4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/08/2002   
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Australian households spent an average of $27.19 per week on culture in 1998-99, which accounted for 3.9% of their average weekly expenditure and 3.1% of their average weekly income. With 7.1 million households in Australia, this means households collectively spent $10,098 million on culture in 1998-99. The cultural items which accounted for the most expenditure were books ($3.11 per week), televisions ($2.62 per week), newspapers ($2.54 per week) and pre-recorded compact discs and records ($1.91 per week).

This information is contained in the CMC SWG report Household Expenditure on Culture. This report was prepared by the NCCRS and is based on ABS data collected in 1998-99 Household Expenditure Survey. The report is available electronically on the CMC SWG web site: www.dcita.gov.au/swg. Alternatively, copies of the report can be requested from the CMC SWG Secretariat, c/o The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, GPO Box 2154, CANBERRA ACT 2601, telephone: 02 6271 1051, fax 02 6271 1697 or email:andrew.hunt@dcita.gov.au.