Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statisical Overview (cat. no. 4156.0) is a one stop shop for data related to the sport section. To ensure data included is as current as possible, a new approach to updating the compendium has been undertaken. The rolling release process allows the compendium to be updated more frequently as new data becomes available. A PDF released at the end of each year will include the updates made during the preceding 12 months.
The most recent update was in July 2011 and included data from the 2009 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. Additional data and information about people's use of sport and physical recreation facilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander household access to community facilities was also included.
Data from the 2009 ABS Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers (cat. no. 4430.0) showed that 24% of people with a disability participated in sport, comparable with findings from the 2003 survey, where participation by men with moderate core activity limitations decreased (25% in 2003 to 22% in 2009) as did that of women with mild core activity limitations (25% to 20%). In terms of attendance at sporting events, 24% of people with a disability aged 18 years and over attended at least one sporting event in the 12 months prior to being surveyed. From 2003 to 2009, noticeable decreases in attendance were seen by people with severe core activity limitations (25% to 19%) and by those with a schooling or employment restriction (31% to 27%). The only increase in attendance was by women with profound core activity limitations (5% to 9%).
According to the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (cat. no. 4714.0), a high proportion of households had access to sporting facilities. This proportion was lower for those in remote or very remote areas in terms of access to a swimming pool (78% compared with 64% of those in remote or very remote areas) and to an indoor sport centre for games (74% compared with 59%). Access to a community hall or centre was higher for households located in inner and outer regional areas (89%).
Further information about the compendium and additional data are available on the ABS website either by clicking on the link above or by going to the Sport and Physical Recreation Topics @ a Glance page.