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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Volunteers in Sport >> Family and household type

FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD TYPE

Families consisting of a couple with no children aged under 15 years old were the most common source of all volunteers (2.7 million or 44% of all volunteers). This was followed by families consisting of a couple with children aged under 15 years old, who contributed a further 1.9 million or 32% of all volunteers.

People who were part of couple families (both with children under 15 years old and no children under 15 years old) also had greater proportions of volunteers for total sport organisations compared with people who were part of other family types. Of the 2.3 million total sport volunteers, nearly half (961,800 or 42%) of the volunteers came from couple families with children aged under 15 years. This was followed by 39% (879,000) of total sport volunteers living in couple families with no children aged under 15 years.

9.3 Sport and Physical Recreation and Other Volunteers, By family and household type - 2010

Sport & physical recreation organisation(s) only
Sport & physical recreation and other organisation(s)
Total sport & physical recreation organisation(s)
Other organisation(s) only
Total volunteers
Not a volunteer
Total persons aged 18 years & over

Volunteers ('000)

Couple family with children aged under 15 years
368.4
593.4
961.8
987.0
1 948.8
2 178.2
4 126.9
Couple family with no children aged under 15 years
503.0
376.0
879.0
1 827.9
2 706.8
5 283.0
7 989.8
One parent family with children aged under 15 years
*19.9
66.4
86.3
139.0
225.3
373.6
598.9
One parent family with no children aged under 15 years
*52.4
*60.1
*112.5
171.6
284.1
583.6
867.7
Other family(a)
**8.1
**5.6
*13.7
*42.0
*55.7
153.8
209.5
Total family households
951.8
1 101.5
2 053.3
3 167.3
5 220.7
8 572.2
13 792.9
Lone person household
69.7
88.7
158.4
524.1
682.5
1 508.6
2 191.0
Other households(b)
**14.7
*23.4
*38.1
102.4
140.5
464.2
604.7
Total other households
84.4
112.0
196.4
626.5
823.0
1 972.8
2 795.8
Total
1 054.2
1 213.6
2 267.7
3 816.5
6 084.2
10 703.9
16 788.2

Volunteers (%)

Couple family with children aged under 15 years
34.9
48.9
42.4
25.9
32.0
20.3
24.6
Couple family with no children aged under 15 years
47.7
31.0
38.8
47.9
44.5
49.4
47.6
One parent family with children aged under 15 years
*1.9
5.5
3.8
3.6
3.7
3.5
3.6
One parent family with no children aged under 15 years
*5.0
*5.0
*5.0
4.5
4.7
5.5
5.2
Other family(a)
**0.8
**0.5
*0.6
*1.1
*0.9
1.4
1.2
Total family households
90.3
90.8
90.5
83.0
85.8
80.1
82.2
Lone person household
6.6
7.3
7.0
13.7
11.2
14.1
13.1
Other households(b)
**1.4
*1.9
*1.7
2.7
2.3
4.3
3.6
Total other households
8.0
9.2
8.7
16.4
13.5
18.4
16.7
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

Volunteer rate (%)

Couple family with children aged under 15 years
8.9
14.4
23.3
23.9
47.2
52.8
100.0
Couple family with no children aged under 15 years
6.3
4.7
11.0
22.9
33.9
66.1
100.0
One parent family with children aged under 15 years
*3.3
11.1
14.4
23.2
37.6
62.4
100.0
One parent family with no children aged under 15 years
*6.0
*6.9
13.0
19.8
32.7
67.3
100.0
Other family(a)
**3.9
**2.7
**6.5
*20.0
*26.6
73.4
100.0
Total family households
6.9
8.0
14.9
23.0
37.9
62.1
100.0
Lone person household
3.2
4.0
7.2
23.9
31.1
68.9
100.0
Other households(b)
**2.4
*3.9
*6.3
16.9
23.2
76.8
100.0
Total other households
3.0
4.0
7.0
22.4
29.4
70.6
100.0
Total
6.3
7.2
13.5
22.7
36.2
63.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Includes families with related individuals.
(b) Includes group households and household types not classifiable.
Source: General Social Survey, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4159.0)






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