Australian Bureau of Statistics
4156.0.55.001 - Perspectives on Sport, Oct 2008
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FEATURE ARTICLE 2: INVOLVEMENT IN ORGANISED SPORT AS A COACH, INSTRUCTOR, REFEREE OR UMPIRE
How many coaches and referees are paid or unpaid?
The majority (513,000 or 78.0%) of persons involved as a coach, instructor or teacher or as a referee or umpire (299,000 or 78.5%) were unpaid. Of those who did receive some payment, including payment in kind, 60.0% of coaches, instructors or teachers and 94.9% of referees or umpires received less than $5,000 per year.
How much time do coaches and referees spend in their role?
More persons involved as a coach, instructor or teacher undertook their role for 27 or more weeks in the year (39.3%), compared with 31.7% who were involved for 1 to 13 weeks and 28.9% who were involved for 14 to 26 weeks. In contrast, people involved as a referee or umpire were more likely to undertake their role for shorter periods throughout the year, with the majority (48.4%) of those involved doing so for 1 to 13 weeks compared with 27.6% being involved for 14 to 26 weeks and 24.0% for 27 weeks or more. This may be a reflection of the pre-season and in-season training sessions for many organised sports compared to the match-day involvement of referees and umpires.
Persons involved as a coach, instructor or teacher were most likely to undertake their role for between 3 and 9 hours per week (43.6%) or for less than 3 hours (42.6%). Just 13.8% were involved in these roles for 10 hours or more per week. In comparison, the majority (62.7%) of referees or umpires were involved for less than 3 hours per week.
Have there been any major changes in the participation rate of coaches and referees over time?
The participation rate of persons involved as a coach, instructor or teacher has remained at similar levels from 2001 (3.7%) to 2007 (4.0%), as has the rate of involvement as a referee or umpire (2.3% in 2001, 2.1% in 2004 and 2.3% in 2007).
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2007, Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia, Apr 2007, cat. no. 6285.0, ABS, Canberra.
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