ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents results from the survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities conducted in April 2009. While the publication primarily provides information about the participation of children aged 5 to 14 years in cultural, sporting and other leisure activities, details on children's use of the Internet and mobile phones are also presented.
ABOUT THIS SURVEY
The 2009 survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities was conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). This survey is the fourth on the topic of children's participation in culture and leisure activities, the previous surveys being conducted in April of 2000, 2003 and 2006. Information was collected from any responsible adult in the household who was asked to respond on behalf of the children in the household.
As with previous iterations, the 2009 survey collected information on children's participation in selected organised cultural activities and organised sports outside of school hours during the 12 months prior to interview, and on participation in selected leisure activities (such as skateboarding or rollerblading, and watching television, videos or DVDs) outside of school hours during the most recent two school weeks prior to interview. The survey also collected data on the use of the Internet and mobile phones. Details were collected on the characteristics of children who participated and on the frequency and duration of their involvement in some activities.
Unless otherwise specified, differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant.
This publication includes Datacubes in spreadsheet format available on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. An additional 4 tables are available as Datacubes. See paragraph 17 of the Explanatory Notes for more details.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.