The purpose of this chapter is to present information about the levels of financial support provided to sports and physical recreation by both the government and the business sectors.
Information about the level of funding provided during 2000-01 by Commonwealth, state and territory governments was obtained from annual reports and budget papers, and by direct contact with the relevant agencies. Estimates of local government funding were obtained from a survey which the ABS conducted in respect of the same year.
Information about support by the business sector was obtained from the 2000-01 Business Generosity Survey for the category Sports and recreation. Besides sports and physical recreation, this category also includes social, leisure and hobby club activities. Businesses were asked to provide details of not only monetary support, but also the 'dollar equivalent values' of any goods and services which they provided.
In addition to the information obtained from providers of financial support to sports and physical recreation, there is also some information available which has been obtained from recipients. The 2000-01 Service Industries Survey included businesses mainly engaged in operating sports and physical recreation venues or providing sports and physical recreation services (Groups 32 and 33 of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) Industry Classification - see Chapter 10 for further details). They were asked how much of their income came from government funding, and how much from sponsorship and other support from the business sector.