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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Of the 4.5 million people involved in organised sport and physical activity, 9% received some type of payment for their involvement.

People involved as a coach, instructor or teacher were more likely to receive some payment (27%) than people in a playing role (3%) (Table 5).

Duration and frequency

In the 12 months prior to interview, 41% of people involved in a playing role were involved for between 40 and 52 weeks. The proportion of people in non-playing roles involved for between 40 and 52 weeks was lower, ranging from 10% for referees or umpires and scorers or timekeepers to 33% for committee members or administrators (Table 6).

Some 49% of people involved in playing roles were involved for 3 to 9 hours per week during the weeks they were involved. A further 41% averaged less than 3 hours per week.

Men were involved in playing roles for more hours with 65% averaging more than 3 hours per week compared with 48% of females (Table 7).

Length of involvement in non-playing roles

The proportion of people involved for 4 years or less ranged from 46% for medical support to 60% for 'other' non-playing roles (Table 9).

Number of non-playing roles

The majority of people involved in non-playing roles were involved in just one non-playing role (71%) (Table 2).

Non-playing roles in school and junior sport

Of the 1.6 million people involved in non-playing roles, 928,800 (60%) were involved with school or junior sport. Some 71% of people involved as a coach, instructor or teacher had some involvement in school or junior sport compared with only 46% of committee members or administrators. All other non-playing roles had a school or junior sport participation rate between 60% and 67%.

Women involved in non-playing roles were more likely to be involved in school or junior sport (65%) than men (55%) (Table 8).

Qualifications for non-playing roles

Some 41% of people involved in non-playing roles reported that they had completed a course or qualification relevant to their role. Of the 118,200 people involved in a medical support role, 96% had completed a relevant course or qualification (Table 8). This was a larger proportion than all other non-playing roles:

  • 56% of coaches, instructors or teachers
  • 49% of referees or umpires
  • 16% of committee members or administrators
  • 10% of scorers or timekeepers
  • 13% of those involved in other non-playing roles.