This publication presents results from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of organisations engaged in operating museums and art galleries. The survey was conducted in respect of the 2007-08 financial year by the ABS to provide detailed measures of the performance, structure and activity of museums and art galleries operating in Australia. It includes aspects such as: the composition of income and funding received; details of expenses incurred; characteristics of employment; and selected activities of museums and art galleries. A state dimension is also presented. Previous collections were conducted in respect of 2003-04, 1999-2000, 1997-98 and 1996-97 financial years.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The estimates in this publication are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 edition (ANZSIC06). Data in previous issues were based on the 1993 edition of ANZSIC (ANZSIC93).
COMPARISONS WITH PREVIOUS STATISTICS
The Museums Survey has not been designed to provide highly accurate estimates of change over time, particularly for activity items, so any comparisons with previous surveys should be made with caution. Estimates of change over time can be subject to changes in estimation methodology, scope, coverage, question wording, or levels of sampling error. Further information can be found in paragraph 19 of the Explanatory Notes and in the Technical Note on historical comparisons.
INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE
Detailed data is available free online in spreadsheet format. To access this information, go to the ABS web site <http://www.abs.gov.au>
MORE INFORMATION ON ABS SERVICE INDUSTRIES STATISTICS
Information about ABS activities in the field of service industries statistics is available from the Service Industries Statistics theme page on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au>. To access the theme page, select 'Themes' from the menu on the home page.
The ABS welcomes comments and suggestions from users regarding future surveys of Service Industries. These comments should be addressed to the Director, Goods and Services National Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT. 2616.
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the total.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Sarah Halbisch on Melbourne (03) 9615 7533.