To collect information about people’s attendance at sporting events, watching of sports events on TV and listening to sport on the radio.
This information was collected in May 1997 as part of the Population Survey Monitor (PSM), a quarterly household survey of approximately 3,000 households conducted throughout Australia. The PSM covered all usual residents aged 18 years and over in private dwellings in both urban and rural areas of all States and Territories of Australia. However, persons living in remote and sparsely settled areas were excluded from the collection. All persons living in non-private dwellings were also excluded.
FREQUENCY OF COLLECTION
Quarterly, ceasing in May 1997.
Records up to three sports (if any), where an admission fee is usually charged, which the respondent attended as a spectator in the last month. In the November 1993 and February 1994 surveys this question only referred to the last week.
Sports respondent would like to have attended but was unable to
Records up to three sports (if any), where an admission fee is usually charged, which the respondent would like to have attended but was unable to, in the last month. In the February 1994 survey this question only referred to the last week, and it was not asked in November 1993.
Main reason for non-attendance
For each sporting event not attended, the main reason for non-attendance. The categories are:
No child care available
No time/too busy
Event sold out
Sport on TV
In the four quarters from November 1993 to August 1994, respondents were asked whether they watched any sports on TV in the week before interview and, if so, were asked:
Main three sports watched
Total time spent watching each of those three sports on TV in the last week
Sport on the radio
In the four quarters from November 1993 to August 1994, respondents were asked whether they listened to any sports on the radio in the week before interview and, if so, were asked:
Main three sports listened to
Total time spent listening to each of those three sports on the radio in the last week
Australia, States, Territories, Metropolitan or Rest of State.
Demographic characteristics for which information is available include:
Country of birth
Household type (person living alone, married couple living alone, etc.)
Socioeconomic characteristics for which information is available include:
Labour force status (employed, unemployed or not in the labour force)
Main activity for those not employed
Occupation (1-digit ASCO)
Industry (ANZSIC Division)
Other topics of interest
In some quarters in which data on spectator sports were collected, data were also collected on the following topics:
Art and craft purchases (February 1997 to May 1997)
Attendance at arts festivals (November 1995 to September 1996)
Attendance at botanic gardens (November 1993 to May 1994, November 1994 to May 1995)
Book reading (November 1994)
Children’s participation in sport and physical activities (August 1994 to May 1997)
Health risk factors (May 1994 to May 1995)
Household use of information technology (February 1994, February 1996 to November 1996)
Individual donations (September 1996 to May 1997)
Participation in gambling (May 1994 to May 1997)
Participation in sport and physical activities (November 1993 to May 1997)
Physical activity of people aged 60 years and over (February 1994 and November 1995)
Support for the arts (August and November 1995)
Usage of videos and computer games (February 1994)
Data were collected in each quarterly survey from November 1993 to May 1997. Differences between data items collected in various quarters are indicated in the list of data items above.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995, 'A Sporting Nation', Australian Social Trends, 1995, (Cat. no. 4102.0), ABS, Canberra. Price $39.00.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1994, Population Survey Monitor, November 1993, (Cat. no. 4103.0), ABS, Canberra. Price $10.00.
In the first instance, refer to To obtain data or further information in the Introduction to this directory.
Sport and Recreation Contact Officer
National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 2272
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Telephone: 08 8237 7399
Facsimile: 08 8237 7366
This page last updated 13 March 2007