State and Territory Results


State/territory results

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AusPlay provides national data on the number of people participating in sport and physical activity and how they participate. State/territory data (including historical data) can be downloaded below.

On 30 April 2020 Sport Australia released the latest AusPlay state/territory results covering data collected in the 2019 calendar year.

This release includes:

  • New data tables (downloadable below);
  • Updated data visualisations that utilise AusPlay’s 85,000+ cumulative sample since the survey commenced in October 2015. 

 Focus on Participation by Age

July 2018 to June 2019 data
January 2018 to December 2018 data
July 2017 to June 2018 data
January 2017 to December 2017 data
July 2016 to June 2017 data
January 2016 to December 2016 data
October 2015 to September 2016 data

Historical publications

Sport Australia released a number of AusPlay publications between 2016 and 2018.

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 released on 30 April 2019 for data collected January 2018 – December 2018
7. Results released on 31 October 2019 for data collected July 2018 – June 2019 
8. Results released on 30 April 2020 (and re-issued 24 June 2020) for data collected January 2019 – December 2019
9. Results to be released in late October 2020 for data collected July 2019 – June 2020 

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. However, users of AusPlay data should also be aware of some methodological changes made to the survey in 2019 that may impact time series comparisons. Any comparison of results within AusPlay that cross the 1 July 2019 data collection point should take these methodological changes into account. More information about the changes is provided on the AusPlay methodology page.

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

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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.

Please note that the impact of the coronavirus on participation rates will not be seen until future releases. AusPlay has continued during the pandemic and with additional questions to better understand how participation behaviours have changed.

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

Results by sport

Frequently asked questions 

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