5.1.3 Allocation of public funds
Public funds for culture in Malta are allocated annually according to the Financial Estimates published and announced to Parliament by the Minister responsible Finance. All departments and institutions receiving public funds are guided by financial codes and are subject to scrutiny by the Office of Auditors. There are currently 6 different Ministries or Parliamentary Secretariats and the Office of the President operating public funding programmes for the cultural and creative industries with the Culture and Audiovisual Unit within the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism, the Environment and Culture acting, wherever possible, as monitor, fund manager, co-fund manager or observer. Streamlining of public funding programmes and further consolidation is envisaged in the proposed cultural governance structure (see chapter 6.2.3 for more information on government expenditure).