4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second 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 data sources, including Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and non-ABS data, to provide a more complete picture of cultural industries. Care must be taken in comparing data from different sources presented in this publication due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods. For ABS sources, information on data quality is available (e.g. standard errors), but this is not always available for non-ABS sources.

Wherever possible, data are presented to align with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2008 (Second Edition) (ACLC) (cat. no. 4902.0). These classifications were developed by the ABS in order to promote a more unified body of statistical information about culture and leisure. In this publication, the cultural sector is defined as those industries in the ‘Heritage’ and ‘Arts’ divisions of the industry classification of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC). This excludes the 'Sports and physical recreation' division of the ACLC as well as recreational industries such as gambling and hospitality.

This is the sixth ABS statistical overview on culture and the arts. Data have been updated where available at the time of release. The table below provides indication of updated data to be released from November 2008 which will be used to update future editions of this publication.

Indicative Release Dates

Indicative release date

ABS, International Trade in Services by Country, State and by Detailed Services Category (cat. no. 5368.0.55.003).
Nov 2008
ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, Including Entries and Exits 2003-2008 (cat. no. 8165.0).
Dec 2008
ABS, Survey of Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0.30.001).
Dec 2008
Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Jan 2009
ABS, Employee Earning and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).
Feb 2009
Screen Australia, Get the Picture.
Feb 2009
ABS, Museums, Australia (cat. no. 8560.0).
Jul 2009
4, 5, 6, 8
Department of Education, Science and Training, Students (full Year): Selected Higher Education Statistics 2008.
Jul 2009
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd., Students and Courses 2008.
Jul 2009
ABS, Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4183.0).
Aug 2009
4, 8-12
Australia Business Arts Foundation (ABAF), Survey of Private Sector Support for the Arts.
Aug 2009
Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), Tracking Changes in Corporate Sponsorship and Private Donations.
Aug 2009


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

All ABS publications rely 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.


More information on culture and recreation statistics and the role of the NCCRS, is available from the Culture and Recreation Statistics theme page (available from the Themes menu on the ABS home page www.abs.gov.au). Some data provided in this publication is only available by request. For more information, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


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