South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


23. Social participation:

Increase the proportion of South Australians participating in social, community and economic activities by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The SASP Household survey previously provided the progress data for this target’s key measure.  A new data source is yet to be identified, as at 15 April 2015. The data above and the comments below are from the 2012 Progress Report.

This is a new SASP target. Baseline data is available from the 2012 SASP Household Survey, which includes questions about participation in a range of social and community activities in the last 12 months.

The Audit Committee recognises that social participation is a difficult concept to measure and can be represented by multiple types of activity. For the purposes of measuring this target, participation in community based activities and the frequency of that involvement, is used.

These community based activities are:

  • active involvement in a social or community group or taking part in an activity they organised;
  • active involvement in a civic or political group, such as a political party, environmental or civic rights group;
  • involvement in a sport or physical recreational activity as a coach, official, umpire or administrator;
  • involvement in a sporting or physical recreational group at least twice per month;
  • attendance at a sporting event as a spectator at least twice per month; and/or
  • formal or informal volunteering at least twice per month.

In 2012 (the baseline year for this target), 71.5% of survey respondents were considered to be socially participating, based on the above definition.

The key measure listed for this target in the 2011 SASP is the proportion of people who are not participating in activities in their community.

Progress in the achievement of this target was previously measured through the SASP Household Survey, which was last undertaken in 2012. An alternative performance measure is currently being investigated and will be provided shortly.


Lead Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion