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Research and statistics - Tasmania

In late 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) changed the way it releases arts and culture data. The ABS will now be releasing reports on Arts and Culture data for each state and territory as and when the data is made available. These reports will, over time, replace the Tasmania Culture Report that was previously produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The publication of these reports allows for a more timely release of state and territory level arts and culture data. 

Find these reports here - 4920.0 - Arts and Culture: State and Territory Profiles

For those topics for which new reports have not been released, you should refer to the last edition of the Tasmania Culture Report (2012), which is available below.

Tasmania Culture Report (2012)

The following report prepared by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provide a summary of available data for the cultural sector in Tasmania. Information is obtained from various annual and periodic ABS national reports, many of which are produced with the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group, as well as the Australia Council and the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

In some cases, the information has been augmented with Tasmania-specific data not published in the national reports, and with information from other sources where relevant. Material is updated as new reports are published and new data becomes available. It is hoped that the information is a useful starting point for researchers and others interested in this profile of the arts in Tasmania.

There are 15 chapters and one appendix:

  1. Cultural attendance and participation
  2. Employment, work and volunteers in culture
  3. Children, young people and the arts
  4. Indigenous participation in the arts
  5. People born overseas and the Arts
  6. People with a disability and the arts
  7. People 60 years and older and the arts 
  8. Household expenditure on culture
  9. Economic activity
  10. Cultural funding by government and business
  11. Museums and art galleries
  12. Libraries
  13. The performing arts
  14. Cinema, film and video
  15. Sources of data about culture

APPENDIX 1 Detailed occupation and industry employment tables

Download here: Tasmania Culture Report 2012 - PDF 2.1 MB


In the report, TAS is often compared with the whole of Australia (for example tables may show a column 'Percentage in TAS').

To put this in context: according to the 2011  Census, the population of Tasmania was 495 352 while the population of Australia was 21 507 719.

Therefore, 2.3 per cent of Australia's population lived in Tasmania.


The following abbreviations are used in the report:

n.a. not available
n.e.c. not elsewhere classified
n.f.d. not further defined
n.p. not available for publication

ANZSIC Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

The material in this report has been prepared for Arts Tasmania by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).