Only one in ten participants (9.6%) received an income for their involvement in cultural activities, with those participating in Fashion, interior or graphic design activities the most likely to receive income (32.6%).
Some participants were volunteering in the cultural activity they reported. This was most common for people engaging in performing arts, where 41.1% of people Performing in a drama, comedy, musical or variety act were volunteers and 32.7% of people Singing or playing a musical instrument were volunteers.
Most Australians aged 15 years and over who participated in a cultural activity participated in just one activity (59.9% of participants).
Female and male participants had different patterns of participation in 2017-18. The most popular cultural activities for female participants were Craft activities, with 56.1% of women who participated listing this as one of their activities. Visual art activities such as painting, drawing and sculpting were also popular for women (37.1%), as well as Writing fiction or non-fiction (15.7%). In contrast, the most popular activities for male participants were Visual art activities such as painting, drawing and sculpting (24.6%), Craft activities (24.5%) and Photography, film-making or editing (22.6%).
Performing in a drama, comedy, musical or variety act attracted relatively few participants overall (4.2% of female participants and 5.9% of male participants). Writing song lyrics or mixing or composing music also had relatively few female participants (also 4.2% of female participants). Fashion, interior or graphic design had relatively few female or male participants (6.1% of female participants and 7.3% of male participants).
The largest difference between female and male participation rates was for Craft activities (56.1% female participation compared to 24.5%). Other large differences were for Designing websites, computer games or interactive software (6.7% female participation compared to 20.3% for males) and Visual art activities, such as painting, drawing and sculpting (37.1% female participation compared to 24.6% for males).