IN THIS ISSUE
ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This release presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Cultural Participation survey, conducted from July 2010 to June 2011 as part of the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey collected data from individuals about their participation in selected cultural activities including performing arts, singing or playing a musical instrument, dancing, writing, visual art activities and craft activities. Information was also collected about the characteristics of participants, the number of selected cultural activities in which people participated, whether payments were received for their involvement and whether the activities were made available to the public. Information about reasons for participation and barriers to participation are also included. There are no time series data currently available as this is the first release of the publication.
This publication is comprised of the information presented within each of the tabs. A separate pdf version of this publication has not been produced. All tables are available in spreadsheet format from Downloads. A brief summary of the findings from the survey is included in the Summary tab. Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note and Glossary. Differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant (refer to the Significance Testing section of the Technical Note).
COMPARISONS WITH OTHER ABS CULTURAL PARTICIPATION SOURCES
The ABS publishes cultural participation data from a range of sources, with differing measurement methodologies, which can produce different estimates. As such, caution should be exercised when making comparisons with other sources. For more information, see the Data Comparability section in the Explanatory Notes. Information about ABS activities in the field of culture statistics is available from the ABS Culture Topics @ a Glance web page.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.