Australian Bureau of Statistics
Work and Involvement in Selected Culture, Sporting and Leisure Activities
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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities is a supplementary to the Monthly Population Survey and is expected to be conducted every three to four years. It collects data on involvement in cultural activities and sports participation which are cross-classified by demographic characteristics collected from the Labour Force Survey.
The object of the survey is to obtain data about the population's paid and unpaid involvement in a range of culture, sport and leisure activities; the classification used to develop the most recent list of activities is based on the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications. While details of participation in sports (in both a playing and non-playing capacity) is collected, details of which sports participation occurred are not collected. Principal users are the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) of the ABS, the Statistical Working Group to the Cultural Ministers Council, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, and the Recreation and Sports Industry Statistics Group (RSISG) to the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS).
The scope of the collection includes all persons resident in Australia and aged 15 and over except:
In the Monthly Population Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.
The survey provides a measure of the number of people working (in a paid and unpaid capacity) in culture, organised sport and leisure, with the scope being defined by the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, Australia, 2001 (Cat. no. 4902.0).
For persons 15 years of age and older:
Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, Australia, 2001 (ABS Cat. No. 4902.0)
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Excludes persons living in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia.
Subject to regular slot in the supplementary survey program
3/1993 First survey was conducted as a supplementary to the Monthly Population Survey (approximately 30,000 dwellings). ARA interviews.
3/1997 Survey repeated. Questions asked by personal interview of up to two randomly selected persons 15 years of age and over from each household for 7/8ths of the MPS sample.
4/01 Survey repeated. Questions asked by ARA interview of one randomly selected person 15 years of age and over from each household for 7/8ths of the MPS sample.
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This page last updated 11 September 2008