Sports organisations involved in the provision of sports and physical recreation activities generated $8,466m in income during 2000-01, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Major sources of income included television and broadcasting rights ($1,349m), sponsorship and fundraising ($1,221m), admissions ($1,142m), funding from government ($731m), membership fees ($647m), and net TAB distributions ($555m).
In 2000-01, 'for profit' organisations generated total income of $4,358m, while 'not for profit' organisations generated $3,379m and government organisations generated $730m. This included those organisations involved in the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Total expenses of sports organisations was $8,608m resulting in an operating profit before tax of $89m.
At end June 2001, there were 7,147 employing sports organisations. 'For profit' organisations accounted for 51% of the total employing organisations, and 'not for profit' and government organisations accounted for 40% and 9% respectively.
In terms of its component industries, the highest income for the non-government sports organisations were sports venues ($3,857m), sports clubs, teams, and sports professionals ($1,382m), sports administration ($1,147m) and horse and dog racing ($1,136m).
Total employment at the end of June 2001 in the sports and physical recreation industries was 87,447 people, of which only 30,547 were permanent employees. In addition, the industries had 178,837 volunteers during the month of June 2001.
Further details can be found in Sports Industries, Australia, 2000-01 (cat. no. 8686.0).