4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010  
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INDIGENOUS ADULTS' PARTICIPATION IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted throughout Australia, including remote areas, from August 2008 to April 2009. It collected information about Indigenous adults' (persons aged 15 years and over) participation in sport and physical activities during the 12 months prior to interview.

Nearly one third (30% or 99,000) of Indigenous adults reported that they had participated in sport or physical activities. Indigenous men had higher participation (38% or 59,000) in sport and physical activities than Indigenous women (23% or 40,000). The participation rate of Indigenous adults taking part in sport and physical recreation decreased with age for both men and women. Indigenous men aged between 15-24 years had a participation rate of 53%, which decreased to 18% for men aged 45 years and over. Of all Indigenous women aged 15-24 years, 36% took part in sport and physical activities, while this participation rate decreased to 11% for women aged 45 years and over.

3.3 Indigenous adult participation in sport and physical activity (a) - By age and sex - 2008

Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
'000
'000
'000
%
%
%

15-24 years
27.5
18.6
46.1
52.8
35.9
44.4
25-34 years
13.7
8.0
21.7
41.3
21.8
31.1
35-44 years
10.1
8.1
18.3
34.4
23.6
28.6
45 years and over
7.4
5.1
12.5
18.0
10.6
14.0
Total
58.8
39.8
98.6
37.7
23.3
30.1

(a) Relates to persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport or physical activities during the 12 months prior to interview.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)






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