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ARTS AND CULTURE COMPENDIUM


ARTS AND CULTURE COMPENDIUM

The next issue of the Arts and Culture Compendium, officially known as Arts and Culture Australia: A Statistical Overview (cat. no. 4172.0) will be released on 19 December 2011.

The 2011 issue includes updated data on arts and heritage in Australia from various statistical collections including Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4114.0) and Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6530.0), as well as data from non-ABS sources such as Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Tourism Research Australia.

For the first time the publication will also incorporate data from the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) which was conducted in 2009. Findings from this survey include:

  • Approximately 4.0 million people in Australia (18.5%) had a disability which restricted their everyday activity and had lasted or was likely to last for at least six months.
  • In the 12 months prior to interview, 41% of people aged 5 years and over with a disability had attended the cinema and 31% had visited a library. While 30% had either not taken part in any of the cultural or sports activities asked about in the survey or had not left home.
  • Of the 4.1 million people in Australia aged 60 years and over, 48% identified as having a disability.
  • In the 12 months prior to interview, 29% of older people with a disability had attended the cinema and 27% had visited a library. Two out of every five people (38%) aged 60 years and over with a disability had either not taken part in the activities asked about in the survey or had not left home.

Further results from the survey can be found in the ABS publication Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0).


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