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Culture, Heritage and Leisure
 



Culture, Heritage and Leisure relates to the symbolic and learned aspects of human society and includes topics such as social norms, accepted behaviours and customs. The importance of cultural heritage to an individual's wellbeing has been acknowledged in various reports. While language and connection to land are issues for some people, they may not be applicable to every individual's life circumstance. The ability to attend and participate in community and social events has been found to be of importance to people.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES


Census results

Census of Population and Housing: Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2011 (cat. no. 2076.0)

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)


Survey results

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (cat. no. 4714.0)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Involvement in Arts and Culture, 2001 and 2002 (cat. no. 4721.0)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey 1994: Detailed Findings, 1994 (cat. no. 4190.0)


Articles

Cherbourg State School; Language for Life Project; Year Book Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on Children and Youth (cat. no. 4725.0)

Sport and Physical Recreation; Australian Social Trends; 2011 (cat. no. 4102.0)

Culture and the Arts; Australian Social Trends; 2011 (cat. no. 4102.0)

Perspectives on Sport; Indigenous People's Participation in Sport and Physical Activities; 2010 (cat. no. 4156.0.55.001)

The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (cat. no. 4704.0)

Feature Article 3: Languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - A Uniquely Australian Heritage, Year Book Australia, 2009–10 (cat. no.1301.0)

Feature Article: Indigenous Disadvantage and Selected Measures of Wellbeing, Yearbook Chapter, 2009–10 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Social and Sporting Activities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Australian Social Trends, 2005 (cat. no. 4102.0)

Indigenous fishing activity in northern Australian waters, Year Book Australia, 2004 (cat. no. 1301.0)

Aboriginal tourism, Year Book Australia, 2004 (cat. no. 1301.0)


Microdata

Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF, 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0.55.001)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2002 (Expanded)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey, 1994 (Basic and Expanded)
Cultural Statistics

SELECTED INDICATORS OF CULTURAL ATTACHMENT, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over, by remoteness area–2008
Major cities
Regional areas
Remote areas
Australia
%
%
%
%

Identifies with clan, tribal or
language group
57.4
55.0
80.3
62.1

Speaks an Indigenous
language

7.9
7.7
53.5
19.1
Speaks only some Indigenous
words

24.3
20.2
19.1
21.2
Does not speak an
Indigenous language
67.9
72.1
27.4
59.6

Involved in cultural events
ceremonies or organisations
in last 12 months
56.4
57.5
80.5
62.9










Source: Table 02; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)



Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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