4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010  
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This publication brings together information about sport and physical recreation in Australia from a variety of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data sources.

Wherever possible, information contained in this publication has been presented in accordance with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC). For details refer to Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2008 (Second Edition) (cat. no. 4902.0).

This ABS publication is the ninth statistical overview of sport and physical recreation produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). Data have been updated where new data were available at the time of release.

The chapters updated in this edition (2010) are as follows:

  • Chapter 3 Participation in sport and recreation - contains new data on children's participation in organised sport, Indigenous adults' participation in sport and physical activities and adult exercise levels;
  • Chapter 4 Time spent on sport and recreation - contains new data about time spent on recreation and leisure activities;
  • Chapter 10 Facilities - contains new data on engineering construction of sport and physical recreation facilities; and
  • Chapter 12 Products - contains new data on exports and imports and supply and demand of selected sport and physical recreation goods.

All other data appearing in the 2010 Edition is the same as 2009.


This publication was made possible with funding assistance from the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS).

All ABS publications draw on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total.


Information about ABS activities in the area of sport and physical recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation Topics @ a Glance page on the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics on Adelaide (08) 8237 7602, email <nccrs@abs.gov.au>.