ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to attendance at sporting events. The survey collected data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport).
Information on this topic was previously collected in the 2005-06 MPHS, in the 2002 General Social Survey and in the 1999 and 1995 Monthly Population Survey. However, care should be taken when comparing results from these previous surveys, as the methodology used in each of these surveys differ and this may affect the validity of comparisons.
Details on the number of persons who attended sporting matches or competitions in the 12 months prior to interview are presented, together with the socio-demographic characteristics of spectators, the most popular sports and frequency of attendance.
Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note, and Glossary. Unless otherwise specified, differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant (refer to paragraphs 12 and 13 of the Technical Note). This publication includes datacubes in spreadsheet format available on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>.
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
MORE INFORMATION ON SPORT AND RECREATION STATISTICS
Information about Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) activities in the field of sport and recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation topic page on the ABS website. To access the topic page select 'People' under the 'Topics @ a Glance' heading on the home page and then select 'Culture and Recreation' from the 'People' menu. Details on other ABS publications containing data on participation in sport and physical recreation in Australia can be found in paragraph 35 of the Explanatory Notes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.