4921.0.55.001 - Microdata: Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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TableBuilder files are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (CSA). This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with TableBuilder can be found at the Confidentiality page.

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


Data on the Cultural Participation topic (also referred to as the Participation in Selected Cultural Activities Survey) were collected as part of the 2010–11 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 2010–11 MPHS excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia 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 Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, 2010–11 are available in TableBuilder. The microdata contains summary data about people who have participated in selected cultural activities including performing arts, singing or playing a musical instrument, dancing, writing, visual art activities and craft activities. The microdata includes information about characteristics of participants, the number of selected cultural activities in which people participate, characteristics of selected cultural activities and payment that participants receive. Information about reasons for participation and barriers to participation are also included.

For more information, see Microdata: Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4921.0.55.001).


The MPHS is collected annually with enumeration undertaken over the financial year period from July to June. As the survey reference period was the 12 months prior to the survey interview during 2010–11, the data relate to participation in activities at some time between July 2009 and June 2011. In the 2010–11 MPHS, the Cultural Participation topic was collected for the first time. The Cultural Participation topic is scheduled to be collected again in the 2013–14 MPHS. Data from the Cultural Participation topic (in the form of html and data cubes) were released on 21 February 2012. The microdata product is usually released approximately 12 months after enumeration is completed.


The microdata contains finer levels of detail of data items than what is otherwise published in other formats, for example, in Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4921.0). For more information on the level of detail provided, please see the associated data item lists.

Steps to confidentialise the data made available on TableBuilder are taken 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 following link:

TableBuilder confidentiality


The ABS conducted a Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities as part of the Monthly Population Survey in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2007, and as part of the Population Survey Monitor in 1998–99. Information was collected about the number and basic demographic characteristics of people involved in paid or unpaid work in selected culture and leisure activities over a 12 month period.

Differences in survey methodology and enumeration periods, as well as changes to many of the questions being asked, mean that the 2010–11 Participation in Selected Cultural Activities data collected via the MPHS are not comparable with data from the earlier Surveys of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities. Participation in Selected Cultural Activities data are expected to be collected every three years using the MPHS.

The Explanatory Notes section of Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4921.0) provides more detailed information on the differences between the ABS Cultural Participation surveys over time.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains details on Survey methodology, File structure, Using the TableBuilder, Conditions of use and the Data item lists.

The Explanatory Notes section of the Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2010–11 (cat. no. 4921.0) includes information on survey objectives, survey methods and design, data quality and interpretation, output data items, information about the availability of results and comparability with previous surveys.


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 MiCRO. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata web pages.

A full list of available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, 2010–11 can be accessed using TableBuilder.

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.