There were 75,155 people whose main job was in a sport and physical recreation occupation at the time of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. This was 23% higher than the corresponding figure from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.
On average, people in sport and physical recreation occupations were more likely to be working part-time and more likely to have a lower income than people in the general working population.
At the end of June 2005 there were 111,519 people working for organisations mainly engaged in providing sport and physical recreation services. Of these people, 46,552 were working for not-for-profit organisations and 11,051 for government organisations. The remainder were working for businesses aiming to make a profit.
The average weekly total cash earnings of people employed in sport and physical recreation industries in May 2010 was $559.20. This was 55% of the average total cash earnings for people employed in all industries ($1,010.30).