This page contains questions received by Sport Australia following the release of first results from its AusPlay survey (AusPlay) on 8 December 2016.
Data collection for AusPlay is continuous. Approximately 400 telephone interviews are conducted every week, all year long.
Yes. All state/territory departments of sport and recreation have been advised that they can add questions to AusPlay at their own cost from July 2017.
Yes. All state/territory departments of sport and recreation have been advised that they can boost sample in AusPlay at their own cost from July 2017. The sample size required is dependent on how the data intends to be used and the budget available for boosting the sample.
Yes. Sport Australia has released online reports for over 50 individual sports and physical activities. These reports use the aggregated sample from AusPlay to generate participation estimates and are updated every six months when new data is released. New sports are added on a regular basis once they’ve accumulated sufficient cumulative sample.
Each six months a new dataset is generated using the most recent sample of 20,000 adults (aged 15 years and over) and approximately 3,600 children (aged 0-14).
State/territory data was published on the Clearinghouse for Sport in late January 2017. Please note that the answer to 'Results' Question 4 about sampling variability also applies to state/territory data.
Frequency of participation by activity will be released in 2017. When it becomes available the data for activities with a low sample size will need to be used with caution (see answer to 'Results' Question 4).
- Sports club or association
- Recreation club or association
- Gym/fitness club/sports/leisure centre
- Private studio
- Individual personal trainer or coach
- Education institution
Sport Australia asked its consultant for AusPlay, Engine (formally ORC International), to conduct a feasibility study into whether AusPlay could be used to generate reliable participation estimates at local government area (LGA) level across a 12-month period. Engine advised that this isn't possible and is primarily due to the sampling approach for AusPlay, which was designed to generate reliable national and state/territory estimates.
However, given the strong demand from local governments for participation data, Sport Australia has been able to use the aggregated sample from AusPlay to generate high-level participation estimates for some LGAs within its online state/territory participation reporting. This reporting is updated every six months, which improves the reliability of existing data and also allows for new LGAs to be added once they’ve accumulated sufficient cumulative sample.
The six-monthly updates of AusPlay data will be published on the Clearinghouse for Sport. Please go to the AusPlay page, scroll down and complete the 'Subscribe to AusPlay updates' form to be notified via email when new data or reports have been released by Sport Australia.