Australians have a reputation for being passionate about sport, but do they support the sport in rain, hail, and shine? This FACT indicates the average attendance rate at sporting events in each state and territory. Data collected showed that 7.6 million, or 43%, of Australians aged 15 years and over attended at least one sporting event during the 12 months prior to the interview in 2009-2010.
More men (4.3 million, or 50%) attended than women (3.3 million, or 37%). People aged 15 to 17 years had the highest rate of attendance (58%) while people aged 55 to 64 (35%) and 65 years and over (23%) had the lowest. Attendance rates varied between the states and territories, ranging from 38% in New South Wales to 59% in the Northern Territory. The attendance rate at sporting events was higher for people who were employed full-time (55%) than for people who were employed part-time (45%).