Cultural Indicators: Measuring Impact on Culture

An information paper prepared by members of the Creative Communities Network (Australia) with funds from the Local Government Research & Development Scheme. It was published in July 2012.

Local Government includes complex and interrelated functions relating directly to culture and the wellbeing of residents, the environment and the economy - on a local, as well as on a State, national and global scale. It also plays a significant role in funding and delivering cultural activities in Australia. In 2009-10, Local Government funding for cultural activities across Australia was $1,197.7m, which was 18% of total cultural funding provided by all levels of government. Building capacity and knowledge in the area of Culture will ensure Local Government makes well informed and value-for-money decisions.

Cultural Indicators: Measuring Impact on Culture


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