4183.0 - Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/11/2012   
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9 November, 2012
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Government spend on culture remains steady

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported today that the total expenditure funded by government for cultural activities in 2010-11 was $6,650.2m.

The ABS Director of Culture, Recreation and Migration Statistics, Andrew Middleton, said that today's Cultural Funding by Government, Australia release contains estimates of Australian public funding for environmental heritage and arts and cultural activities by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and local governments.

"Government spending for cultural activities was relatively consistent between 2010-11 and 2009-10, with an increase of less than 1 per cent ($21.5m)," said Mr Middleton.

"The federal Government contributed one third ($2,271.6m), state and territory governments contributed nearly half (47 per cent or $3,118.9m) and local government contributed $1,259.9m.

"The highest expenditure of Australian Government funds was for radio and television services with $1,209.2m.

"At the state and territory government level, the highest expenditure of government funds was for environmental heritage, with $1.306.5m.

"The estimate of expenditure by the three tiers of government, in 2010-11, averaged $299.80 per person in Australia which was a fall from $302.30 in 2009-10.

"Recurrent expenditure was $5,771.8m, an increase of 2 per cent from 2009-10, and capital expenditure was $878.4m which was a decrease of 7 per cent from 2009-10" said Mr Middleton.

More details, including data for individual states and territories, can be found in Cultural Funding by Government, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4183.0) available free on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.

Media note:
When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.

Government spending on cultural activities by state and territory, 2010-11