4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2009  
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Contents >> Chapter 9 - Volunteers in sport >> Labour force status

LABOUR FORCE STATUS

Labour force status may be related to the likelihood of volunteering in that one might expect that employment in paid work may limit the time available for voluntary work. However, the GSS data does not support this.

The volunteer rate for total sport organisations for employed people (14%) was more than double the rate for the unemployed (5.7%) and those not in the labour force (5.6%). People employed full-time had a volunteer rate in these organisations of 15% which was slightly higher than the rate of those employed part-time (13%).

Of the population aged 18 years and over, 23% (2.3 million) of employed people volunteered for other organisations only compared with 14% (1.4 million) who volunteered for total sport organisations.

The total sport volunteer rate for males employed full-time (17%) was greater than the rate for males employed part-time (11%). Conversely, females employed full-time had a total sport volunteer rate of 10% compared with 14% by those employed part-time.

9.4 Sport and physical recreation and other volunteers, By labour force status - 2006

Sport & physical recreation organisation(s) only
Sport & physical recreation and other organisations(s)
Total sport & physical recreation organisation(s)
Other organisations only
Total volunteers

Volunteers ('000)

Male
Employed
572.2
318.1
890.3
1 015.4
1 905.7
Employed full-time
515.8
289.3
805.1
827.9
1 633.0
Employed part-time
56.4
*28.8
85.2
187.5
272.7
Unemployed
**10.9
**4.6
*15.4
30.2
45.6
Not in the labour force
89.9
*44.2
134.1
319.8
453.9
Total
672.9
366.9
1 039.9
1 365.3
2 405.2
Female
Employed
237.1
289.5
526.7
1 240.4
1 767.1
Employed full-time
133.7
109.9
243.6
543.0
786.6
Employed part-time
103.4
179.6
283.1
697.4
980.5
Unemployed
**7.4
**4.2
*11.6
67.4
79.0
Not in the labour force
50.3
84.4
134.7
840.6
975.3
Total
294.8
378.1
672.9
2 148.4
2 821.3
Persons
Employed
809.4
607.6
1 417.0
2 255.8
3 672.8
Employed full-time
649.5
399.2
1 048.7
1 370.9
2 419.6
Employed part-time
159.8
208.5
368.3
884.9
1 253.2
Unemployed
*18.2
*8.8
27.0
97.6
124.6
Not in the labour force
140.1
128.7
268.8
1 160.3
1 429.1
Total
967.7
745.1
1 712.8
3 513.7
5 226.5

Volunteer rate (%)

Male
Employed
10.3
5.7
16.1
18.3
34.4
Employed full-time
10.8
6.1
16.9
17.4
34.3
Employed part-time
7.2
*3.7
10.9
24.1
35.0
Unemployed
**4.4
**1.9
*6.2
12.2
18.5
Not in the labour force
5.1
*2.5
7.6
18.1
25.7
Total
8.9
4.9
13.8
18.1
31.8
Female
Employed
5.3
6.5
11.7
27.7
39.4
Employed full-time
5.6
4.6
10.1
22.6
32.8
Employed part-time
5.0
8.6
13.6
33.5
47.0
Unemployed
**3.3
**1.9
*5.1
29.9
35.0
Not in the labour force
1.7
2.8
4.4
27.6
32.0
Total
3.8
4.9
8.7
27.7
36.4
Persons
Employed
8.1
6.1
14.1
22.5
36.6
Employed full-time
9.1
5.6
14.6
19.1
33.8
Employed part-time
5.6
7.3
12.9
30.9
43.8
Unemployed
*3.9
*1.9
5.7
20.7
26.4
Not in the labour force
2.9
2.7
5.6
24.1
29.7
Total
6.3
4.9
11.2
23.0
34.1

* 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
Source: Volunteers in Sport, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4440.0.55.001).








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