National Results


National results

Four girls resting on the edge of a pool
AusPlay provides national data on the number of people participating in sport and physical activity and how they participate. National data (including historical data) can be downloaded below.

On 30 April 2018 the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) released the latest AusPlay results covering data collected in the last calendar year (January to December 2017).

This release includes:

  • New data tables (downloadable below); 
  • A year-on-year comparison of selected measures across the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. These can be viewed by downloading the new national data tables; and
  • A report focusing on children’s organised out-of-school participation in which the key findings were:

Factors impacting on child participation
in organised physical activity
 Increase*     Decrease*
in odds of child participation in organised physical activity**






participates in
physical activity
1 or 2
3 or more

* Relative to children with no siblings, living in metro areas prior to 2017, with non-LOTE middle-income parents who do not participate in physical activity.
** Child participating in 1 or more organised physical activities outside school hours over the past 12 months.
5 Binomial logistic regression of the 2016 and 2017 AusPlay data was used to identify factors that have a statistically significant independent impact on the probability that a child will participate in at least one organised physical activity outside school.
Related Downloads - January 2017 to December 2017 data

July 2016 to June 2017 data
January 2016 to December 2016 data
October 2015 to September 2016 data

A more detailed report of AusPlay findings from October 2015 to September 2016 data is available upon request. Please contact

Future releases and time series comparisons 

The ASC released the first results from AusPlay on 8 December 2016 for data collected from October 2015 to September 2016. This release filled a major data gap for the sport sector, which had been without national participation estimates since 2014 when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) ceased all sport and recreation data collection.

From the second release onwards the ASC will follow a regular cycle of annual and financial year reporting. The ASC has committed to fund AusPlay until at least June 2018 and report data every six months:

2. Results released on 26 April 2017 for data collected January 2016 – December 2016
3. Results released on 16 November 2017 for data collected July 2016 – June 2017
4. Results released on 30 April 2018 for data collected January 2017 – December 2017
5. Results to be released in October 2018 for data collected July 2017 – June 2018

The first three releases have overlapping data and therefore time series comparisons cannot be made. Time series comparisons are possible from release 4 onwards by using two discrete data collection periods e.g. the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.

A tool to test whether the difference between estimates is statistically significant is available for download below. If you have any questions about the tool or would like assistance with it please send an email to

Related Downloads  


Comparability of results with previous national surveys

It is the nature of surveying that if several surveys examine one topic, results from one survey can differ from those of the others. This is particularly likely where there are differences in interviewee selection, sample design, sample size, questionnaire design and how the survey is conducted.

AusPlay is different to previous national surveys in each of these aspects and any comparison of survey data should take these methodological differences into account. Although AusPlay includes some similar questions to the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys (e.g. In the last 12 months did you participate in any physical activities for sport, for exercise or for recreation?), the methodology is different and it should therefore be treated as a new time series.

What next?

The ASC is working closely with its stakeholders to make the most of the AusPlay results for the benefit of the sport sector and all Australians. AusPlay results are updated every six months with the next release due around October 2018.

State/territory results
State/territory results
State/territory data on the number of people participating in sport and physical activity.
State/territory results
Results by sport
Results by sport
Sport specific data on the number of people participating.

Results by sport

Frequently asked questions 

Question Mark  Frequently asked questions (FAQs)