1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Culture and recreation


Cultural and recreational activities are important contributors to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. They take many forms and include involvement in visual and performing arts, music, literature, cultural heritage, religious activities, libraries, radio, television, and sports and physical recreation.

This chapter reviews a range of cultural and recreational activities undertaken by Australians and, where available, presents data for those activities. Statistics have been drawn from surveys of households and businesses conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Other Australian Government organisations have contributed some of the data presented in this chapter.

Information on people working in culture and recreation occupations can be found in Year Book Australia, 2009–10.

Information on the Arts and recreation services industry can be found in chapters 8 LABOUR, 15 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE, 22 SERVICE INDUSTRIES, 25 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY and 26 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.