Attendance and Engagement - Participation - Overview

Children’s attendance at performing arts events and museums or galleries increased between 2006 and 2012

Around seven in ten Australian children aged 5 to 14 years attended at least one selected cultural venue or event outside of school hours during the 12 months prior to collection of ABS data in April 2012. Over half of children visited a public library (53 percent), over four in ten visited a museum or gallery (43 percent) and 39 percent attended a performing arts event.

Attendance for museums or galleries increased significantly from 37 percent in 2006 to 43 percent, and attendance at performing arts events increased significantly from 30 percent in 2006 to 39 percent. Library visitation has declined slightly from 55 percent in 2006 to 53 percent.

Female children were more likely to attend at least one selected cultural venue or event in 2011-12 than male children (74 percent vs. 68 percent). Children aged 5-11 were more likely to have attended at least one cultural venue/event than children aged 12-14 (72 percent compared to 68 percent, respectively). Children aged 5-11 were also slightly more likely to visit a public library, museum or gallery, or attend a performing art event than older children (aged 12-14).