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CASRO Research Group

The CASRO Research Group (CRG) is a sub-committee of the Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO), consisting of representatives from each of the following:

The CRG's role is to improve the range and quality of information about sport and recreation including data and research on physical activity trends, sport and recreation participation, economic impacts and social benefits.


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, 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. The ERASS ceased operation following the release of its 2010 Annual Report.

ABS/CASRO Partnership

From 2011-14 CASRO partnered with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to collect data on sport participation among persons aged 15 years and over, through the biennial adult physical activity survey, a module of the ABS’ Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS).  Data for the 2013-14 MPHS was released by the ABS in February 2015.

Published CRG Research

Previous research published by CASRO and the ABS can be accessed at Publications and Reports.

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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.
650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.