FACT CHECK: The real impact of the National Institutions Inquiry

Gina Farley - ArtsHub

A recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions made 20 recommendations. What were they, and were they warranted?

..."Alex Marsden of Australia Museums and Galleries Association, told ArtsHub that the cumulative impact on all the institutions has been significant.

‘The Efficiency Dividend (or annual funding reduction in real terms) has been in place at the Commonwealth level for over 30 years, with rates varying between 1% and 4%. … The compounding cuts have resulted in the loss of knowledge as staff numbers are reduced, along with services and activities. Skills disappear and long-term strategic planning is harder. Up front expenditure on reform or innovation is also difficult to secure.’"

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