Since 1990, CAMD has carried out an annual survey of member institutions in order to provide information to assist:
- benchmarking exercises between members; and
- the collection of indicators of the value of museums to the community.
The survey has been undertaken annually since that time thus providing a rich time series of data about the input and outputs to Australia and New Zealand’s major museums.
Data about the museums and other collecting sectors has also been collected across this period by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It is important to note however that the statistical picture developed by the ABS is often the result of a sampling of randomly selected attendees while the CAMD statistics are compiled on the basis of museum records.
More recently, the Australian Government has sought to standardise and extend the collection of indicator data about museums and other cultural institutions. CAMD is currently reviewing the content of its survey in order to examine a possible rationalisation of questions asked and to complement the Federal data collection process.
Highlights from recent surveys can be found here: