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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2004   
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Contents >> Culture and recreation >> Introduction

Cultural and recreational activities are essential to a shared sense of quality of life and to the social and physical wellbeing of individuals. They take many forms including involvement in creative and performing arts, music, literature, cultural heritage, religious activities, libraries, radio, television, sports and amusements.

Cultural and recreation reviews a range of cultural and recreational activities which Australians undertake and provides a statistical summary (where available) for those activities. It also provides information on the industries providing a range of culture and recreation services in Australia.

Statistics have been drawn from household and industry surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), as well as its compilations of administrative data, such as information about government funding of cultural activities. Other Australian Government and non-government organisations have also supplied data used.

Further information on the operations of organisations referred to in Cultural and recreation, including their administrative and legislative background, may be obtained from their individual web sites, addresses of which are provided throughout and at the end of the Cultural and recreation.

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