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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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Contents >> Volunteers in Sport >> Labour force status

LABOUR FORCE STATUS

Labour force status may be related to the likelihood of volunteering where one might expect that employment in paid work may limit the time available for voluntary work. However, the 2010 GSS data does not support this.

The volunteer rate for total sport organisations for employed people (17%) was more than four times the rate for the unemployed (4%) and more than double those not in the labour force (7%). People employed full-time had a volunteer rate equal to those who worked part-time in these organisations (17%).

Of the population aged 18 years and over, 23% (2.5 million) of employed people volunteered for other organisations only, compared with 17% (1.9 million) who volunteered for total sport organisations.

The total sport volunteer rate for men employed full-time (19%) was greater than the rate for men employed part-time (11%). Conversely, women employed full-time had a total sport volunteer rate of 14% compared with 19% by those employed part-time.

9.4 Sport and Physical Recreation and Other Volunteers, By labour force status - 2010

Sport & physical recreation organisation(s) only
Sport & physical recreation and other organisation(s)
Total sport & physical recreation organisation(s)
Other organisation(s) only
Total volunteers
Not a volunteer
Total persons aged 18 years & over

Volunteers ('000)

Males
Employed
565.3
502.5
1 067.7
1 167.1
2 234.9
3 716.6
5 951.4
Employed full-time
512.4
451.7
964.1
975.4
1 939.5
3 090.7
5 030.2
Employed part-time
*52.8
*50.8
*103.6
191.7
295.4
625.8
921.2
Unemployed
**1.7
**7.2
**8.9
*27.8
*36.7
209.5
246.2
Not in the labour force
*87.6
80.9
168.5
404.9
573.4
1 510.8
2 084.2
Total
654.6
590.5
1 245.1
1 599.9
2 845.0
5 436.9
8 281.8
Females
Employed
294.1
493.8
787.8
1 301.6
2 089.5
2 818.5
4 908.0
Employed full-time
137.5
224.6
362.1
603.3
965.4
1 662.5
2 627.9
Employed part-time
156.6
269.2
425.7
698.3
1 124.1
1 156.0
2 280.1
Unemployed
**3.2
**6.8
*10.0
*52.8
*62.8
197.9
260.6
Not in the labour force
*102.3
122.5
224.8
862.2
1 087.0
2 250.7
3 337.7
Total
399.6
623.0
1 022.6
2 216.6
3 239.3
5 267.1
8 506.3
Persons
Employed
859.3
996.2
1 855.6
2 468.8
4 324.3
6 535.0
10 859.4
Employed full-time
649.9
676.2
1 326.2
1 578.7
2 904.9
4 753.2
7 658.1
Employed part-time
209.4
320.0
529.4
890.0
1 419.4
1 781.8
3 201.3
Unemployed
*4.9
*14.0
*18.9
*80.6
99.5
407.3
506.8
Not in the labour force
189.9
203.3
393.3
1 267.1
1 660.4
3 761.6
5 422.0
Total
1 054.2
1 213.6
2 267.7
3 816.5
6 084.2
10 703.9
16 788.2

Volunteer rate (%)

Males
Employed
9.5
8.4
17.9
19.6
37.6
62.4
100.0
Employed full-time
10.2
9.0
19.2
19.4
38.6
61.4
100.0
Employed part-time
*5.7
*5.5
*11.2
20.8
32.1
67.9
100.0
Unemployed
**0.7
**2.9
**3.6
*11.3
*14.9
85.1
100.0
Not in the labour force
4.2
3.9
8.1
19.4
27.5
72.5
100.0
Total
7.9
7.1
15.0
19.3
34.4
65.6
100.0
Females
Employed
6.0
10.1
16.1
26.5
42.6
57.4
100.0
Employed full-time
5.2
8.5
13.8
23.0
36.7
63.3
100.0
Employed part-time
6.9
11.8
18.7
30.6
49.3
50.7
100.0
Unemployed
**1.2
**2.6
*3.8
*20.3
*24.1
75.9
100.0
Not in the labour force
*3.1
3.7
6.7
25.8
32.6
67.4
100.0
Total
4.7
7.3
12.0
26.1
38.1
61.9
100.0
Persons
Employed
7.9
9.2
17.1
22.7
39.8
60.2
100.0
Employed full-time
8.5
8.8
17.3
20.6
37.9
62.1
100.0
Employed part-time
6.5
10.0
16.5
27.8
44.3
55.7
100.0
Unemployed
*1.0
*2.8
*3.7
15.9
19.6
80.4
100.0
Not in the labour force
3.5
3.8
7.3
23.4
30.6
69.4
100.0
Total
6.3
7.2
13.5
22.7
36.2
63.8
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
Source: General Social Survey, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4159.0)



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