Cultural funding by government, 2007-08
Estimates of Australian public funding for arts and cultural activities, facilities and services across the three levels of government for 2007-08. Detailed expenditure by local governments for heritage and arts cultural activities, facilities and services is provided for the first time. For local governments, expenditure for the 2006-07 year has also been included.
Total government funding for cultural activities was $6.3 billion in 2007-08 ($6,311.4m). The Australian Government contributed $2,358.9m (37.4%) to total cultural funding while the state and territory governments contributed $2,952.2m (46.8%) and local governments provided $1,000.3m (15.8%).
Australian GovernmentState and territory government
The Australian Government continues to allocate the majority of its cultural funding (75.8%) to Arts activities. In 2007-08 the Australian Government allocated $1,788.2m to Arts activities and $570.7m to Heritage activities.
Radio and television services received the majority of Australian government Arts funding at $1,352.7m (75.6%) while other museums and cultural heritage received the majority of Heritage funding at $232.3m (40.7%).
State and territory governments allocated $2,952.2m to funding heritage and arts in 2007-08. The state and territory governments expended the majority of their funds on Heritage with $2,266.3m (76.8%) of their total cultural funding in this area. Arts activities received $685.8m or 23.2% of the total cultural funding by the state and territory governments.State and Territory Government Cultural Funding
Across all categories, the largest recipient of state and territory government funding was Environmental heritage which received $1,345.4m, accounting for 45.6% of the total state and territory cultural funding.
The highest proportion of total heritage funding allocated to Environmental heritage was in Western Australia (67.4%), followed by Queensland (65.3%), Victoria (61.2%) and South Australia (59.9%).
Other major recipients of state and territory cultural funding included Other museums and cultural heritage ($365.0m), Libraries ($317.6m), Performing arts venues ($235.2m) and Art museums ($178.2m). Of the states and territories, Tasmania had the highest proportion of cultural funding allocated to Heritage activities (90.0%) followed by the Northern Territory (88.7%). For total arts activities, Victoria had the highest proportion of total cultural funding (31.2%) followed closely by South Australia (30.5%).
By Value of Funding - 2007-08
Funding Per Person
In 2007-08, local government funding for cultural activities was $1000.3m, which was 15.8% of total cultural funding provided by all levels of government. This was an increase of $74.6m or 8.1% on 2006-07 when local government funding for cultural activities was $925.7m.
A majority of local government cultural funding (65.3%) was allocated to Libraries in 2007-08 ($653.4m). This was also the case in 2006-07 ($626.7m or 67.7%). Most public libraries are funded at the local government level, except in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory where libraries are mainly or solely funded by the state and territory governments. For 2007-08, South Australia had the highest proportion of local government funding for libraries (75.0%), followed by New South Wales (74.4%), Western Australia (67.6%), Victoria (59.8%) and Queensland (58.6%).
The amount of funding provided per person is calculated by dividing the amount of funding by the number of people in the relevant population. Per person cultural funding provided by all levels of government was $297.17 in 2007-08. The Australian Government per person contribution to cultural funding was $111.07 while the state and territory governments' contribution was $139.01 per person. Local government cultural funding was $47.10 per person in 2007-08.
State and Territory Government Cultural Funding
By $ Per Person - 2007-08
From the Australian Bureau of Statistics website via The Source