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4917.0 - Sport and social capital, Australia, 2010  
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Contents >> Involvement of sport participants in the community >> Involvement in various groups and activities

INVOLVEMENT IN VARIOUS GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

Social groups

The sport and physical recreation participation rate for those 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 was highest amongst those with an active involvement in a sport or physical recreation group (94%).

Almost three quarters of sport participants (71%) had an active involvement in a social group compared with 39% of non-participants. The greatest proportion of sport participants had an active involvement in a sport or physical recreation group (63%), social clubs providing restaurants or bars (32%) and religious or spiritual groups or organisations (27%).

6.2 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, By active involvement in social group in the last 12 months and type of organisation

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(a)
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
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.



Civic Activities

For those who actively engaged in some type of civic activity in the last 12 months, the rate of participation in sport and physical recreation activity was 85%, higher than the participation rate of those with no active involvement (66%).

A greater proportion of sport participants (49%) than non-participants (24%) engaged in at least one civic activity. The most common civic activities undertaken by sport participants were boycotting or deliberately buying products for political, ethical or environmental reasons (28%), signing a petition (25%) or writing to the council/territory government or contacting a local councillor/territory government member (16%). These were also the most common activities for non-participants, however, the proportions were lower at 11%, 10% and 8% respectively.

6.3 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, By type of civic activity engaged in, in the last 12 months

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

Participated in a community consultation or attended a public or council meeting
1 228.3
149.8
1 378.1
89.1
10.9
100.0
Written to the council/territory government or contacted a local councillor/territory govt. member
1 948.1
332.2
2 280.4
85.4
14.6
100.0
Contacted a member of parliament
928.1
143.2
1 071.3
86.6
13.4
100.0
Signed a petition
3 162.8
415.8
3 578.6
88.4
11.6
100.0
Attended a protest march/meeting/rally
615.8
52.5
668.3
92.1
7.9
100.0
Written a letter to the editor of a newspaper
481.2
85.3
566.5
84.9
15.1
100.0
Participated in a political campaign
379.8
*38.5
418.2
90.8
*9.2
100.0
Boycotted or deliberately bought products for political, ethical or environmental reasons
3 547.5
489.4
4 036.9
87.9
12.1
100.0
Total persons with involvement(a)
6 122.8
1 054.2
7 177.0
85.3
14.7
100.0
No active involvement in civic activities in last 12 months
6 335.9
3 275.2
9 611.2
65.9
34.1
100.0
Total
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.






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