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The Department of Sport and Recreation

The Department of Sport and Recreation provides many services to the sport and recreation industry of Western Australia

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What the department does

Sport and recreation makes an important contribution to society.

The Western Australian Government has consistently committed to supporting the development of a sustainable and diverse sport and recreation system in WA that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in Western Australia. 

The Department of Sport and Recreation is the lead agency responsible for the implementation of government policy and initiatives in sport and recreation.

A key role of the department is to contribute to the healthy lifestyle of Western Australians by increasing physical activity in the community through sport and recreation. 

Our mission

To enhance the quality of life of Western Australians through their participation and achievement in sport and recreation.

Our priorities

  • Encourage more Western Australians to be physically active.
  • Strengthen the capacity of sport and recreation organisations.
  • Support talent development and achievement in sport and recreation.
  • Promote sound infrastructure planning and sustainable facilities.
  • Provide affordable recreation camp experiences.

How we operate

  • Provide industry leadership and coordination for sport and recreation services statewide.
  • Establish partnerships within the industry, across government and with other stakeholders.
  • Involve clients in all aspects of service planning and delivery.
  • Provide consultancy services and resource support to individuals, organisations and community groups delivering sport and recreation.

Our major partners

Organisational structure

  • Director General – Ron Alexander
    • Director Business Management – Alex Watt
      • Administration
      • Finance
      • Human Resources
      • Information Management
      • Information Technology Services
      • Information centre
    • Director Industry Development and Participation – Arron Minchin
      • Industry development
      • Participation
    • Director Strategic Policy and Regional Services – Graham Brimage
      • Regional Services
      • Policy, Planning and Research
      • Sport International WA
      • Communications
    • Director Facilities and Camps – Rob Didcoe
      • Facility Development
      • Major Projects Unit
      • Recreation Camps
    • Project Director – New Perth Stadium – Ronnie Hurst
      • Perth New Stadium Team

Strategic intent and direction

Strategic Directions 5

WA’s sport and recreation industry has been guided by three to five-year strategic directions since 1997, giving the industry a framework in which to operate and develop. It has also guided State Government decision-making and funding directions and has been the catalyst for the achievement of a range of industry outcomes.

Strategic intent

The department's Strategic Intent, including strategic goals and operations are developed around the industry.

Position statements

Position statements

The Department of Sport and Recreation provides position statements on a range of industry issues. Each position statement presents a brief background to the issue and the department's stated position.

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