Strategic Plan

The Department of Sport and Recreation Strategic Plan 2016-2018

Our mission

Increase participation and achievement in sport and active recreation to enhance the quality of life of Western Australians.

Our purpose

To contribute to the broader health and well-being of Western Australians by:

  • Getting more Western Australians active through participation in sport and active recreation 
  • Providing quality sport and active recreation settings and experiences for Western Australians  
  • Building capacity in communities, organisations and individuals
  • Supporting achievement in sport and active recreation.

Our commitment is to:

  • Be productive, responsive, decisive and not adverse to risk-taking
  • Embrace change, innovation and improvement
  • Encourage and support our staff to achieve
  • Undertake a state-wide approach to our business
  • Undertake evidence-based decision making.

Strategic framework 2016-2018

Strategic framework 2016-18 flow diagram with explanation below

The strategic framework consists of three areas of:

  1. Strategic policy
    • Policy development
  2. Operational policy, services and programs
    • Participation
    • Places and spaces
    • Achievement
    • Capacity building
  3. Business delivery
    • Business management
    • Communications.

Strategic influences include election commitments, State government priorities, Federal government policy, availability of resources.

 

1. Policy development

Strategic and operational policies are key contributors to the achievement of outcomes for the sport and active recreation sector. Development of policy is underpinned by a broad awareness of current and new issues which then inform the Department’s programs and initiatives.

Goal

  • 1.1 Influence policy settings to deliver effective outcomes for the sport and active recreation sector.

Strategies

  • 1.1.1 Effectively contribute to contemporary and emerging issues
  • 1.1.2 Ensure currency of the Department’s operational policies
  • 1.1.3 Undertake evaluation of programs, policies and systems.

Goal

  • 1.2 Facilitate opportunities for economic and tourism benefits through sport and active recreation

Strategies

  • 1.2.1 Through sport and active recreation, maintain and develop national and international linkages that deliver tangible benefits for the State.

2. Places and spaces

Built and natural spaces form the settings in which sport and active recreation occurs. Availability and accessibility of these settings contribute to participation and achievement.

Goal

  • 2.1 Provide Western Australians with a variety of sport and active recreation settings

Strategies

  • 2.1.1 Influence the planning, design, delivery and management of all sport and active recreation settings (natural and built)
  • 2.1.2 Guide policy and investment decisions in relation to sport and active recreation settings
  • 2.1.3 Provide evidence based advice into land use planning, policy formulation and land acquisition to ensure the availability and appropriateness of spaces to support participation in sport and active recreation.

Goal

  • 2.2 Facilitate access of Western Australians to a variety of suitable sport and active recreation settings

Strategies

  • 2.2.1 Work with partners to activate community sport and active recreation settings
  • 2.2.2 Work with partners to ensure the community has fair, reasonable and equitable access to 
    sport and active recreation settings.

Goal

  • 2.3 Enable Western Australia to have a variety of facilities capable of hosting state, national and international level competition.

Strategies

  • 2.3.1 Implement the State Sporting Facilities Plan
  • 2.3.2 Work with partners to promote and increase the activation of state sporting facilities
  • 2.3.3 Provide Western Australians with opportunities to compete at state sporting facilities
  • 2.3.4 Oversee delivery of Perth Stadium to ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the needs of users.

3. Participation

Participation in sport and active recreation contributes to mental and physical well-being and the development of strong networks and support structures within the community. This in turn reduces pressure on the State’s investment in health care and justice.

Goal

  • 3.1 Enable sport and active recreation to make a significant and enduring contribution to the lifestyles of Western Australians.

Strategies

  • 3.1.1 Advocate and support programs that address the benefits of participation across all life stages
  • 3.1.2 Support and promote participation pathways for all ages and ability levels
  • 3.1.3 Facilitate the delivery of diverse opportunities in sport, active recreation and physical activities.

Goal

  • 3.2 Make quality, affordable sport and active recreation opportunities available for all Western Australians.

Strategies

  • 3.2.1 Develop and implement initiatives targeting evidence based low participation cohorts and those with identified socio-economic disadvantage
  • 3.2.2 Foster strategic partnerships to better realise opportunities for participation and reduce barriers to participation
  • 3.2.3 Provide opportunities for Western Australians to engage in outdoor activities and recreation camp programs.
Specific participation areas of focus will be identified and prioritised in the Department’s annual business planning process. These areas of focus will include—but are not limited to­—people with disability, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, seniors, women and low-socio economic backgrounds.

4. Achievement

The Department works together with the sporting sector to not only support talented athletes and teams to achieve in local, national and international level competitions, but support and recognise achievement at all levels.

Goal

  • 4.1 Establish pathways to enable achievement at all levels of competition.

Strategies

  • 4.1.1 Support partners to develop talent and  delivery pathways and systems for athletes, coaches and officials
  • 4.1.2 Encourage, support and recognise achievement of Western Australians.

5. Capacity building

Building on the existing capabilities of individuals and organisations to operate at their very best and in turn provide quality opportunities for all Western Australians to participate in sport and active recreation and achieve their goals.

Goal

  • 5.1 Increase the capacity and capability of individuals and organisations to provide sport and active recreation opportunities to Western Australians

Strategies

  • 5.1.1 Support the development of high performing sport and active recreation organisations
  • 5.1.2 Retain and support volunteers as a critical element in the delivery of sport and active recreation
  • 5.1.3 Support improved governance in sport and active recreation organisations at all levels

Goal

  • 5.2 Protect the integrity of the sport and active recreation industry.

Strategies

  • 5.2.1 Support sport and outdoor recreation organisations to be responsive to issues which impact their reputation and integrity
  • 5.2.2 Promote and develop sport and active recreation environments that are fair, safe, 
    ethical and inclusive.

Business delivery

Communications and business management are enabling factors in the delivery of the Department’s key areas of focus. The whole Department contributes to these areas.

6. Communications

Goal

  • 6.1 Provide a full spectrum of communications support in the delivery of the Department’s services*
    *The Department receives appropriation for the service areas of Industry Leadership and Infrastructure Development; Building Capacity and Participation; and Recreation and Camps Management.

Strategies

  • 6.1.1 Advocate the value of sport and active recreation
  • 6.1.2 Provide communications and marketing in the delivery of the Department’s business.

7. Business management

Goal

  • 7.1 Support the Department to be vibrant, responsive, progressive and accountable

Strategies

  • 7.1.1 Align services and systems to support the activity of the Department
  • 7.1.2 Consider the business needs of the Department and deliver high quality solutions that meet the requirements and expectations of the Department
  • 7.1.3 Provide effective and ongoing stewardship of resources, manage and monitor services, and manage governance and risk.