Results by Sport

 

Results by sport

Football
AusPlay provides data on the most popular participation sports and activities in Australia and who is participating in them.

AusPlay results from the last financial year (July 2017 to June 2018) found that for sport played in sport clubs, football continues to be the top sport among adults and children combined.

 

 

Club sport (Adults and Children combined)
Top activities
Population estimatePer cent of populationPer cent of club sport population
Football  1,094,1374.4% 17.0% 
Australian football
711,1082.8%11.0%
Golf671,6962.7%10.4%
Netball632,4722.5%9.8%
Tennis608,5972.4%9.4%
Basketball560,3102.2%8.7%
Cricket
534,2052.1%8.7%
Swimming320,6871.3%8.3%
Touch football  295,8101.2%4.6%
Athletics, track and field (includes running/jogging)
274,1371.1%4.2%
 

More detailed data by sport is available for download below. The 31 October 2018 release of AusPlay results covers data collected in the last financial year (July 2017 to June 2018).

This release includes:


TOP 10 ACTIVITIES FOR WOMEN*
TOP 10 ACTIVITIES FOR MEN*
Walking (recreational)
67%
Walking (recreational)
54%
Fitness/Gym
31%
Fitness/Gym
22%
Swimming
14%
Cycling
14%
Yoga
6%
Golf
14%
Cycling
6%
Swimming
12%
Pilates
5%
Running (incl. athletics)
6%
Bush Walking
4%
Bush Walking
6%
Golf
4%
Fishing (recreational)
5%
Tennis
4%
Bowls
4%
Running (incl. athletics)
3%
Tennis
4%
*At least once per year



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



Future releases and time series comparisons 

Sport Australia 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 Sport Australia will follow a regular cycle of calendar and financial year reporting. Sport Australia has committed to 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 released on 31 October 2018 for data collected July 2017 – June 2018
6. Results to be released in April 2019 for data collected January 2018 – December 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 ausplay@sportaus.gov.au

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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?

Sport Australia 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 in April 2019.

National results
National results
National data on the number of people participating in sport and physical activity.
National results
State/territory results
State/territory results
State/territory data on the number of people participating in sport and physical activity.
State/territory results

Frequently asked questions 

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