Government spends up on culture

Australia’s federal, state and local governments spent nearly $7 billion on cultural activities during 2011-12, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“State and territory governments contributed nearly half this amount or $3.3 billion, the federal government contributed one-third or $2.4 billion, and local government contributed $1.3 billion,” said Andrew Middleton, Director of Culture, Recreation and Migration Statistics at the ABS.

“Overall, the total government expenditure on cultural activities in 2011-12 went up by five per cent – about one-third of a billion dollars – from the previous year.

“The highest expenditure of federal funds was for radio and television services, at $1.3 billion.

“At the state and territory government level, the biggest expenditure was for environmental heritage – that’s national parks, flora and fauna reserves, zoos, aquaria and botanic gardens, with $1.3 billion.

“Performing arts venues experienced the largest increase in expenditure at state and territory government level, up 36 per cent from $216.2m in 2010-11 to $294.4m in 2011-12.

“Government expenditure on cultural activities works out at $310 per person in Australia in 2011-12, compared with $300 in 2010-11.”

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Women still under-represented in positions of leadership

Women in Australia continue to be under-represented in positions of leadership, according to a new report released this month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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The report Gender Indicators, Australia brings together a variety of ABS and non-ABS data to look at the differences between men and women, and how these differences are changing over time.

ABS Director of Living Conditions Statistics, Caroline Daley, said men still held a higher proportion of Australia’s top leadership positions including federal and state parliamentarians, CEOs in the top 200 ASX companies and managers in the Australian Public Service.

“Seven out of ten federal and state parliamentarians were men, and this hasn’t changed over the past ten years,” Ms Daley said.

“The proportion of women CEOs in top 200 ASX companies has remained below five per cent for the last decade,” she said.

“The situation in the public service however is changing, with the proportion of women in senior and middle manager roles rising from 35 per cent in 2002 to 46 per cent in 2012.

The report also shows that more than twice as many men as women receive nominations and awards for the Order of Australia.

“The difference is greatest at the highest tiers of the honours system, where around three times as many men receive either the Companion of the Order (AC) or Officer of the Order (AO) award in the General Division,” Ms Daley said.

“In 2012, 682 men and 297 women received a General Division Order of Australia award at either the Australia Day or Queen’s Birthday announcements.

“Two women received the highest honour (AC), compared to 11 men, while 18 women and 57 men received the second highest honour (AO),” she said.