Research shows that people with disabilities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people from lower socio-economic groups and older Australians (65+) continue to have lower participation rates than other Australians.
The figure below illustrates the size of these groups and their participation levels relative to the Australian population. It shows that:
- Those with a long term illness or disability are the furthest away from the average Australian in terms of arts participation
- Low creative participation is a particular issue for older Australians (aged 65+)
- ·Low attendance is a particular issue for those with long term illness or disability, or whose main language is not English
- Males have only slightly lower engagement, but account for the largest underrepresented group (i.e. half the population).
In practice some of these factors overlap, and so we find more than half of those over 65 years have a household income of less than $40k, and a quarter of this group have a serious illness or disability.