Sport & Recreation

Industry Snapshot

sport raceThe Sport and Recreation industry is made up of of four sectors:

Outdoor Recreation
Community Recreation

In 2011 the SA Sport and Recreation industry was representative of 411* businesses and by 2012 the workforce was made up of approximately 6,000** people.

The sector is dominated by approximately 2/3 of micro businesses that have 4 employees or less and there is a high level of casual and part-time employment. Volunteers are estimated to out number employees in this sector on a 4-to-1 basis. This industry has the highest population participation rate of any sector as it is the favoured use of free time. 


Training Package Coverage

Recreation canoeThere is one training package for this industry which includes all sectors: 

Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package (SIS)

Skills IQ is the new Skills Service Organisation (SSO) responsible to ensure the training packages remain industry relevant.

Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop the training packages that industry needs and ensure they meet the needs of employers and stay current.

Please visit the website of Skills IQ for updates on training package activity or email

Our role at Service Skills SA is to work closely with our networks and the relevant Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to ensure that the South Australian Sport and Recreation industries have an opportunity to contribute and stay informed about crucial activity.

Approved training packages can be viewed at which is the national database on Vocational Education and Training in Australia. Here you will find information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and registered training organisations (RTOs).

Careers & Training

Need to find out about the amazing careers that exist in the Sport and Recreation sector? Visit our career section!


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Aquatics Attraction Project 


DFEEST Workforce Wizard - Create your own South Australian data report
SA Aventure Activity Standards


Government, Business & Training Links
Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
Consumer and Business Service (OCBA)
Department of State Development 
Skills IQ
SafeWork SA
Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services national database of training packages & registered training organisations
Training and Skills Commission
Victorian Purchasing Guides - training package nominal hours

Industry Links
Australian Sports Commission
Fitness Australia
Office for Recreation and Sport - SA
Outdoors SA
Recreation SA
Sport SA

*Data Source - 2011 ABS Business Count
**Data Source - South Australian Workforce Wizard Industry Report (DFEEST)

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