Introduction to special issue on being outdoors: challenging and celebrating diverse outdoor leisure embodiments and experiences

This special issue seeks to generate conversation about how to open up possibilities for how outdoor experiences and subjects are understood and undertaken. Outdoor experiences have largely been made exclusive through discourses that articulate narrow participatory borderlines and definitions. The authors hope through reading the...

Royal Life Saving national drowning report 2021

This report highlights research and analysis of fatal and non-fatal drowning across Australia between 1st July 2020 and 30th June 2021.

The national Affective Abilities survey

This report presents the results of a national survey on the 'Affective Abilities', previously known as soft skills, of outdoor leaders across the Australian outdoor sector: outdoor recreations, outdoor education, adventure tourism and adventure therapy.

Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.5

Each family has had their own unique experience of the COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. This report looks at how COVID-19 affected our recreational and ‘spare time’ activities.

Community facilities energy audit

This project is designed to build resilience within the community and ensure the ongoing survival of local clubs and committees. Through identifying the community facilities to audit and make more sustainable, this will lead to improved community awareness of better environmental design and practice. The...

Independent assessment of the 2018–19 fish deaths in the lower Darling

An Independent Panel was appointed by the Australian Government to determine the cause of the fish deaths in the lower Darling River and what actions can be taken to manage future events. The final report documents the panel’s findings and 27 recommendations.
Conference paper

Towards heat resilience in the built environment: case studies in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

Thermally uncomfortable outdoor environments can significantly affect liveability of cities. Australia is likely to experience between 0.6 °C and 3.8 °C increase in temperature by the end of the 21st century. In warmer climates, increased demand for indoor air-conditioning results in higher energy demand and...
Conference paper

Harness the ‘love’ – using social connections to re-frame how we manage urban nature reserves

Australian cities are increasingly important for the conservation of threatened species and their habitat, supporting more species per unit area than non-urban regions. Canberra is a case in point with its existing suburbs and greenfield developments occurring alongside nationally threatened ecological communities and species in...
Conference paper

Walking for recreation: an innovative method for creating a GIS-based walkability surface on the Gold Coast, Australia

Encouraging greater levels of physical activity is a key policy focus in many urban areas, given the link between this and improved physical and mental health outcomes. The majority of previous studies on walkability however, have focussed on walking for transport; and generally consisted of...

Policy: Outdoor recreation and access

Australia is fortunate to have vast areas of public land and public waters that are suitable for recreational use. Recreational access to these areas is too often denied by governments in the belief that the environment and biodiversity will be degraded unless locked up. We...

The value of sport: main report

This report presents the findings of research commissioned by Sport NZ, and undertaken by Angus and Associates over three stages, to understand the value of sport and active recreation in New Zealand.

Royal Life Saving national drowning report 2017

This report examines the factors that contribute to drowning deaths in Australia by examining who, where, when and how people have drowned in Australian waterways over the last year.

The South Australian bike economy

This report argues that South Australia's cycling assets could be leveraged to grow the SA bike economy - connecting state priorities in tourism to regional development and health. It argues the bike economy could be a ‘smart specialisation’ for the state.

Boating and watercraft drowning deaths: a 10 year analysis

This report shows that 473 people drowned in Australian waterways whilst participating in boating and watercraft activity over the past 10 years.

Local government service delivery: recreational facilities

Assesses whether councils effectively identify community needs for recreational facilities and services and whether council planning decisions for aquatic recreation centres are soundly based. Summary This audit assessed whether councils effectively identify community needs for recreational facilities and services, whether council planning decisions for aquatic...

Sport & climate impacts: how much heat can sport handle?

This report argues that climate change and extreme weather events threaten the viability of much of Australian sport as it’s currently played, either in the back yard, at local grounds, or in professional tournaments. Executive summary Climate change and extreme weather events threaten the viability...

Managing the NSW Marine Estate: Purpose, Underpinning Principles and Priority Setting

Almost six million people live within 50 kilometres of the NSW coastline. They and the rest of the NSW community plus the millions of domestic and international visitors enjoy the significant natural assets of the Marine Estate and generate billions of dollars each year for...

Equine Industry Scoping Report

The Far South Coast region of NSW, covering the Local Government Areas of Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley, hosts a large number of enterprises and activities associated with the professional and recreational equine sectors. The region is home to a growing range of equine therapists...

Race against time - How Australians spend their time

Balancing work and family remains a big issue for Australian men and women, with around 40% of women and 30% of men feeling often or always rushed or pressed for time, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report. But when it comes to...

Pacific participation in Aotearoa/Niu Sila Netball: body image, family, church, culture, education and physical education

This thesis explores the netball experiences of a selection of people residing in Aotearoa/Niu Sila who have participated or continued to participate in netball. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, it sheds a light on the broader socio-cultural and political factors that have influenced and shaped Pacific...

Culture and recreation news, Oct 2011

Highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage and sports and recreation statistics and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field. This compendium was created by the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics, a unit...

Valuing local recreation in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

This paper aims to identify local recreational use values for recreation in and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park using the travel cost methodology, focusing on beach, island, and fishing, boating and sailing trips. Of the 1051 responses to the survey, drawn randomly...

Perspectives on culture, March 2011

Culture and the arts can have a significant impact on Australian society, and are acknowledged as a means of bringing people together, supporting quality of life and enhancing community networks as well as generating economic outcomes through employment opportunities, business and government funding. The National...

Time use on recreation and leisure activities, 2006

This publication presents summary data on how people choose to spend their time, with a focus on activities conducted during free time, that is, the time allocated to social and community interaction and recreation and leisure activities.

Culture and recreation news, Mar 2010

Culture and Recreation News is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). The newsletter highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage and sports and recreation statistics and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with...