4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/01/2003   
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The ABS undertook its first collection of data relating to government funding of sport and physical recreation, for the year 2000-01. This collection covered the three tiers of government, and was undertaken with support from the Standing Committee on Sport and Recreation. It is hoped that resources may be provided to undertake the collection again in future years, although no collection has been planned for data relating to 2001-02.

Funding for sport and recreation activities across all levels of government totalled $2,124m in 2000-01. Of this, the Commonwealth Government contributed $199m (9%), state and territory governments contributed $875m (41%) and local governments contributed $1,050m (49%). The average funding per person on sport and recreation was $110.21.

Some of this funding was for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games which were held in September and October 2000 respectively. The Commonwealth Government contributed $72m towards the Games in 2000-01, while the NSW Government provided $382m.

Most (over 90%) of the $2,124m of sport and recreation funding in 2000-01 was directed to recreation parks and waterways ($682m), venues and sports grounds ($611m), special events ($452m), administration, policy and planning ($141m) and participation by clubs, teams and individuals ($76m).

Main features of Sport and Recreation Funding by Government, Australia, 2000–01 are available free of charge on this site. Results of a similar survey on government spending on culture were summarised in our October 2002 newsletter. This showed that funding for cultural activities across all levels of government totalled $4,455m in 2000-01. The main results of this survey, published in Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2000-01 are available free of charge on this site.