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Australians take sport seriously, and many are passionate supporters of sporting teams. But how often do they engage in physical activity themselves? This FACT indicates the participation rates in sport and recreation in each state and territory, for people aged 15 years and older 2011-2012. This FACT also appears in the Sport category.
Participating in organised physical activities is an important element of staying healthy, and contributes to well connected communities and a healthy work-life balance amongst individuals. Particularly in Australia, one of the fattest nations in the developed world, engagement in physical activity is a powerful and important measure to combat the obesity epidemic.
The state with the highest rates of adult participation in sports and recreation is the Australian Capital Territory with 80 percent of people over 15 engaging in at least some physical activity. The state with the lowest is Queensland, with 61.9 percent.