This report establishes a baseline understanding of the quantum and trends in expenditure on culture by all levels of government over the last decade. It presents findings and opportunities based on meaningful comparisons between different years, levels of government and areas of expenditure.
The report looks at more than a decade of expenditure on arts and culture by the three tiers of government in Australia (2007-08 to 2017-18). Current and credible data sources have been utilised and it is the most comprehensive study of its type. It identifies some basic international comparisons and, by synthesising available data, enables meaningful comparisons to be made now and into the future between different years, different levels of government and different areas of expenditure. One of our hopes is that people will realise the value in capturing, analysing and disseminating relevant data to ensure an even clearer picture of the funding environment and return on investment in all its forms.
As the first output of an ambitious research agenda, the report provides new insights and also raises many questions. Future reports are focused on impacts and benefits; changing production, consumption and distribution dynamics; and global shifts in cultural policy.