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Cinema industry trends

This page is no longer updated by Screen Australia. For information about ongoing data see Other data sources > Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Items of expenditure for businesses in the film exhibition industry, 1993/94, 1996/97, 1999/00

The two major areas of expenditure were film hire/rental and labour costs, accounting for 29 per cent and 16 per cent of total costs respectively.

Film hire costs in 1999/2000 were $268.2 million, representing film hire per paid admission of $3.40 compared to $2.90 in 1996/97.

Labour costs in 1999/2000 were $148.5 million, representing an average labour cost per employee of $16,100, unchanged since 1996/97. As a proportion of total expenses, wages and salaries fell from 16 per cent in 1996/97 to 14 per cent in 1999/2000.

  Amount ($m) Contribution (%)
1993/94 1996/97 1999/00 1993/94 1996/97 1999/00
Total expenses 560.1 713.2 934.3 100% 100% 100%
Operating expenses
Labour costs 99.0 123.1 148.5 18% 17% 16%
Wages and salaries 92.1 114.1 129.9 16% 16% 14%
Other labour costs1 6.9 9.0 18.6 1% 1% 2%
Film hire/rental 168.1 211.2 268.2 30% 30% 29%
Other operating expenses2 180.4 264.6 358.4 32% 37% 38%
Total operating expenses 447.5 598.9 775.1 80% 84% 83%
Non-operating expenses
Goods for resale3 28.8 40.1 49.1 5% 6% 5%
Other non-operating costs4 83.7 74.2 110.2 15% 10% 12%
Total non-operating expenses 112.5 114.3 159.3 20% 16% 17%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Motion Picture Exhibition Australia 1999–2000 (cat. no. 8654.0).

Notes:
1. Employer contributions to superannuation funds; workers’ compensation costs, payroll tax and fringe benefits tax.
2. Includes other rent (land, buildings etc.), leasing and hiring expenses; repair and maintenance expenses; motor vehicle running expenses; advertising; cleaning services; marketing; telephones. Also includes electricity, gas and water charges (in 1993/94 and 1996/97 these costs were included under non-operating costs).
3. At owner-operated refreshment bars.
4. Includes interest expenses; insurance premiums; depreciation and amortisation.

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