All sport and physical activity:
NSW had the seventh highest participation rates (81.4%) behind ACT (87.4%), WA (85.0%), NT (83.0%), Victoria (82.6%), SA (81.7%) and Tasmania (81.5%). Queensland had the lowest rate at 80.6%. The average for Australia was 82.0%.
The most popular sports/physical activities in NSW in 2009 were:
Participation rates tend to decrease with age:
Participation rates are slightly higher for males than females – 83.2% for all males aged 15 and over compared to 79.6% females.
Although 81.4% of the NSW population aged 15 years and over participated at least once in 2009, about half the population (46.3%) participated the recommended three times a week to achieve a health-enhancing benefit.
Females (49.2%) had higher participation rates in sport or physical activity three or more times a week than males (43.3%).
NSW (39.5%) was sixth out of all States and Territories behind NT (44.3%), ACT (42.0%), Victoria (40.9%), Tasmania (39.9%) and WA (39.6%) and ahead of SA (39.1%) and Queensland (38.9%).
Footnotes: (a) "organised' sports and physical activities are those organised by a club, association or other type of organisation.