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ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO COMMUNITY FACILITIES

As part of the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) information about access to community facilities, including sporting facilities, was collected. This was collected by household, as opposed to by person, where a household consisted of a person living alone, or two or more related or unrelated persons who live and eat together in private residential accommodation. In this survey each household contained at least one identified Indigenous resident. For further information about the survey please go to the ABS (2008g) publication National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0).

The 2008 NATSISS found that a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in all states and territories of Australia had access to outdoor playing fields and play areas. The proportion of households that had access to swimming pools was lower in Tasmania (44%) and the Northern Territory (65%) compared with households in the other states and territories. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Victoria were the most likely to have access to community halls or centres (91%) while households in the Australian Capital Territory were most likely to have access to indoor sports centres (87%). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Tasmania and the Northern Territory were least likely to have access to these facilities (56% and 68%).

10.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, Types of community facilities available - By state or territory of usual residence - 2008

Outdoor playing fields and play areas
Swimming pool
Indoor sports centre for games
Community hall/centre
Other community facilities(a)
Total households(b)(c)

NUMBER ('000)

New South Wales
61.0
53.7
49.3
55.8
62.7
64.3
Victoria
15.1
13.9
13.1
14.4
15.5
15.8
Queensland
50.0
41.2
37.8
42.8
51.4
53.2
South Australia
10.7
9.3
9.1
10.1
11.2
11.7
Western Australia
21.0
17.5
15.8
19.3
21.2
22.0
Tasmania
8.4
4.1
5.2
7.4
8.9
9.3
Northern Territory
14.0
9.8
10.3
12.0
14.7
15.1
Australian Capital Territory
1.9
1.7
1.7
1.7
2.0
2.0
Australia
182.2
151.3
142.5
163.5
187.7
193.4

PERCENT (%)

New South Wales
94.8
83.5
76.7
86.7
97.5
100.0
Victoria
95.4
87.7
83.0
91.3
98.0
100.0
Queensland
94.0
77.5
71.2
80.5
96.7
100.0
South Australia
91.7
79.8
78.1
86.6
95.9
100.0
Western Australia
95.8
79.8
72.1
88.0
96.8
100.0
Tasmania
90.4
43.5
55.8
79.1
95.3
100.0
Northern Territory
92.8
64.8
68.2
79.2
97.5
100.0
Australian Capital Territory
97.4
86.5
87.0
85.8
98.3
100.0
Australia
94.2
78.2
73.7
84.5
97.1
100.0

(a) Includes health, retail, education and other facilities.
(b) Includes none of the above, facilities not stated and not applicable.
(c) Components will not add to total as more than one facility could be reported.
Source: ABS data available on request, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia, 2008.


Generally, the proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households which had access to indoor sports centres for games were lower than the proportions which had access to other sporting and community facilities. Households in remote/very remote areas were the least likely to have access to indoor facilities (59%). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in remote/very remote areas were also the least likely to have access to swimming pools (64%).

Similar proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in major cities and inner/outer regional areas had access to community and sporting facilities. An exception was households in inner/outer regional areas, which were more likely to have access to community halls or centres (89%), compared with households in major cities (83%).

10.4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, Types of community facilities available - By remoteness area - 2008

Outdoor playing fields and play areas
Swimming pool
Indoor sports centre for games
Community hall/centre
Other community facilities(a)
Total households(b)(c)

NUMBER ('000)

Major cities
69.5
59.5
55.9
60.2
70.7
72.6
Inner/Outer regional area
83.0
71.0
67.3
78.6
85.2
88.1
Remote/ Very remote area
29.7
20.8
19.3
24.7
31.8
32.8
Australia
182.2
151.3
142.5
163.5
187.7
193.4

PERCENT (%)

Major cities
95.7
82.0
77.1
82.9
97.4
100.0
Inner/Outer regional area
94.3
80.6
76.4
89.3
96.8
100.0
Remote/ Very remote area
90.7
63.5
58.9
75.5
97.2
100.0
Australia
94.2
78.2
73.7
84.5
97.1
100.0

(a) Includes health, retail, education and other facilities.
(b) Includes none of the above, facilities not stated and not applicable.
(c) Components will not add to total as more than one facility could be reported.
Source: ABS data available on request, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia, 2008.



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