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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Still on the policy front, work is continuing on the development of the National Cultural Policy (NCP). As I mentioned in our previous newsletter, a discussion paper outlining the proposed goals and strategies for the new NCP was released by the Minister for Arts, the Hon Simon Crean in August 2011. Since that time a number of organisations, community groups and interested members of the public have taken the opportunity to have their say. The Minister is reviewing all the feedback received prior to finalising the NCP which he expects to release later in 2012. Public submissions are available for viewing through the National Cultural Policy page on the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport website.
I also draw your attention to the first issue of Participation in Selected Cultural Activities (cat. no. 4921.0) released in February 2012. The publication outlines the participation of Australians in a range of cultural activities, the patterns of cultural participation and other various points of interest. It is expected that this survey will be conducted every three years.
There are also a number of publications due for release this month, including Sport and Social Capital (cat. no. 4917.0) and Volunteers in Sport (cat. no. 4440.0.55.001). A new edition of Perspectives in Sport (cat. no. 4156.0.55.001) is expected to be released mid-year.
I hope you find this newsletter informative and interesting. Please feel free to contact the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics with any questions, comments or suggestions.
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