4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2006   
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The NCCRS, in partnership with the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMCSWG), is seeking to improve statistical and research information to support informed decision making and community debate across the arts and cultural heritage field. A key issues paper has been prepared to assess our current priorities and decide future directions. The paper identifies policy issues, potential research questions and useful data sources. A questionnaire accompanies the paper and seeks feedback regarding whether we have correctly identified the broad issues and questions, and what the priorities for arts and cultural heritage research and statistics in Australia should be.

The key issues paper and feedback questionnaire have recently been emailed to government arts agencies, peak bodies, community arts networks, city councils, regional bodies and researchers across Australia. Comments are requested by 7 April. After we have compiled all feedback, the paper will be reviewed and priorities determined in consultation with CMCSWG. Decisions will be made on actions, including further analyses, and an "Information Development Plan for the Arts and Cultural Heritage" will be prepared. The plan will be subject to regular review to include new data sources and identify changes in policy priorities and data needs.

If you would like a copy of the key issues paper and the feedback questionnaire - or if you have any questions about this project - please contact Sue McKay on (08) 8237 7394 or email <nccrs@abs.gov.au>.