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Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey

The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) was a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation, conducted on an annual basis between 2001 and 2010.

The ERASS collected information on the frequency, duration, nature and type of activities participated in by persons aged 15 years and over for exercise, recreation or sport during the 12 months prior to interview. Participation means active ‘playing’ participation, and does not include coaching, refereeing, being a spectator or activities related to work, household chores or gardening duties.

The ERASS annual report publications present information regarding the:

  • frequency of participation in organised and non-organised physical activity for exercise, recreation and sport;
  • duration of participation in organised and non-organised physical activity for exercise, recreation and sport;
  • type of participation in physical activity for exercise, recreation and sport; and
  • trends in participation over time.

Please note that the ERASS ceased at the end of 2010. Ongoing adult national sport and recreation statistics is being collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation data for 2013-14 can be accessed on the ABS website.

ERASS Annual Reports

ERASS Methodology Report

ERASS Children's Report

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Quick numbers

11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.