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How have the cultural categories on and application forms been determined?

Arts Tasmania is required to report to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. To do so in an effective manner and to allow comparison to with other jurisdictions, the Bureau requests a standard set of categories are used. These are derived from the Industry Classifications set out in the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2014 (Third Edition) (cat. no. 4902.0).


Dance - the presentation of dance performances, including ballet, classical, modern or contemporary dance. Includes funding for the provision of choreography services.
Design - the creative, artistic and aesthetic design of objects, concepts, environments and services.
Drama - the presentation of theatrical performances, including comedy. Theatrical performances are those where a dramatic narrative is the primary focus.
Film and video production and distribution - the production or post-production of films, videos or other media containing moving images. This also includes the acquisition of distribution rights and the distribution of films and video productions for exhibition to motion picture theatres, television networks and stations and to other businesses for hire, sale or resale.
Literature and print media - creative writing and the printing, publishing and selling of hardcopy or electronic format literature products including books, newspapers, periodicals, articles and stories, magazines, sheet music, screenwriting and scriptwriting.
Multimedia - the development, creation and production of interactive content for digital products and services. This also includes the provision of electronic access to information services and broadcasting radio and television programs on the Internet.
Music composition and publishing - the creation or publishing of musical compositions, or the creation or release of recordings of music or other audio material. Includes the wholesaling and retailing of recorded audio media, and the retailing of recorded video media.
Music performance - the performance of vocal and/or instrumental music. Includes performance for the purpose of recording or for later broadcast.
Music theatre and opera - the presentation of performances of musical theatre or opera in which there is a relatively even balance between musical and theatrical elements.
Other performing arts - the presentation of artistic performances which are not defined in the previously listed performing arts categories. Includes the provision of services to music and the performing arts including services used in presentations, management and organisational issues, recruitment and the representation of performers and musicians.
Performing arts venues - the operation, construction or maintenance of venues mainly engaged in the presentation and rehearsal of performing arts.
Visual arts and crafts - the production and retailing of one-off or limited series visual arts and crafts products in either traditional or contemporary styles including digital works. Visual arts and crafts products include paintings, murals, drawings, cartoons, prints, photographic works of art, art installations, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, jewellery, woven or printed textile art, clothing and wearables, carvings, furniture, glass craft, metal craft and leather craft. Commercial photography services are also included.
Other arts - the administration, maintenance, operation, construction, etc. of arts and cultural activities and services that cannot be assigned to one of the preceding categories. Includes the following:

  • the administration of multi-arts grants
  • multi-arts festivals
  • national, regional or local celebrations where the arts are the predominant activity
  • programs or projects which allow greater community access to the arts
  • teaching skills specific to the arts
  • designing or constructing sets or designing/making/hiring costumes
  • musical instrument retailing
  • copyright collection agencies
  • recorded media manufacturing
  • wholesaling or retailing recorded media containing computer games/software
  • still film and photographic libraries where the predominant activity is the sale of rights to photographs, etc.
  • drama and dance schools. 


Archives - the permanent (or long-term) preservation of unique records, selected because of their administrative, financial, legal, evidential or other information value, which are generally no longer required for the conduct of current activities by government agencies, non-government organisations or private individuals.
Art museums - the acquisition, collection management, conservation, interpretation, communication and exhibition of visual arts and crafts on the basis of their aesthetic and historic value.
Other museums and cultural heritage - the acquisition, collection management, conservation, interpretation, communication and exhibition of Heritage objects and artefacts.