4156.0.55.002 - Value of Sport, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2013  Final
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This publication brings together economic data currently available about sport and physical recreation in Australia from a variety of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) sources.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • Expenditure by households
  • Employment
  • Volunteers in Sport
  • Spectator attendance at sporting events
  • Industries
  • Products


This publication was made possible with funding assistance from the Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO).

All ABS publications draw 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 area of sport and physical recreation statistics is available from the Sport and Physical Recreation Topics @ a Glance page on the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.


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


This publication presents data on the economic value of sport and recreation in Australia, using the latest data available from a diverse range of ABS collections. The dominant focus is on sport and physical recreation, with data also being presented for other selected leisure areas. Care must be taken when comparing data from different sources presented in this publication due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.

The content of this publication is based on the ABS (2008a) Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, 2008 (Second Edition) (cat. no. 4902.0). These include separate classifications for industry, products and occupation. These classifications were developed by the ABS in order to promote a more unified body of statistical information about sport and physical recreation. Adoption of these classifications in statistical collections facilitates comparability between different data collections and, as such, aids decision making by government and the sport industries themselves.

For ABS sources, information on data quality is available (e.g. standard errors).