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Attendance at Selected Cultural and Sporting Events and Venues


The Attendance at Selected Cultural and Sporting Events and Venues (ASCSEV) topic collects data on attendance at a range of cultural venues and events as well as attendance at sports events. The ASCSEV topic was collected in 1991, 1995 and 1999 as a supplementary survey to the Labour Force Survey. In 2002, ASCSEV was collected as a module in the General Social Survey and then in 2005-06 and 2009-10 as part of the Multipurpose Household Survey program. Results from the most recently collected Multipurpose Household Survey were published in December 2010.

Attendance is a key performance indicator for a number of culture and leisure venues and activities. The survey also collects socio-demographic details on attendees and non-attendees to enable cultural and sporting bodies to understand the profile of their audiences. Principal users are the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) of the ABS, the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS) Research Group.

The ASCSEV produces two main outputs:

  • Attendance at Selected Cultural Events and Venues (cat. no. 4114.0), provides information on the attendance of persons at selected cultural events and venues. Data collected include basic demographic characteristics of those who attended the events and venues, and their frequency of attendance during a 12 month period.
  • Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events (cat. no. 4174.0), collects data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport)

Data items collected by the ASCSEV are capable of being cross classified by demographic characteristics including Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.


  • Country of birth
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item is usually aggregated to the following format:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
  • Country of birth and period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1990
      • Arrived 1991-2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date


A full list of data items collected for the Attendance at Selected Cultural and Sporting Events and Venues topic is available in Multipurpose Household Survey, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual (cat. no. 4100.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in the Attendance at Culture, Sport and Leisure Activities entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


The Migrant Data Matrices provide a link to summary data on migrants from Attendance at Selected Cultural and Sporting Events and Venues. The data items included in each datacube are not exhaustive, but rather a selection of the data available. Care must be taken in comparing data from different collections presented in the Matrices due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.

Additional data are also available in the publication Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia (cat. no. 4114.0).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au