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Survey Shows 40% of People with a Disability go to the Movies

Author: Disabled World

Published: 2009-04-05 : (Rev. 2016-02-24)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Australian Bureau of Statistics show 40% of people with a disability went to the cinema1 in 5 reported they had a disability which restricted everyday activities and lasted at least six months.

Main Digest

According to the 2003 Survey of Disability, aging and Carers, one in five people in Australia reported that they had a disability which restricted their everyday activities and which had lasted, or was expected to last, for at least six months.

The proportion of people with a disability attending cultural events barely changed between 1998 and 2003.

In comparison to attendance at cultural events, 29 per cent of people with a disability attended sporting events as a spectator, and 28 per cent took part in sport or physical recreation. Over one-quarter of people with a disability did not take part in any cultural or sporting activities.

Young people with a disability were more likely to attend cultural venues than older people with a disability.

According to the 2003 survey, 87 per cent of children aged 5-14 years with a disability had attended a cultural venue or event, compared to only 47 per cent of people aged 75 years and over.

Specifically, the largest difference was for cinema attendance, where 68 per cent of children attended compared with 20 per cent of people over 75 years.

The smallest difference was for theaters or concerts where 23 per cent of children attended, compared to 19 per cent of people over 75 years.

Overall, women with a disability attended more cultural venues or events than men. The difference was most noticeable for theaters or concerts with 29 per cent of women attending compared to 22 per cent of men.

Cultural venue or eventPercentage of people with a disability attending (%)
Animal, marine park, botanic garden29
Theatre or concert25
Museum or art gallery20


Australian Bureau of Statistics, Survey of Disability, aging and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2003 (cat. no. 4430.0).

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, aging and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2003.

Australia Council, Don't give up your day job: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia (Throsby and Hollister 2003).

Australia Council, 2005, Artswork2: a report on Australians working in the arts.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).

Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group, Cultural Participation by Persons with a Disability and Older Persons, 2003.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007, Participation and Attendance (cat. no. 4172.0).

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