4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2000  
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In April 2000 the ABS will conduct a survey on children's participation in culture and leisure activities. The survey, which targets children aged 5 to 14 years, will request details of sports undertaken outside of school hours particularly where they have been organised by schools, clubs or associations. Details will also be sought on children's involvement in other activities such as learning a musical instrument or taking singing or dancing lessons and their use of information technology.

A questionnaire is currently being developed for the supplement to the April 2001 Monthly Population Survey which will capture information on people's involvement in culture and leisure activities. In particular, the survey will determine the number of people undertaking paid and unpaid work in organised sport, organised recreational physical activities and selected cultural activities in the 12 months prior to being interviewed. Data from this survey is expected to be available in November 2001.

Questionnaires are currently being finalised for the 1999-2000 Service Industries Surveys (SIS) program. The surveys will collect information on the size, structure and nature of a number of cultural industries including libraries, museums, festivals, performing arts venues and commercial art galleries. Data from the surveys are expected to become available progressively between May and September 2001.

From mid 2001 onwards, the 2000-2001 SIS program will collect data from sport and recreation industries. At this stage initial planning had been undertaken, and it is expected that over the next 12 months extensive industry consultation will occur.

The NCCRS is currently developing a questionnaire for a survey of book publishers to be conducted from September 2000 (with data available in early 2001). The survey will collect 1999-2000 data on the number of businesses, the value and volume of sales, expenditure and employment in the book publishing industry.

Information on financial support by governments to the cultural sector is currently being collected and processed by the NCCRS. Details of expenditure by Commonwealth, state and local governments for the financial year 1998-99 are expected to be published by the ABS around July 2000. A more detailed publication is being prepared for the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group.

Work is continuing on updating the National Sport and Recreation Industry Database and Directory (NSRIDD). The latest CD ROM was released in March.