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Audience trends

Total annual expenditure on the arts, entertainment and other related items, all Australian households, 1988/89, 1993/94, 1998/99 and 2003/04

Rank Item Total annual expenditure ($m) % change 98/99
to 03/043
03/04 98/99 93/942 88/89 93/94 98/99 03/04
Total spending 6,127 10,085 11,971 17,888 49%
1 1 1 Home computer equipment,
software and TV games, total1
535 1,359 1,874 2,940 57%
  Home computer equipment (including pre-packaged software) n.a. n.a. n.a. 2,400  
  TV games and computer software n.a. n.a. n.a. 540  
2 2 3 TV (equipment, hire, etc), total4 645 1,008 1,259 1,960 55%
  TV (equipment hire etc) excluding home entertainment systems n.a. n.a. n.a. 1,424  
  Home entertainment systems n.a. n.a. n.a. 536  
3 3 2 Books 705 1,063 1,152 1,589 38%
4 7 10 Video cassette recorders, etc, total 544 458 737 1,234 67%
  Video cassette recorders n.a. n.a. n.a. 145  
  Video cameras n.a. n.a. n.a. 371  
  Set-top boxes n.a. n.a. n.a. 77  
  Digital video disc/laser disc players and video equipment n.a. n.a. n.a. 641  
5 6 8 Photographic materials, etc, total 465 626 741 1,105 49%
  Photographic equipment (excluding film and chemicals) n.a. n.a. n.a. 472  
  Photographic film and chemicals (including developer) n.a. n.a. n.a. 432  
  Studio and other professional photography n.a. n.a. n.a. 202  
6 16 n.a. Subscription TV fees5 n.a. n.a. 267 1,085 306%
7 4 5 Newspapers 578 881 941 1,033 10%
8 15 14 Video cassettes and video discs (blank and pre-recorded), total 107 248 267 924 246%
  Blank video cassetttes and video discs n.a. n.a. n.a. 85  
  Pre-recorded video cassettes and video discs n.a. n.a. n.a. 839  
9 8 7 Magazines and other printed material, total 358 650 707 783 11%
  Magazines and comics n.a. n.a. n.a. 726  
  Other printed material n.a. n.a. n.a. 57  
10 9 12 Cinema fees and charges 200 409 622 779 25%
11 5 6 CDs, records and tapes 341 661 767 666 -13%
  Pre-recorded compact discs and records (audio) n.a. n.a. n.a. 645  
  Audio cassettes and tapes n.a. n.a. n.a. 20  
12= 10 11 Live theatre admissions 259 444 548 641 17%
12= 11 13 Cultural and other non-sporting lessons, total 206 327 545 641 17%
  Culture course n.a. n.a. n.a. 460  
  Recreational and other non-sporting lessons n.a. n.a. n.a. 182  
14 13 4 Radio and stereo equipment 471 895 404 508 25%
15 12 9 Hire of video cassette tapes and TV/computer games 327 492 452 472 4%
16 17 15 Repairs to audiovisual equipment and personal computers 132 172 145 403 178%
17 18 n.a. Online charges6 n.a. n.a. 104 379 264%
18 14 17 Paintings, carvings and sculptures 62 134 274 282 3%
19 19 16 Musical instruments and accessories 138 158 93 270 190%
20 20 19 National park and zoo admissions 23 45 37 97 134%
21 21 20 Art gallery and museum fees and charges 14 41 26 61 134%
22 22 21 Audiovisual equipment and personal computer repairs insurance 17 14 11 36 227%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Household Expenditure Survey, 1988/89, 1993/94, 1998/99 and 2003/04 (unpublished data).

Notes:
n.a. data not available
1. Due to classification changes the TV games category has been combined with home computer equipment and software from 1998/99.
2. There were 21 categories in 1993/94, including TV games as a separate category (it ranked 18th).
3. Expenditure by all households increases with growth in the number of households; the number of households grew by 22 per cent between 1988/89 and 1993/94, by 8 per cent between 1993/94 and 1998/99 and by 9 per cent between 1998/99 and 2003/04. The CPI also rose by 18 per cent between 1998/99 and 2003/04.
4. Includes TV aerials.
5. Included as a separate category for the first time in 1998/99.
6. Included as a separate category for the first time in 1998/99; includes internet service provider charges.

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