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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2011   
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  • There were 75,155 people whose main job was in a sport and physical recreation occupation at the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. This was 23% higher than the corresponding figure from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.
  • On average, people in sport and physical recreation occupations were more likely to be working part-time and more likely to have a lower income than people in the general working population.
  • At the end of June 2005 there were 111,519 people working for organisations mainly engaged in providing sport and physical recreation services. Of these people, 46,552 were working for not-for-profit organisations and 11,051 for government organisations. The remainder were working for businesses aiming to make a profit.
  • The average weekly total cash earnings of people employed in sport and physical recreation industries in May 2010 was $559.20. This was 55% of the average total cash earnings for people employed in all industries ($1,010.30).

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