New findings on Cultural Activity in Australia


Attendance rates for Australians aged 15 and over attending selected cultural venues and events, by region, 2017-18

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released two sets findings regarding cultural activity in Australia in 2017-2018; Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events and Participation in Selected Cultural Activities.

The findings provide statistics on attendance at museums, galleries, libraries and archives across Australia in relation to age, location, gender and socio-economic factors.

Both sets of statistics can be downloaded from the ABS website.

Key findings include:

  • During the 12 months before interview in 2017-18, most Australians aged 15 and over attended at least one cultural venue or event (82.4%).
  • Over the same period, most Australian children aged 5-14 years attended at least one cultural venue or event outside of school hours (94.3%) .
  • Australians aged 15 and over had a cultural participation rate of 31.4%, with these people participating in at least one activity such as playing music, singing, dancing, writing, sculpting, painting or photography.