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4156.0.55.002 - Value of Sport, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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ADULT ATTENDANCE

Characteristics of attendees

Data collected in the MPHS showed that 7.6 million or 43% of Australians aged 15 years and over attended at least one sporting event during the 12 months prior to interview in 2009–10. More men (4.3 million or 50%) attended than women (3.3 million or 37%).

People aged 15 to 17 years had the highest rate of attendance (58%) while people aged 55 to 64 (35%) and 65 years and over (23%) had the lowest. Attendance rates varied between the states and territories, ranging from 38% in New South Wales to 59% in the Northern Territory.

The attendance rate at sporting events was higher for people who were employed full-time (55%) than for people who were employed part-time (45%).

6.1 Spectators at sporting events, Selected characteristics - 2009-10

NUMBER
ATTENDANCE RATE
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Age group (years)
15-17
286.5
218.7
505.2
62.5
53.9
58.4
18-24
578.9
522.0
1 100.8
53.0
48.4
50.7
25-34
890.9
692.1
1 583.0
57.8
44.6
51.2
35-44
855.7
624.7
1 480.5
56.0
39.7
47.7
45-54
783.5
577.1
1 360.7
53.3
38.0
45.5
55-64
503.4
376.4
879.8
40.8
30.0
35.3
65 and over
362.8
278.4
641.2
28.1
18.9
23.2
State or territory
New South Wales
1 275.1
899.6
2 174.8
45.4
30.9
38.0
Victoria
1 215.6
973.1
2 188.7
55.8
43.4
49.5
Queensland
791.1
636.3
1 427.3
46.2
36.3
41.2
South Australia
334.1
286.6
620.7
52.2
43.2
47.6
Western Australia
441.1
327.7
768.7
49.9
37.3
43.7
Tasmania
87.2
71.8
159.0
44.7
35.3
39.9
Northern Territory(a)
39.9
35.4
75.4
62.9
55.2
59.0
Australian Capital Territory
77.6
59.0
136.7
57.0
41.3
49.0
Area of usual residence
State capital cities
2 595.6
1 956.5
4 552.1
48.3
35.2
41.6
Balance of state/territory(b)
1 666.1
1 333.0
2 999.0
51.4
40.5
45.9
Labour force status
Employed full-time
2 957.5
1 310.1
4 267.5
58.1
48.6
54.8
Employed part-time
417.9
1 033.5
1 451.4
46.2
44.1
44.7
Total employed
3 375.4
2 343.6
5 719.0
56.3
46.5
51.8
Unemployed
147.9
113.3
261.3
44.6
42.0
43.4
Not in the labour force
738.3
832.6
1 570.9
32.2
23.5
26.9
Total spectators
4 261.7
3 289.5
7 551.2
49.5
37.1
43.2

(a) Refers to mainly urban areas only.
(b) Includes all of ACT and NT.
Source: Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4174.0).



Attendance at selected sports

In 2009–10 Australian Rules football had the highest rate of attendance by both men (1.7 million or 19%) and women (1.2 million or 13%). Most sports were popular for both men and women (see Table 6.2) although the attendance rates of women at many of them were consistently lower than the attendance rates of men.

Motor sports were attended by about twice as many men (966,200 or 11%) as women (456,800 or 5%). This was also true of Rugby league, which was attended by 969,100 men (11%) and 594,700 or 7% of women.

6.2 Spectators at selected sporting events(a), By sex - 2009-10

Number
Attendance rate
'000
%

MALES

Australian Rules football
1 660.8
19.3
Horse racing
1 015.3
11.8
Rugby league
969.1
11.2
Motor sports
966.2
11.2
Soccer (outdoor)
584.0
6.8
Cricket (outdoor)
488.2
5.7
Rugby union
366.1
4.2
Harness racing
221.8
2.6
Dog racing
183.5
2.1
Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
122.4
1.4

FEMALES

Australian Rules football
1 171.1
13.2
Horse racing
925.0
10.4
Rugby league
594.7
6.7
Motor sports
456.8
5.2
Soccer (outdoor)
354.8
4.0
Rugby union
209.3
2.4
Cricket (outdoor)
190.5
2.2
Harness racing
190.2
2.1
Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
171.3
1.9
Netball (indoor and outdoor)
123.0
1.4

(a) The top 10 ranked sports for males and females in terms of total attendances in 2009-10.
Source: Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4174.0).



Trends in attendance

Comparable data on spectator attendance at sporting events are available for 2005–06 and 2009–10, for people aged 15 years and over.

The attendance rate of people aged 15 years and over at sporting events in 2009-10 (43%) was similar to the attendance rate in 2005–06 (44%). The attendance rate of men decreased from 52% in 2005–06 to 50% in 2009–10, whereas the attendance rate of women remained the same (37% in both 2005–06 and 2009–10). The only statistically significant change in spectator attendance rates by age group was for people aged 18 to 24 years, which reduced from 57% in 2005–06 to 51% in 2009–10.

6.3 Spectators at sporting events, Selected sporting events(a) - 2005-06 and 2009-10

NUMBER ('000)
ATTENDANCE RATE (%)
2005-06
2009-10
2005-06
2009-10
'000
'000
%
%

Australian Rules football
2 526.7
2 831.8
15.8
16.2
Horse racing
2 003.7
1 940.3
12.5
11.1
Rugby league
1 486.4
1 563.8
9.3
8.9
Motor sports
1 485.2
1 423.0
9.3
8.1
Soccer (outdoor)
560.7
938.8
3.5
5.4
Cricket (outdoor)
730.7
678.7
4.6
3.9
Rugby union
682.0
575.5
4.3
3.3
Harness racing
444.2
412.1
2.8
2.4
Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
267.9
293.7
1.7
1.7
Dog racing
224.8
281.4
1.4
1.6
Total spectators(b)
7 096.7
7 551.2
44.3
43.2

(a) The top 10 ranked sports for Australia in terms of total attendances in 2009-10.
(b) Includes attendance at all sports, not just those listed above.
Source: Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4174.0).






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