Australian Bureau of Statistics
4177.0 - Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2012
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CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONS WHO PARTICIPATED
Participants, Sport and physical recreation, By age and sex
AREA OF USUAL RESIDENCE
The participation rate for sport and physical recreation was highest in the Australian Capital Territory (80%), while the other states ranged from 62% in Queensland and South Australia to 69% in Tasmania (Table 2). People living in the eight capital cities had a higher participation rate (66%) than those living in the rest of Australia (63%) (Table 1). Walking for exercise was significantly more popular than other physical recreation activities in almost all states and territories. The exception was the Australian Capital Territory, where participation rates for walking for exercise and fitness and gym activities were similar (Table 10).
Participants, Sport and physical recreation, By states and territories and sex
People born in Australia were more likely to participate in sport and physical recreation than those born in other countries (67% and 59% respectively). While the participation rates were similar for males and females born in Australia (68% and 67% respectively) and overseas in main English-speaking countries (69% and 70% respectively), the rate for males born overseas, not in a main English-speaking countries, was significantly higher than that of females (58% and 47% respectively) (Table 1).
There was a significant difference in the participation rates between those who were employed (70%) and those unemployed (64%). Participation rates in sport and physical recreation were similar for those employed full-time (70%) and those who were employed part-time (71%). Just over half of those aged 15 years and over who were not in the labour force (55%) reported participating in sport and physical recreation in the 12 month period prior to interview (Table 1).
People living in couple households with dependent children were more likely to participate in sport and physical recreation (68%) than those in one parent households with dependent children (63%) and lone person households (61%) (Table 1).
Participation rates for sport and physical recreation were similar for those whose highest educational attainment was a Postgraduate degree (79%), Graduate diploma or graduate certificate (82%) and Bachelor degree (78%). The lowest participation rate was reported by people whose highest educational attainment was year 10 or below (48%) (Table 1).
Participation rates generally increased as equivalised household income increased. People whose weekly household income was in the highest quintile reported a participation rate of 81%, whereas the rate for people in the lowest quintile was 48% (Table 1).
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