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Sport Participation in Australia

Sport participation, as players, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and volunteers, at all levels and abilities makes an important contribution to individual and community health and wellbeing, including the amount of regular physical activity (PA) undertaken by Australians.

There is now compelling evidence that increased levels of PA can bring wide-ranging health benefits for individuals and communities. These benefits can extend beyond physical health to include mental health and personal well-being. At a population level these benefits include lowering health care costs and contributing to stronger and more cohesive communities.

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Sport Participation

In 2020-21 88.8% of adults [over 15 years] participated in sport/PA, 55% of women and 70.5% of men participated in sport-related activities. Of the 70.8% of children who participated in organised after-school activities 67.3% participated in sport-related activities.

Social capital

Regular community-based sport participation in Australia generates an estimated AUD$18.7B value per annum in social capital—that is, enhancing social productivity for a common good.

National Plan

The Australian Government's National Sport Plan, Sport 2030, recognises the personal, social and economic benefits of sport and aims to make Australia the world’s most active, healthy sporting nation.

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Evaluated by: Graeme Murphy, Lecturer, University of Sunshine Coast [March 2021]
Reviewed by: Australasian Sport Information Network
Last updated: 11 May 2021
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