1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 51), Feb 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/03/2005   
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New title - Arts and Culture in Australia

6 million visited libraries in 2002!
How are Australians spending their free time? Find out in the new ABS title Arts and Culture in Australia: a Statistical Overview (Cat. no 4172.0).

Librarians will be pleased to discover that 6.1 million people visited libraries in 2002. This made libraries the second-most popular cultural venue to attend that year. Only cinemas were more visited.
Other fascinating highlights of this title:
87% of Australians watched TV for an average of just over 3 hours per day in 1997.
In a two-week period in 2003, some 82% of girls aged 5-14 years read for pleasure compared with 68% of boys.

Arts and Culture in Australia consolidates information from a number of sources, including non-ABS sources, to provide a statistical overview of culture in Australia. A range of topics is covered including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendance at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services. It also provides profiles of the cultural sectors, grouped according to the Australian Culture and Leisure Industry Classification (e.g. libraries and archives, performing arts).

AusStats and eLEP subscribers have access to these titles on the ABS web site as soon as they are released. Core List LEP libraries may request a copy by emailing library@abs.gov.au

Interested in culture and recreation statistics? Read the NCCRS Newsletter on the ABS web site. Choose the 'News & Media' link on the ABS home page, then ABS Newsletters