4183.0 - Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/08/2011   
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Recurrent expenditure refers mainly to expenditure on operations, wages and salaries, purchases of goods and services, and current grants and subsidies. In 2009-10, recurrent expenditure was $5,769.2m or 87% of total cultural funding. The Australian Government allocated $2,218.4m (90%) of its cultural funding towards recurrent activity, while state and territory governments allocated $2,502.1m (83%) and local governments allocated $1,048.7m (88%).

Capital expenditure is primarily expenditure on the creation of fixed assets and on the acquisition of land, buildings and intangible assets. In any one year, the amount of funding for cultural activities can be affected by high levels of one-off capital expenditure. The total capital expenditure by all levels of government was $888.9m or 13% of total cultural funding in 2009-10. The majority of this capital expenditure was from state and territory governments which outlaid $501.2m (56% of total capital funding) while the Australian government outlaid $238.6m (27%) and local governments $149.0m (17%).

RECURRENT AND CAPITAL FUNDING, By level of government - 2009-10
Graph: RECURRENT AND CAPITAL FUNDING, By level of government—2009–10