The purpose of this chapter is to present information about the trade in, supply of and demand for sport and physical recreation products. The term 'products' encompasses both goods, such as a cricket bat or tennis racquet, and services, such as entry to a game of Australian Rules football or the use of a squash court.
Information about exports and imports has been obtained from the ABS (2012e) publication International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Sep 2012 (cat. no. 5368.0), and the supply and demand data are sourced from the ABS (2012b) Australian National Accounts Input-Output Tables (Product Details) - Electronic Publication, 2008-09 (cat. no. 5215.0.55.001).
The products selected from each of these data sources and for inclusion in the tables presented in this chapter are those which most closely align with one or more sport and physical recreation product classes as defined in the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) Product Classification (ABS 2008a). The ACLC Product Classification lists all classes of products which the ABS defines as pertaining to culture and leisure. A subset of these are defined as pertaining to sport and physical recreation.
Some sport and physical recreation products could not be included in some of the tables because, for the relevant data source, they were part of a larger product category which was predominantly out of scope of the ACLC Product Classification. Conversely, some out-of-scope products are included in the tables because they were part of a product category which was predominantly in scope.