4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDING

In 2008-09, the majority (72% or $1,854.7m) of Australian Government cultural funding supported arts activities. Radio and television services were the main beneficiaries, receiving three quarters of the total arts activities funding provided by the Australian Government (75% or $1,391.1m).

Funding provided for cultural activities by the Australian Government in 2008-09 increased by $152.9m (6.3%) from 2007-08, with the majority ($125.0m or 82%) of this increase being directed to funding heritage activities. This resulted in a 18% increase in the value of funding per-person for heritage activities, while the value of total cultural funding per-person increased slightly by 3.9%.

4.2 Cultural Funding by level of Government - 2007-08 and 2008-09

2007-08
2008-09
Value
of
funding
Value of
funding per
person(a)
Value
of
funding
Value of
funding per
person(a)
$m
$
$m
$

Australian Government(b)
Total heritage
604.8
28.48
729.8
33.60
Total arts
1 826.8
86.01
1 854.7
85.38
Total cultural funding
2 431.6
114.49
2 584.5
118.98
State and territory government
Total heritage
2 210.8
104.10
2 313.8
106.52
Total arts
600.0
28.25
719.9
33.14
Total cultural funding
2 810.8
132.35
3 033.7
139.66
Local government
Total heritage(c)
na
na
na
na
Total arts(c)
na
na
na
na
Total cultural funding
1 038.7
48.91
1 154.2
53.13
Total government funding
6 281.1
295.75
6 772.5
311.77

na not available
(a) Although the Australian Capital Territory does not have a local government, its population has been included in calculations of per person funding. For more information see the Explanatory notes in Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4183.0).
(b) The Australian Government refers to the federal government. It does not refer to the aggregate of state and territory governments, nor does it include local government.
(c) Funding of arts and cultural activities by local government are classified according to the Local Government Purpose Classification (LGPC) and cannot be compared directly to total heritage and total arts funding by the Australian and state and territory governments which are classified according to the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC).
Source: ABS data available on request, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2008-09.






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