4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2001   
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Data on the size, activities and outputs of cultural service industries are considered by many in the sector to provide fundamental information for decision-making, planning and evaluation. For this reason, the ABS recently collected data on a number of such industries in respect of the 1999-2000 financial year. Publications based on these collections are being released progressively. In this edition of the newsletter, a number of key findings from those publications released to date are presented. Forthcoming publications, which are planned for release in August 2001, describe Film and video production and distribution, Commercial art galleries and the Performing arts industries.

Meanwhile, data on a large number of sport and recreation service industries will be collected later this year with respect to the 2000-01 financial year. The data from these surveys will be available from mid 2002.

In addition to those mentioned above, a number of other publications of relevance to the culture, sport and leisure sectors were released in the past quarter. These include a look at what the Olympics did for the accommodation sector in 2000 and an examination of the leisure activities of Tasmanians. Meanwhile, some data collections are currently being undertaken by the ABS that will provide us with up-to-date information on the physical activity levels of Australians and on sporting facilities in Indigenous communities. Finally, one of the most common questions we receive here at NCCRS is: 'Why are the ABS and Sweeney survey results on sport participation and attendance so different?' Information on all of these topics can be found in this edition of the newsletter.

Over the next few months, NCCRS expects to release a number of publications. In particular, the ABS Cultural Funding, 1999-2000 publication (ABS Cat. no. 4183.0) is scheduled for release in late July. In addition, the Book Publishers,1999-2000 report (ABS Cat. no. 1363.0) and the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ABS Cat. no. 4902.0) are due out shortly. The next edition of this newsletter will provide details on these reports.

Adriana Vanden Heuvel