Engine (formerly ORC International) has been appointed by Sport Australia to collect data for AusPlay. The information below explains the best practice methodology used by Engine to collect AusPlay’s nationally representative data on sport and physical activity participation.
Research and sample design
All Australian residents are in scope of the survey.
For the landline sample a randomly selected person aged 15 years or over is selected for an AusPlay interview. For the mobile phone sample the respondent is the mobile phone owner. For either sample, a random child is selected for a child interview using the last birthday method if there are two or more children aged 0-14 in the household and if the respondent is a parent or guardian of those children.
The annual target sample size for AusPlay is 20,000 adults aged 15 years and over, and approximately 3,600 children aged 0-14, spread evenly across the year.
The AusPlay landline sample is stratified into 13 geographic strata based on states and territories, with further splits of the larger states into greater capital city statistical area and the rest of the state.
Under the AusPlay design from 22 October 2015 to 30 June 2019, 50% of the sample came from the landline sample and the other 50% from the mobile sample. As of 1 July 2019, 100% of the sample is from mobile.
AusPlay data is weighted quarterly using a complex weighting method. More information is provided below under Related Downloads, including details of changes made to AusPlay’s weighting from 1 July 2019.
- Overview of 2019-20 AusPlay Sample Design and Weighting Changes
- Technical Details of 2019-20 AusPlay Sample Design and Weighting Changes
- AusPlay Estimate Reliability Checker
- Sixth AusPlay methodology report – July 2020 to June 2021
- Fifth AusPlay methodology report – July 2019 to June 2020
- Fourth AusPlay methodology report - July 2018 to June 2019
- Third AusPlay methodology report - July 2017 to June 2018
- Second AusPlay methodology report - July 2016 to June 2017
- First AusPlay methodology report - October 2015 to September 2016
The starting point for the AusPlay questionnaire was the previous survey instruments used in the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) and the subsequent Australian
Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Multi Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation module. These were used as a reference point, and Sport Australia sought to retain similar questions in AusPlay where possible. However, the design of AusPlay was primarily guided by the
research objectives and the needs of Sport Australia and the sport sector; in order to maximise the utility of the AusPlay survey vehicle, and to ensure that it covered new and emerging issues in the field.
The downloadable fact sheets below provide details about how AusPlay differs to previous national participation surveys.
Data on these topics is captured through an adults and a children’s questionnaire. The adult questionnaire is for persons aged 15 and over; the children’s questionnaire applies to children aged 0-14. Child questionnaires are completed by the adult respondent if that person is a parent or guardian of a child aged 0-14 in the same household. If a household contains two or more children aged 0-14 then one child is randomly selected for the child interview using the last birthday method. The downloadable documents below show what questions are asked in AusPlay and the flow of question topics in the adults and children’s questionnaires.
- AusPlay questionnaire - current
- AusPlay questionnaire flow diagrams
- AusPlay key terms and definitions
- Questionnaire version 1 - October 2015 to June 2016
- Questionnaire version 2 - January 2017 to June 2019
- Questionnaire version 3 - July 2019 to June 2020
- AusPlay questionnaire - current
Data is collected for almost 400 different activities, which are self-nominated by survey respondents. These activities are collected as inputs and then collapsed into a smaller number of output activities for reporting purposes. To see the full list of input and output activities captured by AusPlay please download the document below. This list is reviewed and updated regularly.
The design of AusPlay allows for ad-hoc modules containing question topics not included in the core module to be added on a quarterly basis. This allows Sport Australia and the sport sector to cost-effectively leverage AusPlay for new sport and physical recreation data collection. Parties interested in self-funding an ad-hoc module should contact Insights via the email address below.