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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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Contents >> Participation in sport and physical recreation >> Participation by people with a disability

PARTICIPATION BY PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY

In the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) a disability is defined as any limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months, and restricts everyday activities. For further information about definitions and survey methodology please refer to the Explanatory Notes published in ABS (2010a) Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0).

Compared with the results of the 2003 SDAC (ABS 2004), the participation rate of people with a disability in sport or physical recreation did not change significantly in 2009 (25% in 2003 and 24% in 2009). The overall participation rate of men with a disability remained the same in both surveys (28%), while the participation rate of women with a disability also did not change significantly (21% in 2003 and 20% in 2009).

Noticeable decreases in participation between 2003 and 2009 were seen by men with a moderate core activity limitation (25% to 22%) and also by women with a mild core activity limitation (25% in 2003, to 20% in 2009).

3.8 Adult participation in sport or physical recreation(a), By disability status and sex - 2003 and 2009

2003
2009
Disability status
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

NUMBER ('000)

Profound core activity limitation(b)
13.5
*9.8
23.3
18.5
15.7
34.1
Severe core activity limitation(b)
47.4
41.0
88.4
43.5
42.2
85.7
Moderate core activity limitation(b)
78.2
59.1
137.3
63.0
64.7
127.7
Mild core activity limitation(b)
138.8
119.9
258.7
160.8
115.6
276.4
Schooling or employment restriction
199.0
156.1
355.1
182.7
143.3
326.1
All with specific limitations or restrictions(c)
346.4
278.2
624.6
348.8
281.5
630.2
Total with reported disability(d)
468.2
361.7
829.9
466.1
366.0
832.1

PARTICIPATION RATE (%)

Profound core activity limitation(b)
10.0
4.5
6.6
11.8
6.5
8.6
Severe core activity limitation(b)
20.5
13.6
16.6
18.5
14.0
15.9
Moderate core activity limitation(b)
24.6
16.3
20.2
21.8
18.1
19.8
Mild core activity limitation(b)
27.1
25.0
26.1
28.0
19.9
23.9
Schooling or employment restriction
25.5
21.8
23.7
25.9
19.1
22.4
All with specific limitations or restrictions(c)
25.0
18.6
21.7
24.7
17.4
20.8
Total with reported disability(d)
28.2
21.1
24.6
27.6
20.0
23.7

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Relates to persons aged 18 years and over, living in households only, who participated in sport or physical recreation away from home during the 12 months prior to interview.
(b) Core activities comprise communication, mobility and self care.
(c) Total may be less than the sum of the components as persons may have both a core activity limitation and a schooling or employment restriction.
(d) Includes those who do not have a specific limitation or restriction.
Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.






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