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As a result of the high level of support among stakeholders, the ABS has decided to adopt the proposals presented in the discussion paper. New funding provided by the federal and state and territory governments through the Cultural Ministers' Statistics Working Group has also made it possible for the ABS to proceed with the construction of the first cultural and creative activity satellite accounts for Australia. The first satellite accounts will be for the 2008-09 reference year and have the tag of ‘experimental’ which designates they may require refinement after user feedback is received. The potential to produce state and territory splits of the satellite accounts will be further assessed once the Australian accounts have been completed. The Australian satellite accounts are scheduled to be published on 10 February 2014.
The ability to produce the satellite accounts for future reference years will depend on the continued availability of investment funds from stakeholders, as well as the continued availability of the various input data needed to construct the accounts (particularly the ABS’ input-output tables).
Inquiries from stakeholders will continue to be welcome as the ABS moves ahead with these plans to construct the Australian satellite accounts. The ABS will also welcome opportunities to collaborate with organisations undertaking similar work for other nations, and to collaborate towards the development of international standards like those which exist for other types of satellite accounts.
Inquiries may be forwarded to:
National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 2272
Adelaide SA 5001
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