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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Children's participation in cultural and leisure activities(a)(b) - 2006
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Footnote(s): (a) Proportion of children aged 5-14 years. (b) Children who attended cultural venues or events, or participated in organised sport, in the 12 months prior to interview.

Source(s): ABS Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities 2006 (cat. no. 4901.0)

CHILDREN

Children's participation in culture and leisure activities, including organised sport and physical activities, is an important part of a child's social development and the development of motor coordination skills, teamwork and physical fitness (ABS 2009e).

There was an increase in the participation rate of children (aged 5-14 years) in organised cultural activities from 30% in 2003 to 34% in 2009. In relation to organised cultural activities, the proportion of children playing a musical instrument rose from 17% in 2003 to 20% in 2009, while the proportion who participated in dancing rose slightly (from 12% to 14%). Dancing was the most popular organised cultural activity for girls, but the least popular with boys. For boys, the most popular organised cultural activity was playing a musical instrument.

Since 2003, the most popular leisure activity for boys has been watching television, DVDs or videos (around 98%). In 2009, this was followed by other screen based activities such as computer games (87%). For girls, the most popular leisure activity since 2003 was also watching television, DVDs or videos (around 98%). In 2009, this was followed by homework or other study (85%). There was a rise in the proportion of children undertaking computer activities outside of school hours, with the proportion accessing the internet increasing from 47% in 2000 to 79% in 2009 (ABS 2001a; ABS 2009b).

Participation in organised sport outside of school hours increased slightly between 2000 to 2003 from 59% to 62%, but remained relatively stable between 2006 to 2009 at around 63% (ABS 2009b). Participation in organised sport increased with age through the 5-10 year age group, but then noticeably decreased for those aged 10-14 years.

In 2009, the most popular sport for boys to participate in was outdoor soccer (20%) followed by swimming (17%). For girls, the most popular sport was swimming (20%), then netball (17%). For boys, a similar pattern was seen in both 2000 and 2003, however, the pattern was reversed for girls - netball was the most popular sport followed by swimming in 2000 and 2003.

In 2009, there was a decrease in participation in bike riding as a leisure activity, from 68% in 2006 to 60% in 2009 (ABS 2009b).

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