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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Work-life balance is used to describe the balance between an individual's work and personal life. The participation rate in sport and physical recreation was highest for those whose work commitments allowed them to also meet other family and community responsibilities (84%). Of the 529,200 people whose work commitments did not allow them to meet family and community responsibilities, three quarters participated in sport and physical recreation (75%). Some 4.6 million or 28% of people indicated that they did not have family/community responsibilities. Within this group, 80% participated in sport and physical recreation.

6.1 Participation in sport and physical recreation, Whether work allows for family/community responsibilities - 2010

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

Can meet responsibilities
4 732.8
895.7
5 628.4
84.1
15.9
100.0
Can not meet responsibilities
399.3
129.8
529.2
75.5
24.5
100.0
Doesn't have family/community responsibilities
3 697.1
951.6
4 648.7
79.5
20.5
100.0
Don't know
*32.6
*20.4
53.1
61.5
*38.5
100.0
Not applicable(a)
3 596.8
2 331.9
5 928.8
60.7
39.3
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) Unemployed or not in the labour force.
Source: Unpublished ABS data, General Social Survey, Australia, 2010.






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