4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010  
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ADULT ATTENDANCE

Characteristics of attendees

Data collected in the MPHS showed that 7.1 million or 44% of Australians aged 15 years and over attended at least one sporting event during the 12 months prior to interview in 2005-06. More males (4.1 million or 52%) attended than females (3.0 million or 37%).

The attendance rate at sporting events was highest for persons aged 15-24 years and declined across the age groups. Attendance rates varied among the states and territories, ranging from 42% in New South Wales to 50% in the Northern Territory (includes mainly urban areas only).

The attendance rate at sporting events was higher for persons employed full-time (56%) than persons employed part-time (48%), unemployed persons (43%) or persons not in the labour force (27%).

5.1 Adult attendance at sporting events(a), Selected characteristics - 2005-06

NUMBER
ATTENDANCE RATE
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

Age
15-17
242.0
204.6
446.6
60.8
48.7
54.6
18-24
611.5
492.2
1 103.7
60.9
52.6
56.9
25-34
857.6
621.8
1 479.4
62.1
44.5
53.2
35-44
813.7
577.8
1 391.5
55.7
38.6
47.0
45-54
704.8
538.9
1 243.7
51.3
38.3
44.7
55-64
529.1
326.7
885.8
47.7
29.5
38.6
65 and over
339.0
236.9
575.9
29.2
17.5
22.9
State or territory
New South Wales
1 310.0
949.3
2 259.4
49.6
34.9
42.1
Victoria
1 057.6
766.9
1 824.5
53.6
37.3
45.3
Queensland
769.7
574.8
1 344.5
50.4
37.0
43.6
South Australia
342.4
252.2
594.6
56.8
40.5
48.5
Western Australia
410.1
307.2
717.2
53.0
39.0
46.0
Tasmania
102.2
78.7
180.9
54.6
40.3
47.3
Northern Territory(b)
31.7
23.3
55.0
56.0
42.7
49.5
Australian Capital Territory
74.1
46.6
120.6
60.1
35.7
47.6
Region
Capital cities(c)
2 517.8
1 820.8
4 338.5
51.0
35.6
43.2
Rest of Australia(d)
1 580.0
1 178.1
2 758.2
53.5
39.2
46.3
Labour force status
Employed
3 305.9
2 074.6
5 380.5
59.9
46.3
53.8
Full-time
2 900.3
1 105.9
4 006.2
60.9
46.3
56.0
Part-time
405.7
968.7
1 374.4
53.4
46.2
48.1
Unemployed
144.2
90.7
234.9
50.9
34.3
42.9
Not in the labour force
647.7
833.6
1 481.3
31.1
24.7
27.2
Total
4 097.8
2 998.9
7 096.7
51.9
36.9
44.3

(a) Relates to persons aged 15 years and over who attended a sporting event as a spectator during the 12 months prior to interview.
(b) Comprises predominantly urban areas only.
(c) Comprises the six state capital city statistical divisions.
(d) Includes all of ACT and NT.
Source: Sports Attendance, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4174.0).



Attendance at selected sports

In 2005-06 Australian Rules football was the sport most attended by both males (1.5 million or 19%) and females (1.0 million or 13%) aged 15 years and over. Eight of the top ten sports with the highest attendance rates were the same for males and females (see Table 5.2). For all sports, the attendance rate for females was consistently lower than that for males.

Horse racing was the second most highly attended sport for females with 11% (912,000) attending. Horse racing was among the top three sports for males with 14% (1.1 million) attending. Motor sports was attended by almost twice as many males (1.0 million or 13%) as females (462,100 or 5.7%). Rugby League was attended by 943,800 males (12%) and 542,600 females (6.7%).

5.2 Adult attendance at selected sporting events(a) - 2005-06

Number
Attendance rate
'000
%

MALES

Australian Rules football
1 515.5
19.2
Horse racing
1 091.5
13.8
Motor sports
1 023.1
13.0
Rugby League
943.8
12.0
Cricket (outdoor)
547.5
6.9
Rugby Union
449.6
5.7
Soccer (outdoor)
348.6
4.4
Harness racing
253.7
3.2
Dog racing
139.7
1.8
Basketball
132.6
1.7

FEMALES

Australian Rules football
1 011.3
12.5
Horse racing
912.2
11.2
Rugby League
542.6
6.7
Motor sports
462.1
5.7
Rugby Union
232.4
2.9
Soccer (outdoor)
212.2
2.6
Harness racing
190.5
2.3
Cricket (outdoor)
183.2
2.3
Tennis
163.5
2.0
Netball
130.8
1.6

(a) Relates to persons aged 15 years and over who attended a sporting event as a spectator during the 12 months prior to interview.
Source: Sports Attendance, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4174.0).



Trends in attendance

Comparable data on sporting attendance are available for 1999 and 2005-06, for persons aged 18 years and over. The top ten sports for these years are presented in Table 5.3.

The proportions of Australians aged 18 years and over who attended sporting events in 1999 and in 2005-06 were similar (42% in 1999 and 40% in 2005-06). Over this period, there was an increase in the number of persons attending horse racing (from 1.7 million to 1.9 million) and rugby union (from 417,800 to 648,200). Conversely, there was a decrease in the number of persons attending outdoor cricket matches between 1999 and 2005-06 (falling from 870,700 to 694,300). Attendance at tennis and basketball also fell during this period from 404,300 to 246,600 and from 461,600 to 206,800 respectively.

5.3 Adult attendance at selected sporting events(a)(b) - 1999 and 2005-06

Number
Attendance rate
1999
2005-06
1999
2005-06
'000
'000
%
%

Australian Rules football
2 330.7
2 364.0
16.5
15.6
Horse racing
1 698.8
1 949.8
12.1
12.8
Rugby League
1 371.9
1 362.0
9.7
9.0
Motor sports
1 416.0
1 356.5
10.1
8.9
Cricket (outdoor)
870.7
694.3
6.2
4.6
Rugby Union
417.8
648.2
3.0
4.3
Soccer (outdoor)
563.3
516.4
4.0
3.4
Harness racing
508.4
431.5
3.6
2.8
Tennis
404.3
246.6
2.9
1.6
Basketball
461.6
206.8
3.3
1.4
Total attendance(c)(d)
5 964.1
6 058.5
42.3
39.9

(a) Relates to persons aged 18 years and over who attended a sporting event as a spectator during the 12 months prior to interview in the survey year.
(b) Data are presented for the ten main sporting events attended in 2005-06.
(c) Includes attendance at all sports, not just those listed above (excluding motor sports).
(d) A person attending sporting events in a given year will only be counted once in the figure for total sports, regardless of how many different sports they may have attended.
Source: Sports Attendance, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4174.0).






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