4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2011  
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This chapter presents information relating to employment in sport and physical recreation. The information has been obtained from several sources as described below.

The Census of Population and Housing is a source of information relating to a person's main job in the week before the Census, that is, the one in which they usually worked the most hours. The ABS (2008c) publication Employment in Sport and Recreation, Australia, August 2006 (cat. no. 4148.0) presents summary Census data about people employed in selected sport and physical recreation occupations as their main job at the time of the 2006 Census. It also includes details of their industry of employment, sex, age, birthplace and origin, qualifications, income, hours worked and state or territory of usual residence.

The most recent ABS Survey of Sports and Physical Recreation Services was conducted in 2004-05 and collected information from businesses and organisations engaged in the provision of sport and physical recreation services. Data were published in ABS (2006b) Sports and Physical Recreation Services, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 8686.0) and include details about the number of people who were employed by, or worked voluntarily for, sport or physical recreation organisations, regardless of whether it was their main job.

The ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours provides statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings and hours paid for and how their pay is set. The latest data available are from the May 2010 survey of employers and have been published in ABS (2011c) Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 6306.0).

The most recent ABS Survey of Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity was conducted in April 2010 and collected information on the number of people aged 15 years and over who were involved in organised sport and physical activity over a 12 month period. Data have been published in ABS (2010b) Involvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia, April 2010 (cat. no. 6285.0).

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