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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation


Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to participation in sport and physical recreation. The survey collected data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation activities as players, competitors or persons who physically took part in the activity. People who were involved in non-playing roles, such as coaches, umpires or club officials were excluded from the data.

Information on this topic was previously collected in the 2005-06 MPHS, in the General Social Survey in 2002 and, prior to that, in a series of other surveys from 1993 to 2000 using the Population Survey Monitor. 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. As with the 2005-06 survey, the data presented in this publication relates to the participation in physical activity for the purposes of sport, recreation and exercise only. It does not contain any data relating to physical activity in which persons may participate in the course of, for example, undertaking their employment, or home and garden maintenance.

Details on the number of persons who participated in physical recreation activities in the 12 months prior to interview are presented, together with the socio-demographic characteristics of participants, the most popular sports and physical recreation activities, frequency of participation, and the types of facilities used. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.



  • Country of birth
  • Year of arrival


The full details of data items collected for the 2009-10 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation is represented in Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia (cat. no. 4177.0). In addition, information can also be found in Microdata: Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0.55.002).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001

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