Where people live, whether near to each other in densely populated urban areas or on farms or in small communities situated in remote areas, may influence the way in which they form networks and interact with others. It may also affect the opportunities that people have to participate in a range of social and civic activities, including sport and physical recreation activity (ABS 2006).
The GSS uses a remoteness index based on the Remoteness Structure of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (ABS 2008b). The index classifies broad geographical regions that share common characteristics of remoteness. Use of this index allows differences in sport and physical recreation participation between these regions to be examined.
While data from the GSS appears to show that the sport and physical recreation participation rate is higher in areas that are more urban, there is not enough evidence to say that one remoteness classification in Australia has a statistically significantly higher participation rate in sport and physical recreation than another.
4.5 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, By remoteness classification
Did not participate
|Major cities of Australia |
|Inner regional Australia |
|Outer regional Australia |
|Remote Australia |
|* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution |
|(a) Includes Migratory. |