Culture Report 2012: South Australia

These snippets of information are taken from the much broader Culture Report 2012 for South Australia, a report prepared by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics of the  Australian Bureau of Statistics. It provides Arts SA with a summary of data for the cultural sector in South Australia.

Attendance and Participation

  • In South Australia 88% of people attended cultural venues and events in the 12-months prior to interview in 2009–10.
  • More than 1.1 million people living in South Australia attended a selected cultural venue or event at least once during the 12-months prior to interview in 2009–10, representing 88% of the population aged 15 years and over.
  • In the 12-months prior to April 2009, 74% of South Australian children aged 5–14 years attended a public library, art gallery or museum or performing arts event at least once outside of school hours.
  • According to the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, 61% of people in South Australia aged 5 years and over with a disability, and 60% of people aged 60 and over, attended at least one cultural venue or event in the 12-months prior to interview.
  • Of the people in South Australia who participated in cultural activities as a hobby only in the 12-months prior to April 2007: 170,900 participated in art and craft, 31,800 in writing and 26,000 in music.
  • 32% of children in South Australia, or 62,300 children, were involved in cultural activities outside of school hours in the 12-months to April 2009, included playing musical instruments, singing, dancing and drama.
  • 32,800 adults (aged 18 years and over) in South Australia undertook volunteer work in an arts or heritage organisation in the 12-months prior to interview in 2010, equating to 7% of the volunteer population (3% of the total adult population).

Employment and Work

  • In South Australia 294,300 people were involved in a culture or leisure activity in 2007.
  • In South Australia 18,769 people had a cultural occupation as their main job in the week prior to the 2006 Census.
  • 30,555 people in South Australia were employed in either a cultural occupation or industry in their main job.
  • 10,027 people in South Australia were employed in a cultural occupation in the cultural industry.
  • 8,742 people in South Australia were employed in a cultural occupation in a non-cultural industry.
  • 11,786 people in South Australia were employed in a non-cultural occupation in the cultural industry.
  • Indigenous Arts and Culture
  • Over one-quarter (28%) of Indigenous people living in South Australia participated in at least one Indigenous creative arts activity in 2008.
  • 172 Indigenous people in South Australia were employed in a cultural occupation as their main job in 2006, representing 3% of all employed Indigenous people in South Australia.
  • 4,300 Indigenous people in South Australia visited a cultural heritage institution (library, museum or gallery) at least once in the three months prior to being interviewed in 2008, while the same number attended movies or a live performance.
  • 5,000 Indigenous people in South Australia aged 15 years and over participated in at least one Indigenous creative arts activity (including arts and crafts; music, dance or theatre; and writing or telling stories) in the 12-months prior to interview in 2008. This equated to 28% of the South Australia Indigenous population.

Cultural Spending
South Australia’s household expenditure on cultural goods and services was $1,286m in 2009–10, averaging $37.67 a week.
Of that expenditure South Australian households spent most on:

  • Televisions and home entertainment systems $222m ($6.49 per week)
  • Pay TV fees $156m ($4.58 per week)
  • Books $112m ($3.28 per week)

Cultural Industries

  • The South Australian television services industry had an income of $269.3m in 2006–07.
  • Over 4,100 actively trading businesses in South Australia were in a cultural industry at the start of the 2008–09 financial year. The largest numbers of businesses were in other specialised design services.
  • In South Australia, the income for performing arts operations was $39.5m in 2006–07.
  • In South Australia, the income for museums and art galleries was $37.8m in 2007–08.
  • Performing Arts
  • Almost a third (31%) of persons in South Australia had attended a popular music concert in 2009–10.
  • 16% of persons in South Australia had attended a theatre performance and 14% had been to a musical or opera in 2009–10.