4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (First Edition)  
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This publication presents a statistical overview of culture and the arts in Australia. The information is drawn from a variety of mainly Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data sources which are presented, wherever possible, to align with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (cat. no. 4902.0).

This ABS publication is the fifth statistical overview on culture and the arts produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). Data have been updated where new data were available at the time of release. Please refer to the table below for an indication of new data to be published from June 2008. These upcoming data sources will be used to update future editions of this publication.

Indicative Release Dates

Indicative release date

National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd., Students and Courses, 2007.
Jul 2008
ABS, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4183.0).
Aug 2008
4, 8-12
Australian Film Commission, National Survey of Feature Film and TV Drama Production 2007-08.
Nov 2008
ABS, Balance of Payment and International Investment Position Australia, March 2008 (cat. no. 5302.0).
Jun 2008
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students (full Year): Selected Higher Education Statistics, 2007.
July 2008
ABS, International Trade, Australia: on request, 2007-08 (cat.no. 5466.0).
July 2008
AMPAG, Australian Major Performing Arts Group, (2007).
June 2008
ABS, International Trade in Services by Country, State and by Detailed Services Category, 2006-07 (cat. no. 5368.0.55.003).
November 2008
ABS, Performing Arts, Australia 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).
May 2008
ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits 2003-2008 (cat. no. 8165.0).
December 2008
13, 15


This ABS publication was produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics and made possible with funding assistance from the Cultural Ministers Council (CMC) and their Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG).

All ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act, 1905.


Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total.


Information about ABS activities in the field of culture and recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation Statistics theme page on the ABS web site. This theme page also contains information about the role of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics within the ABS. To access the theme page, select Themes from the menu on the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.