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CHARACTERISTICS OF SPECTATORS
COUNTRY OF BIRTH
Nearly half (49% or 6.1 million) of the population who were born in Australia attended a sporting event in the 12 months prior to interview, compared with 29% (1.4 million) of people who were born overseas. Of people born overseas, those born in a main English-speaking country were more likely to attend a sporting event (41%) than those born in other countries (22%) (Table 1).
AREA OF USUAL RESIDENCE
The attendance rate at sporting events varied across the states and territories, with Northern Territory reporting the highest rate of 59% (75,400) of people attending a sporting event in the 12 months prior to interview, compared with 38% (2.2 million) of people in New South Wales (Table 2).
People living in state capital cities reported a lower attendance rate at sporting events (42% or 4.6 million) than those living in the rest of Australia (46% or 3.0 million) (Table 1).
LABOUR FORCE STATUS
Persons employed on a full-time basis reported the highest attendance rates at sporting events (55%), compared with those employed part-time (45%), unemployed persons (43%) and those not in the labour force (27%) in the 12 months prior to interview (Table 1).
The highest attendance rates were reported by persons in a couple household with dependent children (50%), compared with those in a one-parent household with dependent children (41%), couple only households (40%) and lone person households (36%) (Table 1).
Attendance rates at sporting events were highest for people with a highest educational attainment of Certificate (50%). The attendance rates were lowest for people with a highest educational attainment of Year 10 or below (34%) (Table 1).
Attendance rates generally increased as equivalised gross household income increased. Persons whose weekly gross household income was in the lowest quintile reported attendance rates of 26%, whereas those with a weekly gross household income in the highest quintile reported attendance rates of 58% (Table 1).
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