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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity


The 2010 survey of Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity (IOSPA) was conducted throughout Australia as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). IOSPA was first conducted in 1993, again in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007 and most recently in April 2010. The 2010 collection is the last iteration of this survey. IOSPA collects data on involvement in organised sport and physical activity for persons 15 years of age and older.

The object of the IOSPA survey is to obtain data about the population's paid and unpaid involvement in organised sport and physical activity in playing and non-playing roles. Principal users are the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) of the ABS, the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport Research Group.

IOSPA collects data under the topics listed above as well as socio-demographic characteristics collected in the Monthly Population Survey. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.



  • Country of birth
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the following formats:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa


The full details of data items collected for the Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity survey is represented in Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia (cat. no. 6285.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in the Work and Involvement in Selected Culture, Sporting and Leisure Activities entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


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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