4921.0.55.001 - Microdata: Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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The Cultural Activities Survey, Australia, 2017-18 consisted of two topics collected on the 2017-18 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). These two topics asked respondents across Australia a range of questions about their participation and attendance in selected cultural activities over a 12 month period. Responses to these questions, along with a range of socio-demographic data are available as Microdata through TableBuilder. There are two available Microdata files: one contains the data from respondents 15 years and over (Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Adults) and the other children between the ages of 5 to 14 years (Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Children). Each Microdata file has three levels, as illustrated below:

Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Adults
1. Person level
2. Cultural participation level
3. Cultural attendance level
Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Children
1. Child level
2. Children's cultural participation level
3. Children's cultural attendance level

Person/Child level

The Person level contains all of the standard demographic characteristics of each person such as age, sex, country of birth, education and labour force status. The Child level contains demographic characteristics of each child. The level also contains person/child characteristic data items relevant to participation and attendance in selected cultural activities. Each person/child is represented in a single record.

In addition, the level includes some household characteristics applicable to the respondent such as equivalised weekly household income and whether any children aged 14 years or under are present in the household.

All geographic identifiers are included on the Person/Child level (i.e. state/territory of usual residence, remoteness area and capital city/balance of state).

Cultural participation level

The Cultural participation levels contain the type of cultural activities that have been participated in and the amount of time the respondent participated in each particular activity, and for adults, whether they received income or were volunteers. A person may be represented by one or more records, depending on how many different activities they participated in.

Cultural attendance level

The Cultural attendance levels contain the type of cultural venue or event that has been attended and the amount of time the respondent attended that particular venue or event. A person may be represented by one or more records, depending on how many different venues or events they attended.


There are two TableBuilder Datasets available for the Cultural Activities Survey in 2017-18. One contains data for all persons aged 15 and over (adults) and the other for children aged 5 to 14 (children). They each contain both participation and attendance data combined. This is in contrast to the summary publications which only include participation or attendance data but include both adults and children together. Adults and children have been kept separate for the TableBuilder product as they are weighted separately and data items are not able to be cross-classified across the two levels due to the selection methodology used.

The levels and sub-categories available on each TableBuilder Dataset are shown below:

Dataset: Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Adults

Data item structure - Adults

Dataset: Cultural Activities, 2017-18 - Children

Data item structure - Children


The MPHS is a sample survey of private dwellings in Australia. Results from the survey are weighted in order to infer results for the total in-scope population. To do this, a ‘weight’ is allocated to each survey respondent, which indicates the number of persons in the in-scope population that they represent.

There is one benchmarked weight for each of the Adults (called Persons) and Children (called Children) datasets. The weight for each person and child has been applied to their record(s) across each of the file levels for the Microdata product. This means that for the Person and Child levels, which contain a single record per respondent, the sum of the weights across all records will equal the estimated residential population of Australia (aged 15 years and over for the Adults dataset and children aged 5 to 14 for the Children dataset).

For more information regarding the weighting process, refer to the Technical Note page in Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 (cat. no. 4921.0).

Note: TableBuilder automatically applies the appropriate weight when creating tables.


Most data items included in the Microdata include a 'Not applicable' category. The 'Not applicable' category comprises those respondents who were not asked a particular question and hence are not applicable to the population to which the data item refers. The classification values of the 'Not applicable' category, where relevant, are shown in the Data Item List in the Downloads tab.


For some data items certain classification values have been reserved as special codes and must not be added as if they were quantitative values. These special codes generally relate to data items such as income. For example, code 9999999998 for the data item 'Weekly personal income from all sources', refers to 'Not stated'.


The population relevant to each data item is shown in the Data Item List and should be considered when extracting and analysing the Microdata. The actual population count for each data item is equal to the total cumulative frequency minus the 'Not applicable' category.

Generally, all populations, including very specific populations, can be 'filtered' using other relevant data items. For example, if the population of interest is 'Employed persons', any data item with that population (excluding the 'Not applicable' category) can be used as a filter.

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