1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Sep 2008  
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Time Use Surveys provide information on the daily activity patterns of people, and measure unpaid work in the home and community as well as time spent on other activities such as employment, leisure, social and community interaction and sleeping patterns.

Recently, the ABS released the results of the latest Time Use Survey, in How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (cat. no. 4153.0). This is the third national Time Use Survey, creating opportunities for analysts to track changes in many aspects of Australian society. The results confirm that one of these changes is the continuing decline in the average time Australians spend in sport and outdoor activity, compared with other less physically active forms of leisure.

Time spent on selected activities(a) - 2006
Graph: Graph - Time spent on selected activities, By sex, 2006

Time spent on selected leisure activities(a)
Graph: Graph - Time spent on leisure activities, 1992, 1997 and 2006


This year the International Association of Time Use Research (IATUR) will be holding their annual conference in Australia for the first time. The IATUR organises an annual multinational and multidisciplinary conference, which focuses on issues related to time use research and time use data collection. The aim is to attract Australians interested in time use research in addition to the many European, Asian and other international researchers that regularly attend. The conference will be held at the Wesley Conference Centre, in Sydney, on the 1st to 3rd December 2008. The theme of the conference for this year is -
Advances in Time Use Research: Methods, Analysis and Application

For further information about How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 or the International Association of Time Use Research conference please contact Elisabeth Davis on (02) 6252 7880 or email nsw.statistics@abs.gov.au.