4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Oct 2006  
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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS' INVOLVEMENT IN ARTS AND CULTURE

The ABS publication Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Involvement in Arts and Culture, 2001 and 2002 (cat. no. 4721.0) was released in August 2006. This report provides information on various aspects of involvement in culture, the arts and cultural heritage by Indigenous Australians, and draws together data from the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, the 2002 General Social Survey, the 2001 Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey, and the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.

Some of the main findings of the report are

  • over one-quarter of Indigenous people had participated in Indigenous creative arts during the previous twelve–month period
  • Indigenous people earned, on average, less for their employment in the arts than non-Indigenous people
  • Indigenous people in remote areas were likely to be more reliant on Indigenous creative arts as a source of income
  • in non-remote areas, Indigenous adults were less likely to attend museums, libraries, cinemas or theatres than non-Indigenous adults
  • Indigenous people in remote areas were more likely to have attended a religious activity or a ceremony than those in non-remote areas.

A copy of the full report is available for download free of charge from the ABS web site. Alternatively, a summary brochure may be obtained from Katrina Baker on (08) 8237 7449 or by emailing <nccrs@abs.gov.au>.