4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2007 Edition 1  
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Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia was originally released in hard copy and as a pdf file in November 2003. It was subsequently released in an on-line format on 29 March 2006 with a view to it being progressively updated as more recent data became available. In this edition (2007 Edition 1), the scope of the publication has been reduced and now excludes the chapters relating to Other Leisure. Accordingly, the publication has been renamed Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia. The changes since 2006 Edition 2 are

  • chapter 8 contains new data for building approvals of sports and physcial recreation buildings
  • chapter 8 contains new data for engineering construction of sports and physcial recreation facilities
  • chapter 11 contains new data for international trade in sports and physcial recreation products
  • chapters 12–14 have been deleted
  • data from chapter 13 which have relevance for sports and physical recreation have been transferred to chapter 10 – these data concern sports hospitality clubs, toy and sporting good manufacturers, and toy and sporting good wholesalers.

In addition, corrections have been made to table 3.7 in chapter 3.4. The number of females in 2003 who had a profound core activity limitation (9,800) – and the participation rate for these females (4.5%) – have now been marked with asterisks to indicate that these estimates should be used with caution because their relative standard errors are in the range 25% to 50%.

All other data appearing in 2007 Edition 1 is the same as for 2006 Edition 2.



This publication presents a statistical overview of sports and physical recreation in Australia, using the latest data available from a diverse range of ABS collections.

Wherever possible, the information contained in this publication has been presented in accordance with the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications. These include separate classifications for industry, products and occupation. For details refer to Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2001 (cat. no. 4902.0).

This edition of the publication is the third update since its release in an on-line version on 29 March 2006, and follows the previous update (2006 Edition 2) on 10 November 2006. The data which debut in this edition appear in chapters 8 and 11 and concern

  • international trade in sports and physical recreation goods
  • building approvals for sports and physical recreation buildings
  • engineering construction of sports and physical recreation facilities.

In addition, from this edition onwards, chapters 12-14 (concerning other leisure) will no longer be part of the publication. This restricts the subject matter to sports and physical recreation only. Relevant information from chapter 13 concerning manufacturers of toys and sporting goods, wholesalers of toys and sporting goods, and sports hospitality clubs has been transferred to chapter 10.

Only a selection of the available data about sports and physical recreation has been included in this publication. For information about other relevant data, contact the NCCRS in the Adelaide Office of the ABS.


This Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication was produced by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) and made possible with funding assistance from the Sport and Recreation Ministers Council (SRMC) and the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport (SCORS).

ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


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


Information about ABS activities in the field of sports and physical recreation statistics is available from the Culture and Recreation theme page on the ABS web site. This theme page also contains information about the role of the NCCRS within the ABS. To access the theme page, select People under Themes from the menu on the left hand side of the home page.

Details of ABS publications containing information relating to sports and physical recreation are presented in the Bibliography at the end of this publication.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact Colin Speechley on Adelaide (08) 8237 7363 or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.