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4917.0 - Sport and social capital, Australia, 2010  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2012   
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ACCESS TO TRANSPORT

When people do not have access to transport, this can act as a barrier to their participation in the range of social, civic and economic activities of mainstream society.

While most people (84%) felt that they could easily get to the places where they needed to go, 12% felt that they sometimes had difficulty getting to such places, and 4% felt that they either could not get to places where they needed to go or often had difficulties in doing so.

6.6 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, By access to motor vehicle(s) and perceived level of transport difficulties

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

Has access to motor vehicle to drive
Access to motor vehicle(s)
11 288.4
3 308.1
14 596.4
77.3
22.7
100.0
No access to motor vehicles
1 170.4
1 021.4
2 191.7
53.4
46.6
100.0
Total
12 458.7
4 329.4
16 788.2
74.2
25.8
100.0
Perceived level of difficulty with transport
Can easily get to the places needed
10 771.4
3 314.8
14 086.2
76.5
23.5
100.0
Sometimes have difficulty getting to the places needed
1 268.5
719.5
1 988.1
63.8
36.2
100.0
Often have difficulty getting to the places needed
382.4
196.8
579.3
66.0
34.0
100.0
Can't get to the places needed/never go out/housebound
36.4
98.2
134.6
27.0
73.0
100.0
Total
12 458.7
4 329.4
16 788.2
74.2
25.8
100.0



The sport and physical recreation participation rate declined with increased perceived difficulty with transport. The participation rate is highest among those who can easily get to the places needed (76%) and substantially lower for those who cannot get to the places needed (27%).

Less than half a percent of people who participated in sport and physical recreation can't get to the places needed or were housebound, whereas the proportion for non-participants was 2%. In absolute terms, almost three times as many non-participants were in this situation (98,200 compared with 36,400).


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