This chapter presents information about expenditure by households on sport and physical recreation. Expenditure data has been obtained from the Household Expenditure Surveys conducted in 2003–04 and 2009–10. Further information about the survey can be found in the ABS (2012c) Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing: User Guide, 2009–10 (cat. no. 6503.0).
The Household Expenditure Surveys collected information about expenditure by households resident in private dwellings and used the Household Expenditure Classification (HEC) to categorise the products purchased. The product categories included in this chapter as relating to sport and physical recreation are those which most closely align with one or more sporting and physical recreation product classes as defined in the ABS (2008a) Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) Product Classification.
As there is not an exact match between categories of the HEC and those of the ACLC Product Classification, there are some instances of individual products that are out of scope of the ACLC that are included, and in-scope products that are excluded. For example, sports bags, gun oil and powder scales are all classed as sporting and physical recreation equipment in the HEC but are out of scope of the ACLC Product Classification.