4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2008 (Edition 1)  
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Contents >> Chapter 11 - Products >> Chapter 11.2 - Manufacturing Industry Survey


For the 2000-01 and subsequent Manufacturing Industry Surveys, the business unit from which data is collected, and for which industry is classified, is the management unit. However, for earlier surveys, the relevant unit was the establishment. Although, for the majority of businesses, these units will be one and the same, larger businesses may consist of one management unit but several establishments. As a result of the change in collection methodology, the data for 2000-01 are not comparable with data from earlier surveys. However, the data from the earlier surveys are comparable with each other.

Sports apparel and sports footwear are examples of sports and physical recreation products which could not be included in the table from the Manufacturing Industry Survey (table 11.1) because they were part of a larger product category predominantly out of scope of the ACLC Product Classification. Conversely, tarpaulins and motor vehicle covers are examples of out-of-scope products which are included in the table because they are part of a product category which is predominantly in scope. In addition, the first product category in the table (Articles for funfair, etc.) is a mixture of sports and physical recreation products (e.g. snooker tables, bowling alley equipment) and other leisure products (e.g. pinball machines, tables for casino games). As a result of the preceding, it is not appropriate to sum the values for each product in table 11.1 to obtain an estimate of the total value of production of all sports and physical recreation products.

For 2000-01, the product category with the greatest value of production ($230.5m) was Boats for pleasure or sport (between 5 and 50 tonnes displacement). This was followed by Sporting equipment and accessories with production of $225.3m, and Small boats (under 5 tonnes displacement) with $175.3m.

The same three product categories were also major contributors to the value of sports and physical recreation products manufactured during earlier years. Although not comparable with 2000-01, the figures show that these categories also occupied the top three spots (in different orders) for both 1997-98 and 1998-99. For 1999-2000, they occupied positions two through four.

During the three years of directly comparable data, the value of production of Boats for pleasure or sport (between 5 and 50 tonnes displacement) increased from $164.5m to $174.3m and then to $246.1m. On the other hand, for Small boats (under 5 tonnes displacement), value of production increased from $115.2m to $160.9m before falling to $126.5m; while, for Sporting equipment and accessories, value of production decreased from $172.6m to $127.2m before rising to $214.0m.

11.1 SELECTED SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION PRODUCTS, Value of manufacturing production


Articles for funfair, table or parlour games (incl. articles and accessories for billiards, snooker or pool; pintables, special tables for casino games and bowling alley equipment)(b)
Boats (incl. rowing or sail), yachts, dinghies and other vessels, for pleasure or sport, over 5 and under 50 tonnes displacement (excl. inflatables)
Knitted sweatsuits, tracksuits, jogging suits, leisure suits and jumpsuits
Saddlery and harness, of any material
Small boats (incl. rowing or sail), yachts and canoes under 5 tonnes displacement (excl. inflatables)
Sporting equipment and accessories (incl. fishing gear and gloves specially designed for use in sport)
Swimwear (excl. infants')
Textile tarpaulins (incl. canvas), sails, tents, annexes, pneumatic mattresses and motor vehicle covers

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Note that the figures for 2000-01 are not comparable with those for earlier years because of changes to the data collection methodology.
(b) This category is a mixture of sport and physical recreation products (e.g. snooker tables, bowling alley equipment) and other leisure products (e.g. pinball machines, tables for casino games) and hence has also been included in the equivalent table for other leisure products in Chapter 12.
Source: ABS data available on request, Manufacturing Industry Survey.

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