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Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities Survey


Assistant Director
National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Adelaide
Telephone (08) 8237 7449
Facsimile (08) 8237 7366


The Survey of Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities collects data on the cultural and leisure activities of Australian children aged 5 to 14 years. It provides details on participation in selected organised cultural activities and organised sports outside of school hours during the 12 months prior to interview. It also provides information on participation in selected leisure activities (such as bike riding and watching television or videos) outside of school hours during the most recent two school weeks prior to interview. In addition, it presents details on computer usage by children both during and outside of school hours over the 12 month period prior to interview.

Information is provided on the characteristics of children who participated in the activities. In addition, details on frequency or duration for some of the activities are provided.


The scope of the collection includes all children aged 5-14 years who are usual residents of private dwellings except:

  • children in households where all persons aged 15 years and over were in the Australia permanent defence forces,
  • children of certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments customarily excluded from ABS censuses and surveys,
  • children of overseas residents in Australia, and
  • children of non Australian defence forces stationed in Australia.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004, Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2003 (cat. no. 4901.0), ABS, Canberra.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2000 (cat. no. 4901.0), ABS, Canberra.

The August 2000 issue of Use of the Internet by Householders, Australia (cat. no. 8147.0) included a feature article on 'Use of computers and internet by children' from the 2000 Survey of Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities.

Data Service

Unpublished data is available to meet specific user requests.

Release Schedule

The April survey was released in the following January.


Characteristics of children
Country of birth of child
Sex of child
Age of child

Characteristics of parents
Labour force status of parents
Country of birth of parents

Characteristics of families
State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence
Region of usual residence
Family type

Selected organised cultural activities
Organised sport (includes a breakdown of sports)
Selected leisure activities

Computer and Internet activity
Computer activities
Location where accessed computer/internet
Activities using a computer at home or Computer activities at home
Activities using the Internet at home or Internet activities at home
Frequency of computer/internet use
Other data items may be available on request.


The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all States and Territories, but excludes children living in certain remote and sparsely settled parts of Australia. The exclusion of these children only has a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual States and Territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory.


Supplementary survey to the Labour Force Survey. This information is obtained from any responsible adult in the household who is asked to respond on behalf of the children in the household by trained interviewers.


Reference Period

Twelve months ending April.

Frequency of Collection
It is planned that the next survey will be collected as a supplement to the 2006 Labour Force Survey.

Historical Data

Two minor changes were made to the survey's content between 2000 and 2003.
  • In 2000, detailed participation data was collected for a maximum of six children, per household, and selected demographic data for up to three more. In 2003, detailed participation data was collected for a maximum of three children, per household, and selected demographic data was collected for up to ten more.
  • Reading for pleasure was introduced as a new leisure activity in 2003.

Prior to 2000, data on children's participation in organised sporting activities was collected in 1996-97 and 1997-98 using the Population Survey Monitor. Data on access to and use of computers and the internet by people aged 5 years and over were collected on the Population Survey Monitor between 1998 and 2000. Data from this survey can be found in the feature article on 'Frequent home computer users aged 5 years and over' in the 1998 issue of Household Use of Information Technology, Australia (Cat. no. 8146.0).

Comparisons are not possible between these collections and the Survey of Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities because of different questions asked and different collection methodologies



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