ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to participation in sport and physical recreation. The survey collected data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation activities as players, competitors or persons who physically took part in the activity. People who were involved in non-playing roles, such as coaches, umpires or club officials were excluded from the data.
Information on this topic was previously collected in the 2005-06 MPHS, in the General Social Survey in 2002 and, prior to that, in a series of other surveys from 1993 to 2000 using the Population Survey Monitor. However, care should be taken when comparing results from these previous surveys, as the methodology used in each of these surveys differ and this may affect the validity of comparisons. As with the 2005-06 survey, the data presented in this publication relates to the participation in physical activity for the purposes of sport, recreation and exercise only. It does not contain any data relating to physical activity in which persons may participate in the course of, for example, undertaking their employment, or home and garden maintenance.
Details on the number of persons who participated in physical recreation activities in the 12 months prior to interview are presented, together with the socio-demographic characteristics of participants, the most popular sports and physical recreation activities, frequency of participation, and the types of facilities used.
Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note, and Glossary. Unless otherwise specified, differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant (refer to paragraphs 12 and 13 of the Technical Note).
Some of the tables in this publication are also available at the state and territory level in Excel spreadsheet format from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
MORE INFORMATION ON SPORT AND RECREATION STATISTICS
Information about Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) activities in the field of sport and recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation topic page on the ABS website. To access the topic page select 'People' under the 'Topics @ a Glance' heading on the home page and then select 'Culture and Recreation' from the 'People' menu. Details on other ABS publications containing data on participation in sport and physical recreation in Australia can be found in paragraph 37 of the Explanatory Notes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.