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

Census stories and more

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday its two latest articles with highlights of the 2011 Census in its series, “Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census.”

The latest articles are Year 12 Achievement and Continuing Education, and Where and how do Australia’s Older People live?

The eight earlier articles include Western Australia – Outback: A Population Overview, Still on the Move, Who are Australia’s Older People?, Counting Resident and Non-resident Populations in the Census, Same-sex Couple Famiies, Cultural Diversity in Australia, 100 years of Australian Lives – Population, and Census history.

The article, “Cultural Diversity in Australia“, is an interesting read. It gives the reader information on top sources of Australian migration, languages most spoken at home, and other noteworthy statistics.