Sport Participation in Australia

Sport Participation in Australia

Prepared by : Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Evaluation by : Graeme Murphy, Lecturer, University of Sunshine Coast (March 2019)
Reviewed by network : Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN), March 2019
Last updated : 23 August 2019
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Sport Participation in Australia
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Sport participation at all levels and abilities makes an important contribution to 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 reducing the cost of the public health burden on governments and contributing to stronger and more cohesive communities.

Key messages

    Children's participation (0-14)

    AusPlay data shows that 59.1% of Australian children regularly participate (at least 1x week) in organised physical activity outside of school hours. 73.3% of participants do sport-related activities.

    Adult participation (15+)

    AusPlay data shows that over 82% of Australian adults regularly participate (at least 1x week) in physical activity. 58.3% of participants do sport-related activities.

    Social capital

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

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