4177.0 - Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2005-06  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/02/2007   
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Note: 24/07/2007: The BARRIERS AND MOTIVATORS TO PARTICIPATION datacube contains additional information relating to motivators and barriers to participation in sport and physical recreation. Data are shown for barriers and motivators by age and sex, birthplace, labour force status, educational attainment, household type and socio-economic index.



This publication presents results from the 2005-06 Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to participation in sports and physical recreation activities. The survey obtained data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation activities as a player, competitor or person who physically undertakes the activity. People who were involved as coaches, umpires or club officials are excluded from the data.

Information on this topic was previously collected for those aged 18 years and over in the Population Survey Monitor (1993 to 2000) and in the 2002 General Social Survey. Care should be taken when comparing results from these surveys, as the methodology used in each of these surveys differed and this may affect the validity of comparisons.

For 2005-06, the title of the publication was changed from 'Participation in Sport and Physical Activities'. The data presented primarily concern participation in physical activity for the purposes of sport, recreation and exercise only. It does not contain any data relating to physical activity in which persons may participate in the course of (for example) undertaking their employment, or home and garden maintenance. The new title will more accurately reflect the content of the publication and better align with the terminology used with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications Industry Classification (ACLC).

Details on the number of persons who participated in sporting events and physical recreation activities in the 12 months prior to interview are presented, together with the socio-demographic characteristics of participants, the most popular sports and physical recreation activities, frequency and regularity of participation, and the constraints and motivators to participation.

Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes (pp. 36-41), Technical Note (pp. 42-44), and Glossary (pp. 45-47).


Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Mike Stratton on Adelaide (08) 8237 7399.