Statistics and Indicators

Sedentary behaviour, adults


    Usual type of daily activity, 18 years and over, ACT General Health Survey, 2018 - 2021

    Respondents to the 2021 ACT General Health Survey aged 18 years and over were significantly more likely to report that they spent most of  their usual day sitting (64.8%) than standing (15.6%) and walking/doing heavy labour or physically demanding work (19.6%). There was no significant difference by sex.

    For the purpose of reporting the ACT General Health Survey data on HealthStats, if the 95% confidence intervals of the estimates do not overlap, they are considered to be significantly different.

    The question refers to a usual working day. For those who do not work, it refers to what they consider a usual day.

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Persons includes male, female, other and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    The mostly walking and mostly doing heavy labour or physically demanding work categories have been combined for reporting.

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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