This publication contains results from the Cultural Participation and Attendance Survey, a topic on the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) conducted throughout Australia from July 2021 to June 2022. The MPHS, undertaken each financial year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect statistics for a number of small, self-contained topics.
The survey collected information from people about:
- their attendance at selected cultural venues and events in the past 12 months, including libraries and archives, art galleries, museums, cinemas, live music concerts, theatre, dance and other performing arts
- their participation in selected cultural activities in the past 12 months, including performing arts, singing or playing a musical instrument, dancing, writing, visual art activities and craft activities
- whether they volunteered or received income as part of their participation in the past 12 months.
This publication also presents information about:
- characteristics of participants
- frequency of cultural engagement for the 12 months prior to the interview
- labour force characteristics, education, income and other demographics.
The questions asked are in respect to the previous 12-month period at the time of interview. As a result, the reference period for the Cultural Activities 2021-22 data spans from July 2020 to June 2022.
Statistics in this release may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the enumeration of the Cultural Participation and Attendance Survey 2021-22, several initiatives were in place around Australia to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These included:
- Australian Government closure of the international border, which ceased on 1 November 2021
- border control measures between states and territories
- capacity limits and various social distancing rules in venues and businesses
- periodic state-wide and regional lockdowns and accompanying closure of non-essential businesses and services
- isolation periods for COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts.
The survey was collected on behalf of the arts and culture ministers across Australia, represented by the Cultural and Creative Statistics Working Group (CCSWG), who provided the funding.