the 'extended' sport and recreation sector.

vi) Cultural Funding in Australia, 1996-97, was released by the CMC SWG in November. It contains details on cultural funding by the three tiers of government.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - Total government funding was $3,450 million in 1996-97, an increase of $178 million from 1995-96. The major component was cultural facilities and services with $1,568 million.

vi) Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 1998, ABS Cat. no. 8146.0 ($16.00) was released on 2 November. It contains details on households use of computers/internet in the home and outside the home from surveys conducted in February and May 1998.
  • DATA HIGHLIGHT - The proportion of households frequently using a computer increased from 30% in 1996 to 36% in 1998. There were 13.5% of households with Internet access in 1998.