Last updated: 06 Apr, 2021

This research summary provides a picture of participation in organised community sport in Victoria.

 

This summary outlines key findings and insights from the 5th year of VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria’s joint research into organised community sport participation in Victoria across 12 popular sports including Australian football, basketball, bowls*, cricket, football (soccer), golf*, gymnastics, hockey, netball, sailing, swimming and tennis. 

The report illustrates participation across age, sex and location in 2019 and compares this with participation in 2015, 20162017 and 2018.

*Please note: bowls and golf did not provide data for 2019 and are not included in this summary.

 

Key findings from 2019 results:

  • Participation in sport increased by more than 119,000 participants (0.8% increase in the participation rate). The participation increase was over twice as high for females (1.1% increase) than males (0.5% increase).

  • The largest growth in participation rates 2015–2019 were within the 4 year old age group (4%) followed by the 15–19 year age group (3%).

  • For females, the largest growth was for 4 year olds (7%), followed by 5–9 year olds (5%), and 10–14 year olds (4%).

  • For males, the largest growth was for 15–19 year olds (3%), followed by 35–39 year olds (2%), and 25–29 year olds (1%).

  • There has been increased participation for females across all ages, and with high growth in participation rates for those aged 4–19 years.


 


Previous research

2018 research

Download: 2018 Sport Participation Research Summary - Part 1 (PDF, 8 MB)

Download: 2018 Sport Participation Research Summary - Part 2 (PDF, 297 KB)

Download: Sport participation rates: Victoria, 2018 (PDF, 1 MB)

Download: Sport participation retention summary report: Victoria, 2018 (PDF, 2 MB)

 

2017 research

Download: Sport participation in Victoria, 2017 - Research summary (PDF, 8 MB)

Download: Sport participation rates: Victoria, 2017 (PDF, 649 KB)

2016 research

Download: Sport participation in Victoria, 2016 - Research summary (PDF, 884 KB)

Download: Sport participation rates: Victoria, 2016 (PDF, 665 KB)

2015 research

Download: Sport participation in Victoria, 2015: Research summary (PDF, 641 KB)

Download: Age profiles of sports participants: Victoria 2015 (573 KB)

Download: Sport participation rates: Victoria 2015 (630 KB)

 

VicHealth Physical Activity Research Practice Fellowship 2011-15

Download: Victorian participation in organised sport: Research highlights(PDF, 447 KB)

Download: Victorian participation in organised sport: Final report (PDF, 2.1 MB)