6285.0 - Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia, April 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/2010  Final
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The purpose of this survey was to collect information of persons aged 15 years and over who were involved in organised sport and physical activities in playing and non-playing roles in the 12 months prior to interview.

The type of information collected included; types of roles, the characteristics of persons participating in each role, whether payment was received, the amount of time spent on each type of involvement, and whether they have qualifications in that role.

As a result of this survey being a supplement to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), persons excluded for the LFS were also excluded from this survey.


The survey was conducted throughout Australia in April 2010 as a supplement to the monthly LFS. This survey has been previously conducted in 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2007. Data from the survey are released approximately six months after they have been collected.


The number of completed interviews (after taking account of scope and coverage exclusions) was around 24,000. This sample was achieved by asking the questions of one randomly selected person per household, except for the 900 households containing a 15 to 17 year old that participated in the re-interview sample (see next paragraph); two persons were interviewed in these households.

When processing the survey results, it was discovered that there was an error with the sample selection during the initial sample selection which resulted in no 15 to 17 year olds selected for interview. Given the importance of including this age group, it was decided to re-interview. Re-interviews were conducted over two weeks in July/August 2010 at a sample of households that were part of the original sample and where there was a 15 to 17 year old in the household. The final re-interview sample size was sufficient to provide reliable estimates for this age group.


The ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey; sound survey practice requires ongoing development to maintain the integrity of the data. Minor changes were made to the survey between 2007 and 2010. Very remote areas, excluding Indigenous communities in very remote area, have been included for the first time. Very remote areas represent about 2% of the overall Australian population. This change had the greatest impact on the Northern Territory therefore, care must be exercised when comparing the 2010 Northern Territory data to previous years as changes to the data may be due to the inclusion of very remote areas. Because of this change, tests of statistical significance have not been conducted for the Northern Territory in Table 10.


Detailed information on the terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with this survey can be found in the PDF release as well as the relevant web pages included with this release.


In addition to the PDF publication, the tables and associated RSEs, and a number of extra state based tables are available in spreadsheet format on the website.

Data are also available on request. Note that detailed data can be subject to high relative standard error which in some cases may result in data being confidentialised.

For further information about these or related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070