Compared with the other states and territories, Australian Capital Territory residents reported the highest overall attendance rate (92.5%), as well as the highest attendance rates for:
- Cinemas and drive-ins (80.0%)
- Museums (48.6%)
- Art galleries (46.1%)
- Live music concerts and performances (43.0%)
- Theatre performances (23.6%)
- Dance performances (12.7%).
Conversely, South Australian residents had the highest attendance rates for Other performing arts, such as acrobatics and cabaret performances, comedy acts and festivals, and magic acts (30.9%), while Victorians were the most likely to go a Musical or opera (19.1%). Attendance at Libraries and archives were very similar between the states, varying from 28.8% amongst Tasmanians and 33.5% for Australian Capital Territory residents.
Attendance rates generally decreased with age, with a very high attendance rate for people aged 15-17 years (94.7%) and a relatively low rate for those aged 75 years and over (56.3%). While going to the cinema was the most popular venue or event attended by each age group, it was more popular with 15-17 year olds (89.2% attendance rate) than for those aged 65-74 years (50.5% attendance rate) and those aged 75 years and over (34.4% attendance rate).
Attendance rates for females were higher than for males overall (84.9% compared with 79.7%), and this pattern was consistent across all cultural venues and events. The largest difference between female and male attendance rates was for visiting Libraries and archives, which had an 11.8 percentage point difference (36.7% female attendance rate compared with 24.9% for males), followed by Musicals and operas with an 8.5 percentage point difference (20.0% female attendance rate compared with 11.5% for males).
Other performing arts attracted the most equal attendance rates for males and females, with a 20.6% attendance rate for women compared with a 18.8% attendance rate for men.