4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2011   
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About This Publication

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 (ABS, 2008c) 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 ninth statistical overview on culture and the arts. Data have been updated where available at the time of release. Chapters will be updated on a rolling basis as new data becomes available, with updated chapters being progressively released electronically to the ABS website.


This ABS publication was produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) and made possible with funding assistance from the Statistics Working Group (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 National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) is available from the Culture and Sport and Physical Recreation Statistics theme pages (available from the Topics @ a Glance menu on the ABS home page www.abs.gov.au). Some data provided in this publication are 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.