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CHILDREN'S PARTICIPATION IN CULTURAL AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES
PARTICIPATION IN SELECTED ORGANISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES(a)(b), WA and Australia, 2012
Participation by age, sex and family type
Almost half of all girls (46%) in Western Australia participated in at least one organised cultural activity compared with less than a quarter of boys (23%).
The most popular activities for girls were dancing and playing a musical instrument with 40,000 (28%) and 26,300 (18%) participants respectively. Almost all children (97%) who participated in dancing took lessons in the 12 months prior to interview.
For boys the most popular activity was playing a musical instrument attracting 22,400 (15%) participants with almost three quarters (73%) receiving lessons. A similar proportion (75%) of girls who played a musical instrument received lessons.
Interest in dancing generally declined as children grew older with those aged 5-8 years participating in this activity at twice the rate of those in the 12-14 year age group (21% and 10% respectively). By contrast, interest in playing a musical instrument generally increased with age. Children in the 12-14 year age group participated in this activity at almost three times the rate of those aged 5-8 years (22% and 8% respectively).
PARTICIPATION IN SELECTED ORGANISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES(a)(b), By age, WA, 2012
Results from the survey indicate that children from couple families (36%) were more likely to have participated in at least one of the organised cultural activities than those from single parent families (28%). There is not enough evidence to conclude that this difference is statistically significant.
Duration of participation
In Western Australia, children involved in dancing, organised art and craft and playing a musical instrument spent between four and five hours, on average, engaged in these activities in the last two weeks of school prior to interview. Most of the participants engaged in these activities reported durations of two or less hours although 16% of dancers participated for ten hours or more.
Children in Western Australia spent more time, on average, engaged in almost all organised cultural activities than the national average. Time spent playing a musical instrument was similar to the national average.
AVERAGE TIME SPENT ON SELECTED ORGANISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES(a)(b), WA and Australia, 2012
CHILDREN’S PARTICIPATION IN OTHER LEISURE ACTIVITIES
In the 12 months to April 2012, 64% (189,000) of children aged 5-14 years in Western Australia had participated in at least one organised sport outside of school hours. More information about children's participation in organised sport is available in the data cube for Western Australia attached to Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, Apr 2012 (cat. no. 4901.0) on the ABS website.
In addition to participation in organised activities, the 2012 ABS survey also collected data on a range of other activities to provide an overall picture of what children did outside of school hours. Whilst mainly leisure activities, the list did include homework or other study. The results showed that in the two school weeks immediately prior to interview, 98% of children in Western Australia had watched TV, DVDs or videos outside of school hours; 84% had participated in other screen based activities; 84% had done homework or other study; 74% read for pleasure; 66% had ridden a bike; and 60% had been skateboarding, rollerblading or riding a scooter. Just under half (46%) of all children in Western Australia participated in recreational art and craft activities.
The leisure activity with the greatest differences between age groups was recreational art and craft with participation by those aged 5-8 years (60%) more than twice that of those in the 12-14 year age group (29%). Children in the oldest age group were also less likely to have ridden a bike or been skateboarding, rollerblading or riding a scooter than their younger counterparts. In contrast, children in the 5-8 years age group were less likely to have engaged in other screen-based activities than those in the older age groups.
PARTICIPATION IN SELECTED LEISURE ACTIVITIES(a)(b), By age, WA, 2012
CHILDREN’S ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES OR EVENTS
In the 12 months to April 2012, almost three quarters (74%) of all children in Western Australia aged 5-14 years attended at least one of the selected cultural venues or events outside school hours. More than half (59%) of the children had visited a public library, whilst 43% visited a museum or art gallery and 40% attended a performing arts event.
Reported estimates indicate children aged 9-11 years had higher rates of attendance for all of the cultural venues and events included in the survey. However, there is not enough evidence to conclude that these differences are statistically significant.
CHILDREN’S ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS(a)(b)(c), By age, WA, 2012
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