Country of birth
Country of birth is classified according to the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (cat. no. 1269.0)
Employed persons are those aged 15 years and over who, during the week prior to interview:
- worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in-kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or
- worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
- were employees who had a job but were not at work and were: away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview; away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview and received pay for some or all of the four week period prior to interview; away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; on strike or locked out; on worker's compensation and expected to return to their job; or
- were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.
Persons employed full-time are those who usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
Persons employed part-time are those who usually work less than 35 hours per week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week or were not at work in the reference week.
Involvement in organised sport and physical activity
Involvement includes players and participants, as well as persons involved in 'non-playing roles'. Respondents could have been involved in more than one non-playing role and/or as a player. Persons who were involved only as a spectator or only as a club member are excluded.
Junior sport includes those sports and physical activities in which young participants are primarily grouped according to age rather than ability. There is no specific age limit applied to this definition because the age criteria for 'junior' sport may vary from sport to sport.
Labour force status
This is a classification of the civilian population aged 15 years and over into employed, unemployed or not in the labour force.
Main English speaking countries
The list of Main English Speaking Countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. The list therefore includes South Africa, since although large numbers of South Africans do not speak English as their first language, those who migrate to Australia are likely to speak English. The list does not include country units which are statistically insignificant in the Australian context, although they are English speaking countries.
The set of Main English Speaking Countries used by the ABS consists of:
Medical support role
- Ireland, Republic of
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom (consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- United States of America
This role includes persons who indicated that they had been involved as a 'provider of medical support' for organised physical activities or sports. This would include medical practitioners, physiotherapists, first aid attendants, etc.
These roles are undertaken to support, arrange and/or run organised sport and physical activity. The six roles included in this survey are: coach, instructor, or teacher; referee or umpire; committee member or administrator; scorer or timekeeper; medical support; and other role.
Not in the labour force
This category consists of those persons who were not in the categories of 'employed' or 'unemployed' as defined.
Number of hours of involvement
For each role, the number of hours of involvement is an estimate of the average number of hours per week for those weeks in which the respondent took part in the role during the 12 months before interview.
Number of weeks of involvement
For each role, the number of weeks of involvement is an estimate of the number of weeks that the respondent had been involved in that particular role during the 12 months prior to interview.
Organised sport and physical activity
This is sport and physical activity that is organised by a club, business or other organisation.
For any group, this is the number of persons involved in organised sport and physical activity, expressed as a percentage of the total population of that group.
Persons could have been paid for their involvement in dollars and/or in goods and services. The payment reported was that which had been received, or was expected to be received, for the person's involvement in organised sport and physical activity during the 12 months before interview. Where dollars are reported, this is the gross income in dollars (i.e. income before tax and expenses are deducted). The equivalent dollar value for any payment in goods and services was not collected from respondents.
Players includes those who were involved in playing or participating in organised sport or organised physical activity at least once in the 12 months prior to interview. Persons who were players could also have been involved in non-playing roles.
For this survey, a qualification is the completion of a course or qualification relevant to the non-playing roles surveyed, regardless of the length of the course or the type of institution offering the course. This may include: training run by sporting associations or clubs; study at educational institutions; and attendance at workshops or seminars.
Rest of Australia
This category includes all of the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory, and the six states outside of the capital cities.
School sport includes those sports and physical activities that are organised by any school or college that caters for students up to and including Year 12. Participation may take place either within or outside of school hours.
Some paid involvement
This includes persons who received, or expected to receive, at least some payment for their involvement in organised sport and physical activity during the 12 months before interview. Payment includes payment in dollars or in goods and services.
State capital cities
The six state capital cities are the Statistical Divisions for those capital cities as defined in Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0).
Unemployed persons are those aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the week prior to interview and:
- had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview; and
- were available for work in the week prior to interview or were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the week prior to interview and could have started in the week prior to interview if the job had been available then.
This is involvement in organised sport and physical activity for which no payment (either in dollars or in goods and services) was received or expected.