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4901.0.55.001 - Children's Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, 2003 - 2012 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2012   
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INTRODUCTION

Over one-third (34%) of children did not participate in any organised sport or dancing in 2012.

5.1 Children who did not participate in organised sport and/or dancing(a), Selected characteristics - 2012

Number ('000)
Non-Participation Rate (%)

Country of birth
Born in Australia
814.1
32.5
Born in main English-speaking country(b)
40.4
30.9
Born in non-main English-speaking country(c)
82.6
55.7
Total born overseas
123.0
44.1
Area of usual residence
State Capital Cities
570.2
32.9
Rest of Australia
367.0
34.9
Family type
One-parent families
282.8
45.7
Couple families
654.3
30.2
Country of birth of parents
One-parent families
Parent born in Australia
217.7
44.6
Parent born in main English-speaking country(b)
21.8
47.1
Parent born in non-main English-speaking country(c)
43.3
51.5
Couple families
Both parents born in Australia
325.3
24.8
Both parents born in main English-speaking countries(b)
30.0
26.3
Both parents born in non-main English-speaking countries(c)
179.6
55.0
Other(d)
119.5
28.9
Employment status of parents
One-parent families
Parent employed
125.1
35.0
Parent not employed
157.7
60.5
Couple families
Both parents employed
316.8
23.0
One parent employed
252.3
38.2
Neither parent employed
85.2
66.3
Total non-participants
937.1
33.6

(a) Children aged 5-14 years who did not participate in organised sport and/or dancing outside of school hours during the 12 months prior to interview in April of the survey year.
(b) Includes Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America.
(c) 'Non-main English-speaking country/countries' is termed 'other country/countries' in Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities (cat. no. 4901.0).
(d) Includes could not be determined.
Source: ABS data available on request, Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, April 2012.






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