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4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2010  
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UPCOMING SPORT AND CULTURE HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS



Once again, there is much activity happening at the moment in relation to our core culture and sports collections. Three surveys are currently in the field and two surveys are commencing shortly.

PARTICIPATION IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL RECREATION

As mentioned in the last edition of the newsletter, Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation is currently being surveyed as a module of the 2009-10 Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey runs for 12 months and collects information about people's involvement in sports and related activities in the 12 months prior to interview, including the type of activities undertaken; the frequency and regularity of participation; and whether participation was organised or informal.

The results of this survey will be published in Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation (cat. no. 4177.0) in late 2010.

ATTENDANCE AT SPORTING AND CULTURAL EVENTS

As flagged in the last edition, attendance at sporting events and at selected cultural venues and events are also currently being surveyed as separate topics as part of the 2009-10 MPHS.

The Sports Attendance survey obtains information about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport) in the 12 months prior to interview, as well as the type of sport attended and the frequency of attendance.

The Cultural Attendance survey collects information regarding attendance at art galleries; museums; zoological parks and aquariums; botanical gardens; libraries; archives; classical and popular music concerts; theatre performances; dance performances; musicals and operas; other performing arts; and cinemas.

The results of these two surveys will be published in Sports Attendance (cat. no. 4174.0) and Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat. no. 4114.0) respectively in late 2010.

INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISED SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity survey (IOSPA) is due to go into the field next month (April) as part of the Monthly Population Survey. The IOSPA survey provides details on players and participants in organised sport and physical activity and for persons involved in non-playing roles during the 12 months prior to interview. The survey also collects information about whether any payment was received and the amount of time spent on each type of involvement.

The results of this survey will be published in Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity (cat. no. 6285.0) in late 2010.

CULTURAL PARTICIPATION

The new survey about adult participation in selected cultural activities is still currently under development with final testing scheduled to take place this month. The survey is due to go into the field in June as a module of the 2010-11 MPHS, with information being collected over a 12 month period across 2010-11. Results will be released in late 2011.

Although still subject to testing, it is intended that the survey will collect information about adult participation in selected arts activities for three main activities and will seek more information about the characteristics of that participation, such as the reasons for participation, frequency, whether ever completed a course or qualifications in that activity and whether any payment was received for that activity .


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