4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2008  
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Welcome to another issue of Culture and Recreation News. The level of knowledge and commitment of the NCCRS team coupled with the enthusiastic support of our stakeholders has made my first few months in the Director's position a truly enjoyable time.

Work on the conceptual front has progressed since the last newsletter with the completion of a minor review of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications and the subsequent release of the revised Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, Australia, Second Edition, 2008 (cat. no. 4902.0) in July. The occupations and industries detailed in the classifications form the basis of analyses in several of the publications that have also been produced in the last few months. Work is also continuing on the conceptual framework to better define the various types of involvement that people can have in arts, sport, and other culture and leisure activities. More information about this initiative will be forthcoming in the future.

The Information Paper: Towards Comparable Statistics for Cultural Heritage Organisations, 2008 (cat. no. 4916.0) will be released in November. This is a significant piece of work in that it provides guidelines to assist cultural heritage organisations (i.e. archives, galleries, libraries and museums) in terms of collection and reporting of data in a more consistent and comparable fashion. I would like to thank the cultural heritage organisations that have provided considerable input into the proposed guidelines.

Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4183.0) along with several industry specific publications - Television, Film and Video Production and Post-Production Services, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8679.0), Digital Game Development Services, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8515.0) and Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0) - have been released in mid 2008. I trust that users will find these publications of value.

The two flagship publications, Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2008 (Second Edition) (cat. no. 4172.0) and Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2008 (Edition 2) (cat. no. 4156.0), which provide users with a wealth of information about all aspects of the culture and heritage and sports and physical recreation sectors, will both be released in October.

On the survey front, development work is occurring on the Survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities to be conducted in April 2009, as well as the Surveys of Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation and Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events to be conducted in 2009-10. Output from these surveys is expected to be available in late 2009 and in 2010 respectively.

I hope you find this newsletter both enjoyable and useful.

Andrew Middleton
a/g Director