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Funding for cultural development in the 1992-93 budget

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NEWS RELEASE The Hon Wendy Fatin MR Minister for the Arts and Territories *

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women


In the 1992-93 Budget the Federal Government has provided $260.5 million for the development of Australian culture.

"This level of funding will allow us to maintain a balanced mix of programs to meet a variety of cultural needs in film, the development' of individual artists, community cultural development and the preservation of our cultural heritage,"

according to the Minister for the Arts and Territories, Wendy Fatin. ■ .

"The Government has demonstrated its appreciation of the important roles that art and culture play in Australian society by retaining the current program framework and base funding level, even in difficult economic times."


$81.4 million has been allocated to the arts in the 1992-93 . Budget. ·This includes funds for a new National Performing Arts Touring Program (see separate press release).

The Australia Council, the Government's arts funding body,, will receive $56.9 million to carry out its important role of promoting excellence in the development of the arts and in , public access. Additional funding is to be provided for the

Australian Artists Creative Fellowship Scheme and to performing arts companies.

Public Lending Right will continue its $4.1 million program of compensating authors for use of their works in public libraries.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art will receive $2.9 million and the Australian Ballet School $580,000 for their training programs.

The Australian Opera will receive $7.1 million for its . activities. .

The Government has also agreed to provide one-off additional funding of $1.8 million over two years to the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra;/and the State Orchestra of Victoria.

Artbank has now completed its successful transition to self­ funding and will operate on a full cost recovery basis.


The Budget also includes $105.5 million to assist Australian film and television production industry

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Major elements includer

• $61.9 million to the Australian Film Finance Corporation for investment in private sector film production (see separate press release).

• $17 million to the Australian Film Commission (AFC) to encourage the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of Australian film and television programs.

• $10.7 million to the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School, the national training institute.

$8.1 million has been provided to the National Film and Sound Archive, including ongoing funds to replace ' existing temporary preservation and restoration projects (see separate press release).

• $5.9 million to Film Australia Pty Ltd for the production of programs in the national interest.

• $1.2 million to the Australian Children's Television Foundation.


The 1992-93 Budget provides $73.6 million for Cultural Heritage and Information programs. Ms Fatin said that ongoing funding levels have been maintained and additional funds provided for a range of programs.

The National Library of Australia is to receive $30.6 million.

The Australian National Gallery is to receive $19.2 million

The Australian National Maritime Museum, which opened to the public in November 1991, has been allocated $10.5 million.

The National Museum of Australia will receive $4.5 million to maintain its collection.

The Historic Shipwrecks Program, which mainly assists specified State authorities with maritime archaeology activities, will receive $404,000.

$131,000 has been provided to assist a diverse range of voluntary heritage organisations to disseminate information on Australia's cultural heritage and to commemorate historic events and famous persons. ■

$4.6 million has been provided to the National Science and Technology Centre.

Further information ’ -

Ms R Dewsbury (Minister's Office) (06) 277 7360 Mr G Dempster (DASETT) (06) 274 1300

18 August 1992