Sport Participation in Australia

Sport Participation in Australia    
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Graeme Murphy, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast (February 2018)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 21 January 2019
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There is now compelling evidence that increased levels of physical activity can bring wide-ranging health benefits that impact upon the population. These benefits can extend beyond physical health to include other benefits, such as mental health, personal wellbeing, and social cohesion. Sport can make an important contribution to the amount of regular physical activity an individual engages in.

Key Messages 


The latest AusPlay data for the period July 2016 to June 2017 shows that 58% of adults and 69% of children participated in sport-related activities.


Football remains the most popular club-based sport in Australia for adults and children combined; although netball is more popular for girls (0-14).


Regular community-based sport participation in Australia generates an estimated AUD$18.7B value p.a. in social capital.

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