4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2006  
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The 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey collected detailed information about the expenditure and income of households resident in private dwellings throughout Australia. The results of this survey were released in August 2005. From these results, NCCRS has subsequently extracted data relating specifically to expenditure on sports and physical recreation products and presented the data in a brief report.

Some of the main findings of the report are as follows:

  • The average expenditure by Australian households on all products during 2003-04 was $886.63 per week. Of this amount, $15.70 (1.8%) was spent on sports and physical recreation products.
  • Households outside the capital cities spent a higher percentage of their weekly income on sports and physical recreation (1.6%) than did capital-city households (1.3%).
  • Sports and physical recreation expenditure in South Australia fell behind that in other states and territories - $9.63 per week compared to $15.70 for Australia as a whole.
  • At constant prices, weekly expenditure on Health and fitness studio charges had increased since the 1998-99 survey, while expenditure on Sports facility hire charges had declined.
  • Both constant price expenditure, and the percentage of households incurring expenditure, had declined since the 1998-99 survey for Spectator admission fees to sport.

A copy of the report Household Expenditure on Sports and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2003-04 may be obtained from Colin Speechley on (08) 8237 7363 or by emailing <nccrs@abs.gov.au>.