Australia/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

The following is taken from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ report on Cultural Funding by Government, Australia 2011-12 at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4183.0Main Features12011-12?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=4183.0&issue=2011-12&num=&view=

In 2011-12, the estimate of total expenditure funded by the three tiers of government, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was $6,974.3m for cultural activities. This comprised:

  • $2,355.0m (34% of total) from the Australian Government
  • $3,277.0m (47%) from state and territory governments
  • $1,342.3m (19%) from local government.

Total expenditure funded by government for cultural activities increased 5% in 2011-12, following a rise of less than 1% in 2010-11.

In 2011-12, the estimate of expenditure by the three tiers of government averaged $309.80 per person in Australia, an increase from $299.50 per person in 2010-11.

 Cultural expenditure funded by the Commonwealth Government in 2011-12 was $104.60 per person which was similar to expenditure of $104.50 per person in 2010-11. Expenditure in 2011-12 for Heritage activities was $27.10 per person, while for Arts it was $77.50 per person.

The estimate of expenditure by state and territory governments was $145.60 per person in 2011-12, comprising $107.10 per person for Heritage and $38.50 per person for Arts. This was a 5% increase on the 2010-11 figure of $138.20 per person. In 2009-10, expenditure by state and territory governments equated to $138.80 per person.

The estimate of expenditure on cultural activities by local government was $59.60 per person in 2011-12, a 5% increase from $56.80 per person in 2010-11. South Australia ($81.30), Victoria ($66.80) and Western Australia ($63.60) had the highest local government per person expenditure in 2011-12.


Chapter published: 27-12-2013


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