4921.0 - Participation in Selected Cultural Activities, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2019   
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In 2017-18:

  • Australians aged 15 and over had a cultural participation rate of 31.4%, with these people participating in at least one activity such as playing music, singing, dancing, writing, sculpting, painting or photography.
  • women aged 15 and over had a higher cultural participation rate than men aged 15 and over (37.1% compared with 25.4%).
  • people aged 15-24 years had a higher participation rate (38.9%) than people of any other age group. The next highest participation rate was for people aged 25-34 years (32.0%).
  • Australian Capital Territory and Tasmanian residents had the highest participation rates (45.0% and 39.4% respectively).

For children aged 5 to 14 years:
  • 95.6% participated in at least one cultural activity outside of school hours.
  • participation was spread relatively evenly across age groups.
  • participation was relatively similar for girls and boys (96.1% compared to 94.9%).
  • almost two-thirds (63.4%) participated in a least one Creative activity, such as drama, singing or playing a musical instrument, dancing, craft activities, creative writing and creating digital content.
  • most participated in Screen based activities (90.3%).
  • most participated in Reading for pleasure (78.5%).