The results of the 2010 General Social Survey (GSS) provide information about various aspects of volunteering and how these may relate to each other. This report provides a detailed analysis of the characteristics of volunteers in sport and physical recreation.
The 2010 GSS found that 6.1 million Australians aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work, with sport and physical recreation organisations attracting the largest number of volunteers (2.3 million or 14% of the adult population). Males were more likely to volunteer for all sport and physical recreation organisations (55% or 1.2 million) than females (45% or 1.0 million).
Persons who were part of couple families with children aged under 15 years were more likely to volunteer for sport and physical recreation organisations than persons who were part of all other family types, with a volunteer rate of 23% compared with 6.5% to14.4%.
Those born in Australia were also more likely to be sport and physical recreation volunteers with 16% (1.9 million) volunteering, compared with 7% (347,000) for people born outside Australia.
Volunteers for sport and physical recreation organisations also had higher rates of actual participation in physical activities for exercise or recreation (90%) and physical activities for sport (74%) compared with volunteers for other organisations only (80% and 30% respectively). They were also more likely to have attended a sporting event than volunteers for other organisations only (90% compared with 60%).