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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Sport and Social Capital >> Proportion of friends of same ethnic background

PROPORTION OF FRIENDS OF SAME ETHNIC BACKGROUND

Having diverse social networks can expose people to others of different cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds and assists in developing values of acceptance and inclusiveness. People who reported that all of their friends were of the same ethnic background had a lower participation rate in sport and physical recreation than people who reported that about half of their friends were from the same ethnic background (67% compared with 80%). About three quarters (76%) of people who reported that only a few of their friends were of the same ethnic background also participated in sport and physical recreation.

6.6 Participation in sport and physical recreation, Proportion of friends of same ethnic background - 2010

Participated
Did not participate
Total
Participation rate
Non-participation rate
Total
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

All
2 925.3
1 433.7
4 359.0
67.1
32.9
100.0
Most
6 151.9
1 686.6
7 838.5
78.5
21.5
100.0
About half
1 665.7
407.9
2 073.7
80.3
19.7
100.0
Few
1 143.3
361.9
1 505.1
76.0
24.0
100.0
None
470.6
259.2
729.8
64.5
35.5
100.0
Don't Know
*26.3
*49.5
75.8
*34.7
65.3
100.0
Not applicable
*75.8
130.5
206.2
36.7
63.3
100.0
Total
12 458.7
4 329.4
16 788.2
74.2
25.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
Source: Unpublished ABS data, General Social Survey, Australia, 2010.



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