Australia/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation  

8.2.1 Trends and figures

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides regular overviews of cultural consumption and participation in Australia.  A list of available reports is available on the ABS webpage  at http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/c311215.nsf/web/Culture+-+Cultural+participation

As may be seen, the reports include overviews of Participation and Attendance; Household Expenditure; Funding by Government and Business; Cultural Trade; Output of Cultural Industries; Tourism, and the like.

One of the most recent reports is Participation and attendance which looks at how people spend their time in relation to culture and the arts.  The report, undertaken in 2006, contains the following extract:

Watching or listening to TV was found to be the activity that took up most people's leisure time.  On a daily basis 87% of Australians Watched or listened to TV for an average of just under 3 hours (179 minutes), down slightly from the 1997 figure of 182 minutes.  This means that in 2006, Australians aged 15 years and over spent a total of 42 million hours Watching or listening to TV each day.

Other activities on which Australians spent a large amount of time included Listening to the radio and Reading.

The Time Use Survey found that Visiting entertainment and cultural venues attracted about 4% of the population who spent on average about two hours (114 minutes) when they attended.  The total time spent by all Australians on Visiting entertainment and cultural venues (1.3 million person hours per day) was similar to the time spent on Religious activities and Listening to records, tapes and CDs (1.3 million person hours per day and 1.1 million person hours per day respectively)

See also the Cultural Ministers Council report on Arts and culture in Australian life: A 2008 statistical snapshot at

http://www.culturaldata.gov.au/publications/statistics_working_group/australias_arts_and_cultural_sector

 As regards cultural expenditure, the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides the following data in 2010 for 2003-4:

In 2003-04, Australian households spent 4% of their total expenditure on cultural goods and services. Households spent the largest amounts on books ($1,587m), televisions ($1,376m), pay TV fees ($1,084m) and newspapers ($1,031m).                  

Item

Expenditure $m per annum

% share

Literature

3,400

23.2

Music

665

4.5

Performing arts

644

4.3

Visual arts and crafts

668

4.5

Broadcasting, electronic media, film

3,176

21.7

Other arts

750

5.1

Heritage

159

1

Other culture

5,231

35.5

Total expenditure on culture

14,694

100

Full details are available at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/5DB8B2882D11C9C8CA2577C00013B533?opendocument


Chapter published: 27-12-2013


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