4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Dec 1999  
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Publications released October to December 1999

i) Participation in Sport and Physical Activities, Australia, 1998-99, ABS Cat. no. 4177.0, was released on 17 November. It presents data collected via the Population Survey Monitor on a range of sport and physical activities undertaken in the 12 months prior to interview . It contains details on the number and characteristics of people who participate in these activities at the national and state level, by age, sex, and frequency of participation. Changes in organised participation since 1996-97 are also shown.

** DATA HIGHLIGHT - About three-fifths (59.4%) of all adult Australians participated in a sport or physical activity at least once during the year, whether organised by a club or association or not. Organised participation has increased by almost four percentage points since 1996-97.

ii) Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues, Australia, April 1999, ABS Cat. no. 4114.0, was released on 13 December. It contains details on frequency of visits and characteristics of people who attend a range of cultural venues including libraries, museums, various categories of music and performing arts performances, cinemas, botanic gardens and animal parks.

** DATA HIGHLIGHT - During the 12 months ending April 1999, 85% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over attended at least one of the cultural venues/activities surveyed.

iii) Sports Attendance, Australia, April 1999, ABS Cat. no. 4174.0, was released on 20 December. It contains details on the characteristics of people who attend and their frequency of attendance at various sports.

** DATA HIGHLIGHT - 47.1% of Australians aged 15 years and over attended sporting matches or competitions during the 12 months ended April 1999, with Aussie Rules clearly being the most popular.

iv) The CMC SWG publication, Cultural Funding in Australia - Three Tiers of Government 1997-1998, provides State/Territory breakdowns of public funding, recurrent and capital expenditure and funding per head of population by each category of cultural activity.

** DATA HIGHLIGHT - Total government funding for culture was $3,531.0m in 1997-98, an increase of $83.5m (2.4%) from 1996-97. Commonwealth government funding accounted for 35.5% of the total funding, State and Territory government 42.6%, and local government 22.0%.