4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2004  
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HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ON SPORTS, PHYSICAL RECREATION AND OTHER LEISURE

Household Expenditure on Sports, Physical Recreation and Other Leisure, Australia, 1998-99 is a report prepared for the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport by the NCCRS and was released in August 2003. The report can be accessed from the Culture and Recreation theme page on the ABS web site by selecting Themes, then Culture and Recreation, followed by Expenditure (Sport and Recreation), and then Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport reports, or by clicking on the link above.

The report found that, during 1998-99, households in Australia spent $4,096.4m on selected sports and physical recreation products. A little under half of this expenditure ($1,968.3m) was for sports and physical recreation services, while $1,630.4m was spent on sports, physical recreation and camping equipment, and $493.9m on sports and recreation vehicles.

In addition to the expenditure on sports and physical recreation, there was $13,020.7m spent on selected other leisure products. Of this amount, 60% ($7,799.1m) was for 'food and beverage serving services' and gambling accounted for another $2,154.0m.

During 1998-99, Australian households spent, on average, $11.03 per week on sports and physical recreation, and $35.06 on other leisure. Weekly expenditure on sports and physical recreation was 1.6% of average weekly expenditure on all products. For other leisure, weekly expenditure was 5.0% of average weekly expenditure on all products.