We measure the impact of our National Cultural Institutions and highlight the key role they play in the cultural lives of Australians.

We do this through the key performance indicator framework which was developed in close consultation with our National Cultural Institutions and provides a consistent, best practice approach to measuring and reporting performance data. The statistics for 2014–15 can be found below. We are currently compiling the results for the 2015–16 reporting period.

2014-15 Performance

Visits to our National Collecting Institutions are increasing.<br />
In 2014-15, there were 9,485,978 visits, (up from 8,775,079). This number is comprised of 3,122,537 onsite visitors, 322,425 onsite students as part of an organised educational group, and 6,041,016 offsite visitors.<br />
96% of surveyed visitors were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit, an increase of 1% from 2013-14.


02.	Access to our National Cultural Institutions.<br />
Nearly a third of onsite visitors to the National Collecting Institutions were from regional and remote areas.<br />
This includes 28.1% onsite paid visitors and 28.4% onsite student visitors. 34.1% of offsite events were held in regional and remote areas.<br />
There were over 37,378,000 visits to the National Cultural Institutions websites, including 244,855,000 page views.


Student Programs at the National Collecting Institutions.<br />
International research indicates that students who participate in arts courses show improved educational outcomes across all subjects.<br />
391,388 students participated in school programs.<br />
322,425 students visited onsite as part of an organised educational group. Of these, 241,407 were primary students, 64,303 were secondary, 12,980 were post-secondary, and 3,735 were preschool.<br />
Of the teachers surveyed, 99% reported an overall positive experience (up 1%), and 96% reported relevance to the classroom curriculum (up 3%).<br />


Public programs contribute to lifelong learning about the arts.<br />
At the National Collecting Institutions, 243,255 people participated in public programs.<br />
Of those surveyed, 93% were satisfied with their visit, and 82% reported increased understanding.<br />


National Cultural Institutions Collections.<br />
There are currently 9,532,114 objects in our national collections. In 2014-15, there were 188,377 new acquisitions.<br />
8.9% of the national collections has been digitised (up from 8.6%), and 6.2% of the national collections are available to the public online (up from 5.2%). Some items are digitised for preservation purposes only so are not made available to the public.<br />


National Cultural Institutions supporting creativity and innovation.<br />
Australia Council and Screen Australia funded 345 culturally diverse projects and events; and 9,156 new Australian artwork projects.<br />
The Australian Film Television and Radio School and Screen Australia supported 147 projects for festivals. This is comprised of 75 National (up from 71), and 72 International (up from 49).<br />
76 awards were won by students, practitioners or organisations supported by the Australian Film Television and Radio School and Screen Australia.<br />


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3 Year trend

Visits to our National Collecting Institutions are increasing.<br />
Visits were 8,843,062 in 2012-13; 8,775,079 in 2013-14; and 9,485,978 in 2014-15.<br />


Engagement with our National Cultural Institutions remains strong.<br />
The audience for Screen Australia Productions were 138,002,000 in 2012-13; 138,412,000 in 2013-14; and 136,249,000 in 2014-15.<br />
Attendance at Australia Council-supported activities were 15,400,000 in 2012-13; 15,938,000 in 2013-14; 17,742,000 in 2014-15.<br />


Visitor satisfaction remains high, at 96% (up from 95%).<br />
School Programs have also done well, with teacher overall satisfaction at 96% (up from 95%), and relevance to the curriculum also at 96% (up from 93%).<br />


The size of our national collections is increasing. There were 9,071,141 objects in 2012-13; 9,316,079 in 2013-14; and 9,532,114 in 2014-15.


Digitisation and online availability of our national collections is increasing.<br />
The percentage of collections digitised (not necessarily available to the public) has grown, from 7.9% in 2012-13, 8.6% in 2013-14, to 8.9% in 2014-15.<br />
The percentage of collections available to the public is also steadily increasing, from 4.7% in 2012-13, 5.2% in 2013-14, to 6.2% in 2014-15.<br />


Projects supported and selected for festivals has increased. Out of these projects, there were 75 for national festivals (up from 71), and 72 for international festivals (up from 49).




National Collecting Institutions currently include the Australian National Maritime Museum; the Bundanon Trust; the Museum of Australian Democracy; the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia; the National Gallery of Australia; the National Library of Australia; the National Museum of Australia; and the National Portrait Gallery.

National Cultural Institutions currently include the above and the Australia Council; the Australian Film, Television and Radio School; and Screen Australia.