The Australia Council’s 2013 survey of arts participation showed 94 percent of Australians receptively participated in the arts in the year prior to the survey, a significant increase from 92 percent in 2009. Participation included attending a live event, an exhibition or reading literature.
Participation levels varied by artform but remained at similar levels to 2009. The survey showed the highest levels of participation were in literature (via reading) with almost 90 percent of Australians reading in the year before the survey, with over half reading weekly (57 percent) compared to an estimated 38 percent in 2009. Excluding reading, 71 percent of Australians participated through attending events/exhibitions.