Sport and Recreation Spatial is a web graphical information system (GIS) that allows state sporting organisation participant, facility and associated data to be explored and analysed via an interactive map.
The flexible system allows the user to visualise regional patterns and trends over times via a variety of different methods.
It is estimated that the combination of data options allow for in excess of 15 million possible map outputs.

Map overview

  1. Menu
  2. Data options panel
  3. Interactive map
  4. Active map type and active data filters
  5. Map legend (Colour, value range, and region count)
  6. Additional options: Print, Copy, Bookmark, Export

Region summary overview

Region summary overview

  1. Region name and active map type
  2. Value of currently active map type for the region (eg: Participant count, participation rate)
  3.  Selected participant summary
    • Selected participant count (Default: Aged 4 to 70)
    • Change from time period (Participant change map types only)
    • Participation rate:  Selected participants/Estimated region population of same age and gender in 2013
  4. Total participant summary
    • Total participant count (Any age, any gender)
    • Change from time period (Participant change map types only)
    • Participation rate:  Total participants/Estimated region total population in 2013
  5. Estimated Residential Population (ERP) summary in end year
    • Any age (Persons, Males, Females)
    • Selected age range (Persons, Males, Females)
  6. Facility summary
    1. Facility count
    2. Playing field count
    3. Participants per playing field
    4. Population per playing field
    5. Participants per facility
    6.  Population per facility
    7. Off page (Scroll down)
    8. Official count (Coaches and umpires)
    9. Region benchmark tables
    10. Participant count
    11. Participation rate
    12. Facility details

Using the map

Data options

Select different map types and apply them to a selection of member data.
By default the map is displaying Participants aged between 4 and 70 grouped by LGA in the most recent year available.

Selected participants

Selected participants are a subset of all participants matching the currently active data filters
eg: Males aged between 5 and 19
Females in a particular Club etc

Total participants

Total participants is the total number of participants in the region
NOTE: Total participants can differ from selecting all participants aged 4 to 100 as some sport data does not include the participant age.

Map types

Map shading scale

By default most maps use the exponential shading scale, which automatically adjusts to cover the range of data from the selected participants.
This can highlight regions with particularly low or high values, but may not use every available legend range.
This can be changed to use a quantile shading scale, which splits the regions so that an equal number are placed in each legend range.
This has the effect of making very low, or very high values less prominent

Data filters

The currently selected participants can be altered by

NOTE: Not all data filters will be available for all maps or sports.

Selecting clubs, programs, associations or level

To select a club, use the "select club" button to display a club listing
Either search for a club name, or use the alphabetical filters
To add a club to the list, click "select"
When you have selected all relevant clubs, click "Load map" to apply the selection to the map
The selected clubs or programs will appear in the "Active filters" panel once applied.


Overlays are available for several complementary datasets
Use the show/hide overlay button to toggle between the overlay and the original data map.

Map gallery

Featured maps have been generated for common maps of interest such as participation, programs, and facilities.

View data

View the participant and facility data for the currently active data filters

View region statistics

Click a region on the map, or use the locate a region menu to view the region summary for a particular region

Locate a region

Search or browse for a region to locate the region on the map, or view the region


Bookmark the map you have generated for future reference, or to share with other users
Select "My user only" or "All users of this sport" as the sharing option when saving the bookmark.
A bookmark can be saved as the default map for your user, allowing you to set default map preferences.
A bookmark can be shared via email to other users. (The user must have a valid login to access the bookmark)
Manage bookmarks

Data sources

Australian Bureau of Statistics

State Sporting Organisations

Department of Planning and Community Development

Sport and Recreation Victoria

Department of Health, Victoria


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a choropleth map?
A choropleth map uses graded differences in shading or colour or the placing of symbols inside defined areas on the map in order to indicate the average values of some property or quantity in those areas

Q: How do I see participation change in different areas?

Q: How do I see how many participants in my program or programs?

Q: How do I see how many participants in a group of related clubs?

Q: What does the region summary show?

The region summary shows key details for the selected region

Q: What are the different types of participation rate?
Selected participants can be measured against the region's

Q: Why are there different map shading scales?
Different shading scales can paint a different picture of the data, highlighting different elements of the map.
The default exponential scale of 8 ranges aims to highlight regions with particularly high or low values, but may have many regions of the same colour in the middle of the range.
The quantile option has an even spread across all ranges, but might not identify particularly high or low values

eg: The following two maps use the same data, but show a very different map
Exponential scale (8 divergent ranges)
Exponential map scale

Quantile scale (5 equal splits)

Map scale quantile

Q: What are the limitations of the data?
All regional statistics derived from sport membership data are based on the residential postcodes of members, and are subject to the usual unavoidable inaccuracies of postcode areas and the uncertainties introduced when postcode data are distributed and assigned to other types of geographical region using correspondence tables produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Where possible erroneous data has been cleaned, however the quality of the sport membership data depends on the accuracy of the data supplied by the sport.

Participant records that do not have a valid age or postcode are not normally included in the map visualisation.

Q: Can I view and export the raw data?
You can view the currently selected participant data from the "View data" menu
The export button is located in the bottom left of screen and will export the data to an Excel spreadsheet.

Q: Can I share the map with others?
Using the bookmark menu you can save the current map
A bookmark can be saved for your user, or shared with all users of the same sport.
The manage bookmarks view allows a bookmark link to be emailed to other users.

Q: Can I view regions other than LGA?

Q: How can I view the facilities for my sport?

Q: How can I view the facilities in a specific region?

Q: What options are available for filtering the Victorian population projections?

Q: What is SEIFA, and what options are available?
The four SEIFA indexes are measures of relative socio-economic status (SES) calculated for each geographical area by ABS using census data. The SEIFA indexes available as map overlays are:

As their names suggest, the four indexes are focused on different aspects of SES.  Current SEIFA indexes are based on 2011 census data and available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Each index is constructed a weighted combination of socio-economic measures for individuals and households. 
For more information, see