6285.0 - Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia, April 2010 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/2010  Final
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product




Of the 4.5 million people involved in organised sport and physical activity, 9% received some type of payment for their involvement.

People involved as a coach, instructor or teacher were more likely to receive some payment (27%) than people in a playing role (3%) (Table 5).

Duration and frequency

In the 12 months prior to interview, 41% of people involved in a playing role were involved for between 40 and 52 weeks. The proportion of people in non-playing roles involved for between 40 and 52 weeks was lower, ranging from 10% for referees or umpires and scorers or timekeepers to 33% for committee members or administrators (Table 6).

Some 49% of people involved in playing roles were involved for 3 to 9 hours per week during the weeks they were involved. A further 41% averaged less than 3 hours per week.

Men were involved in playing roles for more hours with 65% averaging more than 3 hours per week compared with 48% of females (Table 7).

Length of involvement in non-playing roles

The proportion of people involved for 4 years or less ranged from 46% for medical support to 60% for 'other' non-playing roles (Table 9).

Number of non-playing roles

The majority of people involved in non-playing roles were involved in just one non-playing role (71%) (Table 2).

Non-playing roles in school and junior sport

Of the 1.6 million people involved in non-playing roles, 928,800 (60%) were involved with school or junior sport. Some 71% of people involved as a coach, instructor or teacher had some involvement in school or junior sport compared with only 46% of committee members or administrators. All other non-playing roles had a school or junior sport participation rate between 60% and 67%.

Women involved in non-playing roles were more likely to be involved in school or junior sport (65%) than men (55%) (Table 8).

Qualifications for non-playing roles

Some 41% of people involved in non-playing roles reported that they had completed a course or qualification relevant to their role. Of the 118,200 people involved in a medical support role, 96% had completed a relevant course or qualification (Table 8). This was a larger proportion than all other non-playing roles:

  • 56% of coaches, instructors or teachers
  • 49% of referees or umpires
  • 16% of committee members or administrators
  • 10% of scorers or timekeepers
  • 13% of those involved in other non-playing roles.