4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jan 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/01/2004   
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Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview was released on 14 November. It contains information sourced from a variety of ABS collections covering a wide range of aspects of sport.

In addition to the sports attendance and participation features described above, highlights of the Overview include:

  • Organisations mainly involved in providing sports and physical recreation services generated $4.8 billion worth of income.
  • Government funding of sports and physical recreation was worth $2.1 billion, while business contributed $628 million in support and sponsorship.
  • Australian households spent an average of $11.03 per week on sports and physical recreation equipment and activities.
  • Retail sales of sports and physical recreation products totalled $3.8 billion.
  • Imports of sporting goods were valued at $1.2 billion and exports reached $463 million.
  • There were 83,008 people whose main job was in a sport- or physical recreation-related occupation and more than a million volunteers (1,140,700) acting in supporting roles.