4902.0 - Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2001  
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Contents >> Additional Information >> Appendix 1. Time Use Activity Classification

Nine major categories were included in the Time Use Activity Classification used by the ABS in the 1997 Time Use Survey. These are listed below. Following this, a detailed list of activities included in the two free time categories are provided. Full details about the 1997 ABS Time Use Survey, including the most detailed level of the Time Use Activity Classification for all of the categories, can be found in Time Use Survey, Australia: Users Guide (ABS 1997b).


Time typeMajor category
Necessary time1. Personal care activities
Contracted time2. Employment activities
3. Education activities
Committed time4. Domestic activities
5. Child care activities
6. Purchasing activities
7. Voluntary work and care activities
Free time8. Social and community interaction
9. Recreation and leisure


8Social and community interaction
82Visiting entertainment and cultural venues
820Visiting entertainment and cultural venues n.f.d.
821Attendance at movies/cinema
822Attendance at concert
823Attendance at theatre
824Attendance at library
825Attendance at museum/exhibition/art gallery
826Attendance at zoo/animal park/botanic garden
827Attendance at amusement park
828Attendance at other mass events
829Visiting entertainment and cultural venues n.e.c.
83Attendance at sports event
830Attendance at sports event n.f.d.
831Attendance at sports match
832Attendance at racing event
839Attendance at sports event n.e.c.
84Religious activities/ritual ceremonies
840Religious activities/ritual ceremonies n.f.d.
841Religious practice
842Weddings, funerals, rites of passage
849Religious activities/ritual ceremonies n.e.c.
85Community participation
850Community participation n.f.d.
851Attendance at meetings
852Civic ceremonies
853Civic obligations
854Filling in Time Use form
859Community participation n.e.c.
86Negative social activities
861Negative social activities
87Associated communication
871Associated communication
88Associated travel
881Associated travel
89Social and community interaction n.e.c.
899Social and community interaction n.e.c.

9 Recreation and leisure
90Recreation and leisure n.f.d.
900Recreation and leisure n.f.d.
91Sport and outdoor activities
910Sport and outdoor activities n.f.d.
911Organised sport
912Informal sport
913Exercise (excluding walking)
914Walking (including for exercise)
917Holiday travel, driving for pleasure
919Sport and outdoor activity n.e.c.
920Games/hobbies/arts/crafts n.f.d.
921Card, paper, board games/crosswords
922Games of chance/gambling
923Home computer games/computing as hobby
924Arcade games
925Hobbies, collections
926Handwork, crafts
928Performing/making music
929Games/hobbies/arts/crafts n.e.c.
930Reading n.f.d.
931Reading book
932Reading magazine
933Reading newspaper
934Reading CD-ROM
939Reading n.e.c.
94Audio/visual media
940Audio/visual media n.f.d.
941TV watching/listening
942Video watching
943Listening to radio
944Listening to records/tapes/CDs
945Accessing the internet
949Audio/visual media n.e.c.
95Attendance at recreational courses (excluding school and university)
950Attendance at recreational courses n.f.d. (excluding school and university)
951Attendance at personal development courses
952Attendance at Do It Yourself courses
953Attendance at art/craft/hobby courses
959Attendance at recreational courses n.e.c. (excluding school and university)
96Other free time
960Other free time n.f.d.
961Relaxing, resting
962Doing nothing
965Drinking alcohol/Social drinking
967Interacting with pets/walking pets
968Enjoying memorabilia
969Other free time n.e.c.
97 Associated communication
971Associated communication
972Associated communication - by telephone
973Associated communication - written
98Associated travel
981Associated travel
99Recreation and leisure n.e.c.
999Recreation and leisure n.e.c.

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