4921.0.55.001 - Microdata: Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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This product provides information about the release of microdata from the Cultural Activities Survey, Australia, 2017-18, including details about how to access and use TableBuilder. Data Item Lists and information on the quality of the microdata are also provided, along with links to details of survey definitions and methodology.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions. This level of detail is released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.


    The Cultural Activities survey was conducted throughout Australia from July 2017 to June 2018 and is designed to provide annual statistics about participation and attendance in selected cultural activities. This TableBuilder product is the only microdata release from this survey.

    Microdata for the Cultural Activities Survey are available through the TableBuilder product - an online tool for creating tables and graphs that can be accessed from the ABS website.

    Further information about TableBuilder and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.


    To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre. All ABS products and services are provided subject to the ABS Conditions of Sale. Any queries relating to these Conditions of Sale should be emailed to intermediary.management@abs.gov.au.

    Further information on access steps can be found in How to Apply for Microdata on the ABS website. Clients should familiarise themselves with the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide and the information contained in the TableBuilder, User Guide before applying for access


    Further information about the survey and the microdata product:


    For further support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on (02) 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


    Other data from the survey may be available from the ABS on request. Subject to confidentiality and data quality constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.


    The Census and Statistics Act 1905 includes a legislative guarantee to respondents that their confidentiality will be protected. This is fundamental to the trust the Australian public has in the ABS, and that trust is in turn fundamental to the excellent quality of ABS information. Without that trust, survey respondents may be less forthcoming or truthful in answering ABS questionnaires. For more information, see 'Avoiding inadvertent disclosure' and 'Microdata' on our web page How the ABS keeps your information confidential.

    The release of microdata must satisfy the ABS legislative obligation to release information in a manner that is not likely to enable the identification of a particular person or organisation. Therefore, in accordance with the Census and Statistics Act, a confidentiality process is applied to the data in TableBuilder to avoid releasing information that may lead to the identification of individuals, families, households, dwellings or businesses.

    Prior to being granted access to TableBuilder users must agree to the ABS Terms and Conditions for Microdata and TableBuilder access.


    Microdata access is priced according to the ABS Pricing Policy and Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. For microdata prices refer to the Microdata prices web page.


    The ABS/Universities Australia Agreement provides participating universities with access to a range of ABS products and services. This includes access to microdata. For further information, university clients should refer to the ABS/Universities Australia Agreement web page.


    Information or data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics must be acknowledged responsibly whenever it is used. Citing, or referencing is important for several reasons, including acknowledging that one has used the ideas, words or data of others. Accurately citing sources used also allows others to find and use the original information. For information on how to cite ABS data refer to Help: How to cite ABS Sources.


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