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The eight national and state archives were also highly dependent on government funding with $97.9m of their total $109.1m income coming from this source in 2003-04. An additional $10.4m came from services to clients. The total expenses of these archives was $107.0m with the greatest expense item being labour costs ($46.3m).
According to Cultural Funding by Government, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4183.0), the Australian Government provided $63.3m towards funding for public libraries in 2006-07, a 5% decrease from the previous year ($66.7m). State and territory government funding of libraries also declined (11%), from $392.7m in 2005-06 to $350.9m in 2006-07.
Similarly, Australian Government funding for archives declined slightly from $67.4m in 2005-06 to $66.5m in 2006-07. State and territory government funding for archives fell by 11% over the same period, from $38.9m to $34.8m.
In contrast, funding of libraries at the local government level increased by 4%, with $619.7m provided by local government in 2006-07, compared with $595.4m in 2005-06.