A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Regular readers may have noticed that there was no NCCRS newsletter issued in April 2002. This was because, although a number of projects were under way, the publications resulting from that work only began to appear in the second quarter of the year. In turn, this edition of the newsletter describes a number of publications which have been released in recent months.
Commencing last August, the ABS collected data on a number of sport and leisure industries, in respect of the 2000-01 financial year. Publications based on these collections are being released progressively through 2002. In this edition of the newsletter, key findings from the publications released to date are presented, with a particular focus on gambling activity and amusement industries. We are looking forward to the release of information about sports industries later this year. Detailed information about these industries was last collected in respect of 1994-95.
Another survey conducted in respect of 2000-01 was the Business Generosity Survey. In this edition of the newsletter we have highlighted the extent to which businesses support arts and sporting activities through sponsorships and donations. A survey which collected information about sporting facilities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is also covered, as is a report prepared last year by NCCRS on evidence of the social benefits of participating in sport and recreation, which is now available on the Australian Sports Commission web site.