1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, April 2011  
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On March 4, 2011, the ABS released for the first time Perspectives on Culture (cat. no. 4172.0.55.001), a publication that draws together a wide variety of cultural related statistics to present a picture of the Australian cultural landscape. The inaugural edition contains four feature articles:

  • Art Gallery and Museum Attendance
  • Cinema Attendance
  • Library and Archive Attendance
  • Zoological Park and Botanic Gardens Attendance

Collectively, the articles show that ACT residents enjoy their cultural pursuits. For example, more ACT people aged 15 years or over attended the cinema (76%) than people from any other state or territory. The ACT also scored highest for people attending other surveyed venues and events, including art galleries and museums (both 46%), libraries (38%) and archives (16%). Although the greatest overall attendance rates at zoological parks and aquariums went to the Northern Territory, in terms of zoological gardens alone (i.e. excluding other wildlife parks, aquariums and marine parks), the ACT also had the highest proportion of the population attending (30%).

Additional information can be found within Perspectives on Culture (cat. no. 4172.0.55.001).