In Australia, women are under-represented in organised sport—as participants, coaches, officials, administrators, and board members—when compared to their male cohort. 1
A variety of strategies exist to help equalise opportunities for girls and women, however, concerns continue on how gender bias may prevent them from receiving the full benefits sport and physical activity (PA) can offer.
PARTICIPATION - 2022
- Australian Capital Territory - 38%
- New South Wales - 31%
- Northern Territory - 30%
- Queensland - 33%
- South Australia - 30%
- Tasmania - 34%
- Victoria - 33%
- Western Australia - 32%
- AusPlay National Sport and Physical Activity Participation Report, Australian Sports Commission, (November 2022)
- National, state and territory population: December 2022, Australian Bureau of Statistics (15 June 2023)
- AusPlay Data Portal: Sport-related participation – frequency of participation, Australian Sports Commission, (accessed 1 May 2023)
- AusPlay National data table - January to December 2022, Australian Sports Commission, (May 2023)
- AusPlay Data Portal: Participation by activity, Australian Sports Commission, (accessed 1 May 2023)
Research has identified factors that can motivate, facilitate, or provide barriers to women's participation in sport.
Women are generally under-represented in sport leadership, administration, coaching, officiating, and media.
Australian and international initiatives to support and encourage female participation and leadership in all aspects of sport.
Professor Clare Hanlon, Susan Alberti Women in Sport, Victoria University (June 2023)
Last updated: 28 June 2023
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