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Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second Edition)

On 22 October 2008, a revised issue of Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007 (cat. no. 4172.0) was released, updating the issue released in May 2008. This Compendium provides a statistical overview of arts and culture in Australia using a range of ABS and non-ABS data sources. Topics covered include: participation and attendance, tourism, household expenditure, funding by government and business, employment and other work, output of cultural industries, cultural trade and profiles of the various cultural sectors (e.g. museums, libraries, performing arts, etc.).

This edition includes updated data on

  • Tourism – 51% of International tourists visit cultural attractions while in Australia.
  • Cultural funding – Corporate sponsorship accounts for 54% of all sponsorship.
  • Performing arts – there are over 720 organisations in the performing arts industry in Australia.
  • Film, television and video production and post-production services – Film and video production services total income was $1,584.2m in 2006–07.
  • Creative arts students and courses – Approximately 68,100 students were undertaking higher education in creative arts in 2007.

This edition also includes four new feature articles on
  • Archives
  • Children's participation in selected organised cultural activities outside of school hours over time
  • How much time we spend on cultural activities
  • Migrant attendance and participation in cultural and sporting activities by proficiency in spoken English.

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