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4177.0 - Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2012   
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GLOSSARY

Athletics, track and field

Includes running (for athletics).

Balance of state/territory

Comprises the areas outside of the eight capital city Statistical Divisions (as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0)). Balance of state/territory does not include any areas of the ACT.

Capital cities

Comprises the eight capital city Statistical Divisions (as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0)). Includes all areas of the ACT.

Couple

Two people in a registered or de facto marriage, who usually live in the same household.

Cycling/BMXing

Includes bike riding and mountain biking.

Dancing/ballet

Includes ballroom dancing, belly dancing, boot scooting, callisthenics, dance sport, folk dancing, latin dancing, line dancing, salsa, swing dancing and other forms of dancing.

Dependent children

All people aged under 15 years; and people aged 15–24 years who are full-time students, have a parent in the household and do not have a partner or child of their own in the household.

Employed

All people aged 15 years and over who, during the week prior to interview:
  • worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers)
  • worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers)
  • were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
    • away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week
    • away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week
    • away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement
    • on strike or locked out
    • on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job, or
  • were employers or own account workers, who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Employed full-time

All people who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.

Employed part-time

All people who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.


Equivalised household income

Equivalising adjusts actual income to take into account the different needs of the households of different sizes and compositions. There are economic advantages associated with living with others, because household resources, especially housing, can be shared. The equivalence scale used to obtain equivalised income is that used in studies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and is referred to as the 'modified OECD scale'. The scale gives a weight of 1.0 to the first adult in the household, a weight of 0.5 for each additional adult (persons aged 15 years and over) and a weight of 0.3 for every child. For each household, the weights of the household members are added together to form a household weight. Total household income is then divided by the household weight to give an income that a lone person household would need for a similar standard of living. Equivalised household income can be viewed as an indicator of the economic resources available to each member of the household.

Family

Two or more people, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering, and who usually live in the same household. A separate family is formed for each married couple, or for each set of parent-child relationships where only one parent is present.

Fishing

Includes angling.

Fitness/gym

Includes boot camp, circuits, exercise biking, exercising, fitness classes, gym classes, gym workouts, RPM, spin cycling, treadmill activities, weight training and zumba.

Football sports

Includes American football, Gaelic football, gridiron, oztag, touch football and USA football.

Gymnastics

Includes acrobatics, trampolining and cheerleading.

Horse riding/equestrian activities/polo

Includes dressage, polo cross and show jumping.

Household

A group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, who regard themselves as a household, and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his/her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.

Household composition

Descriptions of the different types of household composition are provided below:

Couple only. A household consisting of a couple with no other related or unrelated persons usually resident.

Couple with dependent children. A household consisting of a couple and at least one dependent child usually resident in the household. Related non-dependent children may also be present in the household. Households which also have other related or unrelated residents are included.

One parent with dependent children. A household consisting of a lone parent and at least one dependent child usually resident in the household. Non-dependent children may also be present in the household. Households which also have other related or unrelated usual residents are included.

Lone person. A household consisting of a person living alone.

Other. Comprises all other households, including multiple family households, group households and households consisting of unrelated adults, and other one family households.

Ice/snow sports

Includes bobsledding, broomball, ice hockey, ice skating, skeleton, snow skiing and snow boarding.

Income quintiles

When originally ranking and deriving income quintiles, if the same dollar values appeared in adjoining ranges, the boundaries were adjusted so that each quintile range was mutually exclusive. The impact of this is minor but it should be noted that the income quintiles only approximate 20% of the estimated population. Cases where the income was not stated, not known or refused are recorded as 'Income not known or not stated' and were excluded from the calculation of the quintiles.

See also Quintiles.

Indoor sports or fitness centres

Includes indoor tennis, netball, basketball etc. courts, halls and community centres, bowling alleys, indoor rock climbing walls and ice rinks.

Soccer (indoor)

Includes futsal.

Jogging/running

Includes running for exercise.

Labour force status

A classification of the civilian population aged 15 years and over into employed, unemployed or not in the labour force, as defined. The definitions conform closely to the international standard definitions adopted by the International Conferences of Labour Statisticians.

Main English-speaking countries

The list of main English-speaking countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. These countries comprise the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America. Non-main English-speaking countries describes people originating from countries where a language other than English is likely to be spoken by migrants. It is important to note that being from a non-main English-speaking country does not imply a lack of proficiency in English.

Martial arts

Includes Aikido, Chi Kung, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Ninjitsu, Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Motor sports

Includes car racing, drag racing, go-karting, motorbike racing and speedway.

Non-dependent children

All persons aged 15 years or over (except those aged 15–24 years who are full-time students) who have a parent in the household and do not have a partner or child of their own in the household.

Non-organised sport and physical recreation

Those sport and physical recreation activities which were not organised by a club or recreation association, such as social clubs, church groups, old scholars associations or gymnasiums. Persons may participate in both non-organised and organised activities.

Not in the labour force

People who were not in the categories employed or unemployed as defined.

Off-road cycleways or bike paths

Includes off-road tracks or trails that are surfaced (e.g. gravel or bitumen) or unsurfaced (e.g. dirt). Excludes on-road bicycle lanes.

Organised sport and physical recreation

Those sport and physical recreation activities which were organised by a club or recreation association. The club or organisation did not need to be a sporting body; it may have been a social club, church group, old scholars association or gymnasium. Persons may participate in both organised and non-organised activities.

Outdoor sports facilities

Includes public swimming pools, outdoor tennis, basketball etc. courts, bowling greens, ski resorts, BMX tracks/courses, golf courses and athletics tracks. Excludes residential and educational institution swimming pools.

Parks or reserves

Includes open space or tracks or trails in nature areas.

Participant

Those playing a sport or physically undertaking an activity. Persons involved solely as a coach, teacher, instructor, referee, umpire, administrator or club committee member are excluded from the data.

Participation rate

The number of people who participated in an activity at least once during the year as a percentage of the population aged 15 years and over. For example, the participation rate for males aged 15–17 years in NSW would be a percentage of all males aged 15–17 years in NSW.

Public playing fields and ovals

Grounds that consist of wide expanses of grass, dirt or sand with any marked lines, goals/goal posts or other sport-specific infrastructures, such as football fields.

Quintiles

Groupings that result from ranking all households or people in the population in ascending order according to some characteristic such as their income and then dividing the population into five equal groups, each comprising around 20% of the estimated population.

Rugby league

Includes rugby league sevens.

Rugby union

Includes rugby sevens.

Schools and educational facilities

Includes swimming pools in educational facilities.

Shooting sports

Includes hunting, bird shooting, clay shooting, crossbow shooting, duck shooting, paintball, pistol shooting, rifle shooting, running target shooting, shotgun shooting, skirmish, target shooting and trap shooting.

Skateboarding/inline hockey/roller sports

Includes rollerblading and rollerskating.

Sport and physical recreation

Respondents were not advised what activities they should include as sport or physical recreation. However, activities such as gardening, housework, manual labouring and other forms of occupational physical activity were excluded.

Surf lifesaving

Includes royal lifesaving.

Surf sports

Includes surfing and bodyboarding.

Swimming/diving

Includes springboard diving and platform diving.

Trail bike riding

Includes dirt bike riding.

Unemployed

People aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:

  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week, or
  • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Volleyball (indoor and outdoor)

Includes Newcombe ball.

Waterskiing/powerboating

Includes jet skiing and wake boarding.


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