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Local government puts up 27% of national spend on cultural activities
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A new report has been released on cultural funding by government in 2015-16 which estimates that local government spends $1,578.3 million (27%) of the total national spend on cultural activities.

The report measured 24 categories across the heritage and arts sectors. The categories included museums, libraries, arts education, archives, music, festivals and film production.

The expenditure levels of the local government sector on cultural activities generally reflected the size of the population, with the highly populated states spending more. In 2015-16, the estimate of expenditure by local government authorities in New South Wales was $519.1 million, in Victoria $408.2 million and $285.2 million in Queensland. The combined expenditure of these states on cultural activities represented 77% of total local government-funded expenditure on cultural activities.

The estimated total expenditure by the three tiers of government during this period was $5,841.2 million, with $2,289.8 million (39.2%) from the Australian Government and $1,973.1 million (33.8%) from state and territory governments.

The amount spent on cultural activities by all government averaged $243.97 per person in Australia.

Read the full report on the Department of Communications and the Arts website.



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