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Other sources of data on Audience trends

As well as the data published and updated by Screen Australia, information on audience trends is available from the sources listed below.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s official national statistical agency.

A wide range of information can be accessed through the ABS website free of charge, including census data, reports from one-off and ongoing surveys and time series spreadsheets. Most of the publications are identified by a catalogue number.

Unpublished data may also be accessed, for a charge, from the ABS.

Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, previously compiled time-series benchmarks using ABS data. Links to this historical data in the Screen Australia website archive are provided below. The figures should be used with caution as methodologies may have changed and revisions may have occurred.

Household Expenditure Survey (cat. no. 6530.0): 

The Household Expenditure Survey (HES) collects detailed information about the expenditure, income and household characteristics of a sample of households resident in private dwellings throughout Australia. Available online for every five years between 1988/89 and 2003/04, it is a continuation of a series of surveys on this topic conducted since 1974/75.

The data can be looked at in three different ways: as total expenditure by all households, average expenditure per household and average expenditure per person. Many of the categories relating to film, television and interactive digital media are available in greater detail for the first time in 2003/04.

Screen Australia published selected data from four reports; see In the archive.

Access the full report on the ABS website, including explanatory notes and current, previous and future releases.

Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia (cat. no. 4901.0)

The statistics in this publication are compiled from data collected in the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities Survey, a supplement to the Monthly Labour Force Survey.

The major aim of the survey is to identify characteristics of children who participate in organised sport, cultural activities and selected activities undertaken for recreation and leisure, and to monitor the use of information technology by children. The focus on activities outside of school hours is to elicit information on activities that are more likely to be undertaken by children by choice rather than those that are part of the school curriculum.

Starting in 2000, it has been published every three years. Screen Australia published selected data from reports in 2006, 2003 and 2000; see In the archive.

Read the full report on the ABS website, including explanatory notes and current, previous and future releases

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a statutory authority within the Federal Government, responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the internet, radio communications and telecommunications. It was established on 1 July 2005 by the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Australian Communications Authority.

A range of publications, reports and policy documents can be accessed on the ACMA website.

Media and Communications in Australian Families, 2007

This one-off report is an in-depth study of children’s use of electronic media and the way parents mediate that use. It includes an up-to-date review of the academic research literature on the long-term influence of media on children and families.

The research considered a range of children’s leisure activities and investigated how the internet, free-to-air and subscription television, radio, mobile phones and games fit into the lives of Australian young people and families.

Screen Australia published extracts of this data, which are available In the archive.

Access the full report on the ACMA website.