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The sport and recreation industry, from service deliverers to government decision-makers, need access to high quality information about the latest trends and issues in Australia's sport and active recreation industry so that it can support successful decision-making and set future directions.

The CASRO Research Group (CRG) is a sub-committee of the Committee of Australian Sport and Recreation Officials (CASRO). The CRG provides a coordinated and collaborative approach to national sport and recreation data collection and analysis.


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. This information should provide a basis for informed decision-making by industry and governments in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs.


The CRG consists of representatives from each of the following:

  • Department of Health
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • State and Territory Departments of Sport and Recreation

The CRG acknowledges the contribution that can be made to its operations by key representatives of industry groups, data collection agencies and eminent researchers. These groups or individuals will be consulted with and/or invited to meetings on an as needs basis.


  • Collaborate on areas of interest to avoid duplication of effort and ensure that research is not initiated in areas where other bodies are already active.
  • Advise governments and industry on the availability and use of data for advocacy purposes, policy development, and program implementation and review.
  • Encourage co-ordination and collaboration of research work related to sport and recreation, through information sharing and partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Liaise with other CASRO sub-committees on research related matters to avoid duplication of effort and ensure CRG's activities are complimentary.


  • Provide advice and regular reports to CASRO on sport and recreation statistical and research matters.
  • Develop and manage a national research agenda.
  • Monitoring and evaluation activities for the National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (NSARPF).
  • Management of historical CASRO-owned research e.g. the Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS).
  • Management of CASRO's relationship with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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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.