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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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Contents >> Sport and Social Capital >> Active involvement in social groups

ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL GROUPS

The participation rate in sport and physical recreation for those who were actively involved in at least one social group in the last 12 months was 84%, which was much higher than the participation rate of those with no active involvement (58%). Specifically, the participation rate in sport and physical recreation was highest amongst those with an active involvement in a sport or physical recreation group (94%) or in an arts or heritage group (90%). Similar rates of participation in sport and physical recreation were seen in those with an active involvement in adult education, other recreation or special interest group and social clubs providing restaurants or bars (both 86%).

6.2 Participation in sport and physical recreation, Active involvement in social group in the last 12 months by type of organisation - 2010

Participated
Did not participate
Total
Participation rate
Non-participation rate
Total
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Sport or physical recreation group
5 526.1
331.3
5 857.4
94.3
5.7
100.0
Arts or heritage group
1 235.9
144.0
1 380.0
89.6
10.4
100.0
Religious or spiritual group or organisation
2 372.6
677.8
3 050.5
77.8
22.2
100.0
Craft or practical hobby group
1 098.4
187.2
1 285.5
85.4
14.6
100.0
Adult education, other recreation or special interest group
1 735.0
275.4
2 010.5
86.3
13.7
100.0
Ethnic / multicultural club
541.0
*122.3
663.4
81.6
18.4
100.0
Social clubs providing restaurants or bars
2 829.3
456.8
3 286.2
86.1
13.9
100.0
Other social groups
314.6
81.7
396.3
79.4
20.6
100.0
Total persons with involvement
8 828.2
1 671.1
10 499.3
84.1
15.9
100.0
No active involvement in social groups in last 12 months
3 630.6
2 658.3
6 288.9
57.7
42.3
100.0
Total(a)
12 458.7
4 329.4
16 788.2
74.2
25.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Components may not add to totals as some persons may have had involvement in more than one group.
Source: Unpublished ABS data, General Social Survey, Australia, 2010.


Almost three quarters of participants in sport and physical recreation (8.8 million or 71%) had an active involvement in a social group compared with 39% (1.7 million) of non-participants. Of the people who were involved in a social group, the greatest proportions of participants in sport were involved in a sport or physical recreation group (63%), social club providing restaurants or bars (32%) or in religious or spiritual groups or organisations (27%).





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