4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Oct 2006  
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The results of the 2004-05 Service Industries Survey for sports and physical recreation services were released in ABS catalogue number 8686.0 on 29 August.

At the end of June 2005, there were 9,256 sports and physical recreation businesses and organisations. Over half (54%) of these were 'for profit', 39% were 'not for profit' and 6% were government organisations.

These businesses and organisations generated $8,821 million in income during 2004-05 with 'not for profit' organisations generating over half this amount ($4,609 million). 'For profit' businesses generated $2,734 million.

The main sources of income for non-government businesses and organisations were sports membership and competition fees ($1,306 million), sponsorship and fundraising ($799 million), TAB distributions ($689 million) and casual playing fees ($446 million).

Other key findings were that

  • horse and dog racing entities generated income of $1,556 million
  • health and fitness centres and gyms generated income of $679 million
  • other sports and physical recreation venues, grounds and facilities generated income of $1,110 million
  • there were 111,519 people employed in sports and physical recreation services at the end of June 2005
  • government organisations employed 11,051 people and spent $1,458 million in relation to the provision of sports and physical recreation services.

The survey was last conducted in 2000–01 but differences in the surveys mean that caution needs to be taken when interpreting any changes, or in assessing industry performance or growth. The 2004–05 survey included non-employing businesses, the inclusion of which is estimated to have contributed an additional 13% to business counts and 3.3% to financial estimates. However, the impacts of funding for the 2000 Olympic Games on the 1999–2000 data, and funding for the 2006 Commonwealth Games on the 2004–05 data also need to be considered in making any comparisons over this period.