This is the person's age on their last birthday.
For any group, this is calculated by expressing the number of people who attended a venue or event at least once during the year as a percentage of the population aged 15 years and over in the same group.
Includes indoor and outdoor basketball.
The areas determining the six state capital cities are the Statistical Divisions for those capital cities defined in Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0).
A person of any age who is a natural, adopted, step, or foster son or daughter of a couple or lone parent, usually resident in the same household, and who does not have a child or partner of his/her own usually resident in the household.
Two people in a registered or de facto marriage, who usually live in the same household.
Includes BMX and mountain bikes.
These are 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.
All persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
- 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); or
- worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
- 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; or
- 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; or
- away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
- on strike or locked out; or
- 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.
This comprises 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.
Employed persons 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.
A household is defined as 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.
Descriptions of the different types of household composition are provided below:
Couple only, one family household. A household consisting of a couple with no other related or unrelated persons usually resident.
One family household with dependent child/ren - couple family. 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 not included.
One family household with dependent child/ren - one-parent family. 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 not included.
Lone person household. A household consisting of a person living alone.
Other households. Comprises all other households, including multiple family households, and households consisting of unrelated adults.
Includes ice hockey, ice skating and snow skiing.
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.
Level of highest educational attainment
Descriptions of the different levels of attainment are provided below.
Main English-speaking countries
Postgraduate degree. This level provides for in-depth study in a particular field, and builds on the knowledge and skills gained from previous study. There is usually emphasis on original research. This level includes Doctorates and Master degrees, either by research or coursework.
Graduate diploma and graduate certificate. This level provides graduate specialisation within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, and develops or broadens vocational knowledge, skills and practical experience in a new or existing field of professional study.
Bachelor degree. This level provides study of a systematic and coherent broad body of knowledge, the underlying principles and concepts and the associated communication and problem-solving skills. This level develops the academic skills necessary to comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources.
Advanced diploma and diploma. This level provides a knowledge and skills base, incorporating theoretical concepts, with substantial depth in some areas.
Certificate. This level provides a knowledge and skills base ranging from an understanding of basic concepts and the ability to perform a defined range of routine and predictable activities, to a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge incorporating some theoretical concepts and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to a variety of contexts most of which are complex and non-routine. Levels III and IV provide a broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts and the skills necessary to perform a broad range of skilled applications, to provide technical advice of a complex nature and to provide workgroup leadership when organising activities. Levels I and II provide a knowledge and skills base ranging from basic knowledge in a narrow range of areas to basic operational knowledge in a moderate range of areas.
Year 12. This level provides the basis for further study in both higher education and vocational education and training, and for entry to the workforce. Year 12 marks the completion of secondary education.
Year 11. This level provides the basis for further study in both higher education and vocational education and training, and for entry to the workforce.
Year 10. This level develops knowledge of specific subjects by expanding on Year 9 education. It also provides a foundation for lifelong learning by preparing students for further study and enabling them to acquire work-related skills necessary for entry to the workforce.
Refers to 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 and Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America and South Africa.
Includes judo, karate, tae kwan do, aikido and kickboxing.
Includes car, motor cycle, speedway, drag and go-cart racing.
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.
Not in labour force
Persons who were not in the categories employed or unemployed as defined.
This refers to occupation in the main job and is classified according to the ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0).
Managers and administrators. Tasks include heading government, legislative, industrial, commercial, agricultural and other establishments, or departments within these organisations. They determine the policy of the organisation or department, and direct its functioning, usually through other managers, and coordinate economic, social, technical, legal and other policies.
Professionals. These occupations involve analytical, conceptual and creative tasks through the application of theoretical knowledge and experience in the fields of science, engineering, business and information, health, education, social welfare and the arts.
Associate professionals. Tasks include performing complex technical and administrative support functions which require an understanding of the underlying theories and methods of a particular field and significant practical skills. Tasks are often performed in support of professionals.
Tradespersons and related workers. These occupations involve performing a variety of tasks, applying a body of trade or industry specific technical knowledge and operate a wide variety of complex precision machinery or plant to complete several stages in the fabrication and maintenance of products.
Advanced clerical and service workers. These occupations involves performing a range of complex organisational, administrative, service and liaison tasks requiring a degree of independence, discretion, and judgement.
Intermediate clerical, sales and service workers. Tasks include performing a range of clerical, sales, and service tasks requiring a limited degree of discretion and judgement.
Intermediate production and transport workers. Tasks include operating plant, machinery, vehicles and other equipment to transport passengers and goods, to move materials, to generate power and to perform various agricultural, manufacturing and construction functions.
Elementary clerical, sales and service workers. Work performed typically includes a range of clerical, sales and service tasks, usually under supervision, within established routines and procedures.
Labourers and related workers. Work typically includes routine tasks usually working under close supervision.
Employed persons 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.
Rest of Australia
This category comprises people usually resident in areas outside of the six state capital city Statistical Divisions, including all residents of the Northern Territory (except those in very remote areas) and the Australian Capital Territory.
In the survey only one person (aged 15 years or over) in each dwelling was selected for the survey. This person was randomly chosen by the survey interviewer's computer after all usual residents of the household were listed.
The question on sports attendance asked the respondent which sports (matches or competitions) they had been to as a spectator, during the previous 12 months. The respondent's own definition of sport was accepted. A sport was included regardless of whether the event was paid for or free of charge, or if it was attended at an overseas venue; but it was excluded if it was school or junior sport. A limit of 5 sports could be listed. Due to under-reporting of some sports (not always regarded as sports), specific questions were asked about attendance at motor sports, harness racing, horse races and dog races.
Includes surfing and windsurfing. Excludes surf-lifesaving.
Persons 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.
Includes indoor, outdoor and beach volleyball.
This page last updated 9 May 2011