4156.0 - Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia , 2006 Edition 2  
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This publication presents a statistical overview of sport and recreation in Australia, using the latest data available from a diverse range of ABS collections. The dominant focus is on sports and physical recreation, with data also being presented for selected other leisure areas, including gambling, hospitality and amusements.

Wherever possible, the information contained in this publication has been presented in accordance with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications. These include separate classifications for industry, products and occupation. For details refer to Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2001 (cat. no. 4902.0).

This edition of the publication is the second update since its release in an on-line version on 29 March 2006, and follows an earlier update (2006 Edition 1) on 19 June 2006. The data which debut in this edition appear in chapters 5, 6 and 7 and concern

  • attendance at sports events by persons with a disability
  • household expenditure on sports and physical recreation products
  • average weekly earnings of employees in sports and physical recreation industries
  • numbers of employees and volunteers working for organisations providing sports and physical recreation services
  • involvement in organised sport and physical activity, and
  • volunteers assisting sport, recreation and hobby organisations.

Only a selection of the available data about sport and recreation has been included in this publication. For information about other relevant data, contact the NCCRS in the Adelaide Office of the ABS.


This Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication was produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) and made possible with funding assistance from the Sport and Recreation Ministers Council (SRMC) and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS).

ABS publications draw extensively 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 field of sport and recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation theme page on the ABS web site. This theme page also contains information about the role of the NCCRS within the ABS. To access the theme page, select People under Themes from the menu on the left hand side of the home page.

Details of ABS publications containing information relating to sport and recreation are presented in the Bibliography at the end of this publication.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact Colin Speechley on Adelaide (08) 8237 7363 or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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