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Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities


The Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities (CPCLA) Survey was first conducted in 2000, then in 2003 and 2006 and most recently in 2009. The CPCLA Survey is expected to be ongoing every three years. The CPCLA collects data on children's participation in selected organised cultural activities, organised sport and selected non-organised leisure activities outside of school hours. It also collects data on children's access to and usage of computers and the internet during and outside of school hours. The survey targets children aged 5 to 14 years.

The purpose of the survey is to provide information on children's participation in cultural and leisure activities to key users in the sport, cultural and information technology sectors to improve decision making. Principal users are the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) of the ABS, the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group, the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport Research Group, the Australian Sports Commission, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The data are important for:

  • determining the characteristics of children who participate in organised sport (planning of intervention strategies to target particular groups of children who do not participate in sport on a regular basis);
  • sport/recreation and cultural facilities planning (including emerging activities);
  • determining the frequency/duration of participation which will assist in assessing health benefits for children (relevant to the Active Australia policy);
  • determining links between in-school and out-of-school activities;
  • determining the level of digital technology infrastructure in Australian homes particularly in relation to key technologies such as the Internet which are seen as critical in the emerging information economy; and
  • determining the potential for economic and social development in regional Australia by removing distance as a barrier to accessing services such as education

The CPCLA is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.

The CPCLA collects data under the topics listed above as well as socio-demographic characteristics collected in the Monthly Population Survey. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with 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


The full details of data items collected for the Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities Survey is represented in Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia (cat. no. 4901.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in the Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


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