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AusPlay Focus: Children’s participation in organised physical activity outside of school hours

30 Apr 2018
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Information is not collected on children’s school activities or casual play outside of school as many parents are not able to provide this information accurately. It is also important to appreciate that AusPlay data is collected throughout the year and relates to participation over the preceding 12 months. While this approach assists in removing seasonality from the participation data, it means that:

  • Participation reported over 2016 may relate to activities undertaken in 2015, and
  • Participation reported over 2017 may relate to activities undertaken in 2016.

Consequently, the annual AusPlay participation statistics can be viewed as 2-year rolling averages. Aggregating the AusPlay data over the 2017 and 2016 calendar years in this way ensures there is adequate sample to conduct meaningful and robust comparisons of child participation rates across various population groups of interest.

  • In 2016, 3,824 parents/guardians who participated in AusPlay provided information about their child’s participation in organised physical activities outside school hours over the preceding 12 months.
  • In 2017, 3,209 parents/guardians who participated in AusPlay provided information about their child’s participation in organised physical activities outside school hours over the preceding 12 months.
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2018
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