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Data on Cultural Activities, Australia were collected as part of the 2017-18 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The MPHS is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect annual statistics on a small number of self-contained topics. The scope of the LFS is restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excludes members of the permanent defence forces; certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments usually excluded from census and estimated resident populations; overseas residents in Australia; and members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants). Refer to Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) for further information regarding the LFS. In addition, the 2017-18 MPHS excluded households in Indigenous Communities and people living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, university residences, students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, inmates of prisons and residents of other institutions (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities).
Microdata from the Cultural Activities component of the MPHS survey are available in TableBuilder. This microdata provides information collected from people about attendance at cultural venues and events and participation in cultural activities. For people over the age of 15 there is also information about whether they work in culture and for children aged between 5 to 14 years whether they have received lessons for selected cultural activities. Information was collected from one person, aged 15 years and over, selected at random in each selected household.
A detailed list of data items is available on the Downloads tab.
The MPHS is conducted annually with enumeration undertaken over the financial year (July to June). Data from the 2017-18 Cultural Activities topics (in the form of Data Cubes) were released on 26 March 2019. These are available from the Downloads tabs in Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4114.0) and Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4921.0).
The microdata contains finer levels of detail for data items than what was published in Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4114.0) and Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4921.0). For information on the level of detail provided, please refer to the Data Item List available in the Downloads tab of this product.
Steps are taken to confidentialise the data made available on TableBuilder in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the Confidentiality page of the TableBuilder, User Guide (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005).
The ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey. However, sound survey practice requires ongoing development to maintain and improve the integrity of the data. Due to changes in the questionnaire, certain data items from each iteration of the Cultural Activities survey are not comparable between years. For changes between the iterations of the survey please refer to the Data Comparability section of the Explanatory Notes, in Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4114.0) and Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4921.0) and for any previous iterations via the past releases tab.
To aid in the interpretation of the data, detailed information on concepts, definitions, terminology and other technical aspects of the survey can be found in the relevant web pages included with this release.
Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to apply for Microdata web page, before applying for access through the Registration page. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.
A full list of available microdata and future releases can be viewed via the Available Microdata page.
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