4921.0 - Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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CHILDREN'S PARTICIPATION

In 2017-18, most Australian children aged 5 to 14 years participated in a cultural activity outside of school hours (95.6%).

Nine in ten children participated in screen based activities (90.3%), and 78.5% of children participated in Reading for pleasure. Creative activities, including drama, music, dancing, art and craft activities, creative writing and creating digital content were also popular, with a participation rate of 63.4%.

Graph 1. Children aged 5-14 years participating in cultural activities, By activity(a)
Graph 1. Children aged 5-14 years participating in cultural activities, By activity(a)
Footnote: (a) Participating outside of school hours

More than half of the children participating in screen based activities generally did so 10 or more hours a week (56.8% of children participating in screen based activities), while more than half of the children participating in Reading for pleasure did so for less than 5 hours per week (58.6%). More than half of the children who participated in a Creative activity spent 2 hours or less participating in their activity.

Graph 2. Children aged 5-14 years participating in selected cultural activities, by average weekly hours of participation, by activity(a)
Graph 2. Children aged 5-14 years participating in selected cultural activities, by average weekly hours of participation, by activity(a)
Footnote: (a) Participating outside of school hours


For Creative activities, girls had a higher participation rate than boys (71.3% compared with 55.7%). Younger children were also more likely to participate, children aged 5 to 8 years and 9 to 11 years had higher participation rates (66.6% and 65.2% respectively) than children aged 12 to 14 years (56.6%).

The most popular Creative activities were Art and craft activities, with a participation rate of 38.8%, followed by Singing or playing a musical instrument (23.0%).

Approximately 80.9% of children who participated in dancing received lessons, compared with 49.5% of children participating in drama activities.

Participation rates for children engaging in screen based activities remained similar across all ages, while Reading for pleasure showed slight variation. Younger children had slightly higher rates of Reading for pleasure (80.4% and 80.9% for 5 to 8 year olds and 9 to 11 year olds, respectively) than older children (73.2% for children aged 12 to 14 years).