Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005
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Employment in sport and physical recreation occupations
Involvement in organised sports and physical activities
In the 12 months to April 2001, 4.1 million people (27.1% of all people aged 15 years and over) were involved in sport and physical activity organised by a club, association or other organisation. This involvement includes players or participants and those involved in non-playing roles that support, arrange and/or run organised sport and physical activity. Of these, over 1.4 million people (9.5% of all people aged 15 years and over) were involved as coaches, referees, administrators, scorers or in other non-playing roles.
Of the 4.1 million people involved in organised sport and physical activity, 0.9 million (21.6% of those involved) were both a player and involved in at least one non-playing role. Of the 1.4 million people with non-playing involvement, 33.8% participated in more than one non-playing role. In all, these 1.4 million people had 2.1 million involvements in non-playing roles in the 12 months prior to interview.
Of the 3.5 million players, 88,100 (2.5%) received some payment (either in dollars and/or goods and services) for their involvement, and of the 2.1 million non-playing involvements, 233,500 (11%) attracted some payment (table 12.28). These data, and the figures in table 12.24, indicate how heavily reliant sports organisations are on the support of unpaid helpers.
The Voluntary Work Survey, conducted by the ABS in 2000, collected information on the types of organisations, clubs and associations to which people provided unpaid help in the form of time, services or skills. The survey found 4.3 million persons aged 18 years and over undertook voluntary work in the 12 months before interview in 2000. Sport and physical recreation organisations had the largest number of volunteers, receiving help from 1.1 million volunteers. Education, training and youth development organisations and community and welfare organisations also received help from close to one million volunteers. Although female volunteers outnumbered male volunteers overall, this situation was reversed in sport and physical recreation organisations where 60% of volunteers were male. Almost a third (31%) of volunteers who worked for sports and physical recreation organisations were aged 35-44 years and 40% of sports volunteers had children aged 5-14 years. Some volunteers provided assistance to more than one sports organisation, so the total number of voluntary involvements in sports organisations (1.3 million) exceeded the total number of volunteers for sports organisations.
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