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AusPlay results

AusPlay provides national, state and territory data on almost 400 different participation sports and activities in Australia and who is participating in them.

Data collection for AusPlay has been continuous since the survey commenced on 22 October 2015.

On 29 April 2022 Sport Australia released:

  • New national, state/territory and sport data tables for the 2021 calendar year.
  • A year-on-year comparison of selected measures across the six calendar years from 2016 to 2021. These can be found in the national data tables.
  • Updated data visualisations. These visualisations are based on AusPlay’s 120,000+ cumulative sample to date (October 2015 to December 2021), and include over 50 individual sport and physical activity reports.

Results can be downloaded below.

AusPlay Focus: How Australians’ participation in sport and physical activity is adapting to COVID-normal

Sport Australia is continuing to use its two national surveys – AusPlay and the Community Perceptions Monitor – to understand how COVID-19 has impacted participation in sport and physical activity and how Australians are adapting to COVID-normal.

This is the third report to focus on COVID-19 and includes AusPlay data collected during the whole of 2021.

The report provides comparisons between 2019 and 2021 for many measures and identifies which sports and activities have continued to increase since our June 2021 update and which have levelled off. The AusPlay data is again supplemented by insights from our Community Perceptions Monitor about returning to sport and the level of concern about doing so while COVID-19 is with us.

A one-page summary of the key findings accompanies the report and the existing data visualisation has been updated with the latest data.

Previous releases

Ongoing impact of COVID-19 on sport and physical activity participation - June 2021
Early impact of COVID-19 on sport and physical activity participation - October 2020

AusPlay Focus: Community Participation in Commonwealth Games sports

To celebrate the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham UK, the Australian Sports Commission has used AusPlay to provide a snapshot of community participation in the sports that are featuring in the Games. It takes a look at the most popular sports among different groups of Australians and highlights where participation has changed since the Gold Coast hosted the last Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Latest release

Results from the most recent 12 months of AusPlay data.

Data visualisations

State and territory participation

Participant behaviour across states and territories.

State and territory participation

Participation by age

The way in which Australians choose to be active as they move through each life stage.

Participation data by age

Participation story of life stages


The health of Australians and how they compare against the health guideline criteria.

Australian health

Comparison against the Australian health guidelines

Past and future releases

Additional AusPlay data

Further information

Any questions or requests for further information about AusPlay can be directed to the Insights team at Sport Australia.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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