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Sport, Fitness and Recreation

Overview

This page provides high level information and data on the Sport and Recreation Activities industry.

The Sport, Fitness and Recreation landscape is complex and comprises four main industry sectors:

  • Fitness
  • Aquatic and Community Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Sport.

For more information and data specific to Fitness, Aquatic and Community Recreation, Outdoor Recreation and Sport please visit the respective pages.

IRC and Skills Forecast

Industry cluster snapshot

Employment and training snapshot

The employment level in the Sport and Recreation Activities (excluding Horse and Dog Racing Activities) industry has increased considerably over the period between 2000 and 2017, with a further increase projected up until 2022.

There were approximately 121,000 enrolments in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package during 2016 and just under 37,000 completions.  There has been a considerable increase in subject-only enrolments, growing from approximately 22,000 in 2014 to over 93,000 in 2016.

Industry insights

The Sport and Recreation IRC Industry Skills Forecast highlights the key role that the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry can play in improving the health of Australians. Social media is identified as a key tool in engaging and building relationships with clients, customers and communities. Additionally, integrated sport and recreation facilities are seen as the future of the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry. Facilities would offer a diverse range of services to entice greater community participation such as health and fitness, beauty services and physiotherapy. This variety of services would require a multi-skilled workforce with staff that can work across different job functions.

The Environmental scan 2015: sport, fitness and recreation identifies several trends that are expected to have a major impact on the skills needs for the Sport, Fitness and Recreation workforce.

  • An ageing and increasingly inactive and unhealthy population makes exercise programs more important than ever for Australians of all ages. With the right skills the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry can play a significant role in preventative health – for example reducing rates of obesity.
  • Technology presents opportunities for greater interaction between sport and recreation organisations and communities. To take advantage of these opportunities, the sport, fitness and recreation workforce require the skills to incorporate technology into the services they offer.
  • Greater collaboration between the sectors within Sport, Fitness and Recreation, for example, exploring the potential to offer career pathways between sectors may reduce some of the transience in the workforce.

Links and resources

Data sources and notes

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Student and Courses by SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, state and territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 EQ06, viewed 1 September 2017 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003May%202017?OpenDocument>

  • Employed total, between 2000 and 2017, May Quarter, by ANZSIC 3 digit industries:
    • 910 Sports and Recreation Activities, (not further defined)
    • 911 Sports and Physical Recreation Activities
    • 913 Amusement and Other Recreation Activities.

Department of Employment, 2017, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal

  • employment projections to May 2022, by ANZSIC 3 digit industries:
    • 910 Sports and Recreation Activities, nfd
    • 911 Sports and Physical Recreation Activities
    • 913 Amusement and Other Recreation Activities.
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