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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY

The average weekly household expenditure on selected sporting and physical recreation products during 2009-10 was $18.94. This was 1.5% of the average of $1,238.17 spent each week on all products.

Over half (53% or $10.09 per week) of sporting and physical recreation expenditure was for sports and physical recreation services. A further 34% ($6.53 per week) was spent on sports, physical recreation and camping equipment, while the remaining 12% ($2.32 per week) went on sports and recreation vehicles.

The individual categories of sporting and physical recreation products for which average weekly expenditure was highest were sports facility hire charges at $2.81, health and fitness studio charges at $2.71, and swimming pools at $2.18.

Of the total expenditure by Australian households in 2009-10, $8,293.8m (1.5%) was spent on selected sporting and physical recreation goods and services. Of this expenditure, $4,418.4m went on sports and physical recreation services, $2,859.5m on sports, physical recreation and camping equipment, and $1,015.9m on sports and recreation vehicles.

7.1 Expenditure on selected sports and physical recreation products, By Australian households - 2009-10

Average household expenditure
Total household expenditure
Households reporting expenditure(a)
$/week
$m/year
'000

Sports and recreation vehicles
Bicycles
0.22
96.30
(b)85.4
Boats, their parts and accessories
*2.10
919.60
(c)75.4
Total
2.32
1 015.90
159.9
Sports, physical recreation and camping equipment
Camping equipment
0.69
302.20
103.0
Fishing equipment
*0.56
245.22
213.6
Golf equipment
*0.45
197.05
90.5
Sports or physical recreation footwear
0.72
315.29
130.6
Swimming pools
2.18
954.62
(b)54.8
Other sports and physical recreation equipment
1.92
840.77
461.5
Total
6.53
2 859.48
947.2
Sports and physical recreation services
Hire of sports equipment
*0.07
30.65
49.1
Health and fitness studio charges
2.71
1 186.70
613.0
Sporting club subscriptions
1.49
652.50
236.5
Spectator admission fees to sport
0.93
407.20
324.8
Sports facility hire charges
2.81
1 230.50
1 080.3
Sports lessons
1.60
700.60
329.4
Physical recreation charges nec(d)(e)
0.48
210.20
324.4
Total
10.09
4 418.40
2 253.4
Total expenditure on selected sports and physical recreation products
18.94
8 293.80
2 851.7
Total expenditure on all products
1 238.17
542 193.20
8 398.5

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Households reporting expenditure in the two week enumeration period unless otherwise noted.
(b) Households reporting expenditure in the twelve months prior to interview.
(c) Households reporting expenditure in the twelve months or two weeks prior to interview for different commodities within this category.
(d) This was a new expenditure category from 2003-04 and includes charges for horse riding, ice-skating, snooker and related games, swimming pool admission, parasailing and skydiving.
(e) In addition to the products included for 2003-04, for 2009-10 this expenditure category includes paintball laser zone.
Source: ABS data available on request, Household Expenditure Survey, 2009-10


Table 7.2 presents a comparison of both average weekly and total annual expenditures on sporting and physical recreation products at constant prices for 2003-04 and 2009-10. Comparisons between time periods should be done with caution, as the expenditure data for 2003-04 is reported in 2003-04 dollars.

Overall, the average weekly expenditure on sporting and physical recreation products increased from $15.71 in 2003-04 to $18.94 in 2009-10. The average weekly household expenditure in 2009-10 was highest on sports and physical recreation services ($10.09 or 53%), where in 2003-04 expenditure was greatest on sports, physical recreation and camping equipment ($7.58 or 48%).

Total annual expenditure on sporting and physical recreation products by all households also increased between 2003-04 and 2009-10, rising from $6,336.5m to $8,293.8m. There was a noticeable increase in the total annual household expenditure on sport and recreation vehicles, where in 2009-10 households spent $1,015.9m (12% of total expenditure on sports and physical recreation products) compared with $447.7m (7%) in 2003-04.

7.2 Expenditure on selected sports and physical recreation products, By Australian households at constant prices - 2003-04 and 2009-10

Average household expenditure
Total household expenditure
2003-04
2009-10
2003-04
2009-10
$/week
$/week
$m/year
$m/year

Sports and recreation vehicles
1.11
2.32
447.7
1 015.9
Sports, physical recreation and camping equipment(a)
7.58
6.53
3 057.3
2 859.5
Sports and physical recreation services(b)
7.01
10.09
2 827.4
4 418.4
Total expenditure on selected sports and physical recreation products
15.71
18.94
6 336.5
8 293.8
Total expenditure on all products
896.01
1 238.17
361 399.8
542 193.2

(a) In addition to the products included for 2003-04, for 2009-10 this expenditure category includes badminton rackets, wrist bands, and tennis racket grips.
(b) In addition to the products included for 2003-04, for 2009-10 this expenditure category includes gym memberships.
Source: ABS data available on request, Household Expenditure Survey.



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