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Sport and Recreation Information Centre

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The Information Centre contributes to the achievements of the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Western Australian sport and recreation industry by providing access to current, relevant and timely library services to members of sport and recreation communities and other interested people.


The Information Centre was established in 1974. Since then the collection has increased to include material on many subjects related to sport and recreation.

The collection contains: CD-Rom, conference proceedings, DVDs, electronic documents, local government reports, management resources, monographs, periodicals, theses and videotape resources. The library collection also covers a wide area of subjects including:

  • Administration
  • Biomechanics
  • Coaching
  • Facility design and management
  • Fitness
  • Junior sport
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Recreation management
  • Sport for people with disabilities
  • Sports science
  • Sports medicine
  • Sports Law
  • Sociology of sport
  • Sport history
  • Statistics
  • Trails


Current awareness services

The Information Centre provides various current awareness services which can assist you to keep up to date in the sport and recreation field.  If you would like further information on these services please contact the Information Centre on 9492 9870.

Research services – The Information Centre is a research based library with access to the latest research in sport and recreation using databases such as SportDiscus and Medline.

New books – Material has been acquired in accordance with the Information Centre’s collection development policy. Recent acquisitions in the following subject areas include: physical fitness, strength training, government publications, leisure, recreation, Olympics, coaching, management, governance and material related to specific sports. Please view our latest acquisitions.

Resource links – These pages have been developed on specific subjects including Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and physical activity. 

Interlibrary loan services – The Information Centre does provide document delivery services. Please complete the request form and return the form to the Information Centre by email or facsimile 08 9492 9711. If you are not a member of our library, you may borrow items on Inter-Library Loan through a library you are affiliated with. 

Clearinghouse for Sport logoClearinghouse for Sport

Clearinghouse for Sport is an information and knowledge service provided by the Australian Sports Commission. It collects and distributes information for the sport and recreation industry. Clearinghouse for Sport requires you to register and log in to access the information.

Clearinghouse members have access to a range of online services and licensed resources, including:

  • Electronic journals and research databases
  • Digital image files, and video and audio recordings
  • Current awareness and alerting services
  • Digitally archived Australian sports publications and reports
  • Research and references services
  • Discussion forums and other online social collaboration tools

Make an appointment

An appointment is necessary to ensure that staff are available to provide assistance. You can make a tentative booking by email or by contacting the Information Centre from the contacts below.

Contact details for Information Centre

Information Centre
246 Vincent Street, LEEDERVILLE WA 6007
Telephone (08) 9492 9870
Facsimile (08) 9492 9711
Email the Information Centre

From 1 August 2008 the Information Centre will no longer be open to the public. Requests for information are welcome by telephone and email.

Useful links 

These websites and their content are not endorsed by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Sport links 

Australian Sports Commission

The ASC is the Australian Government body that manages, develops and invests in sport at all levels. It works closely with a range of national sporting organisations, state and local governments, schools and community organisations to ensure sport is well

Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)

WAIS stands for the Western Australian Institute of Sport. The short form WAIS is now widely recognised with its branding of four disks depicting athlete movement.

Olympic Games links 

Australian Olympic Committee

Provides extensive information on Olympic various topics relating to the Olympic Games including, athletes, sports and historical data.

Beijing Olympic Games

Official site for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Special Olympics Australia

Information relating to the Special Olympics which cater for people with an intellectual disability.

Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Official site for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Western Australian Olympic Council

Information on the Olympic Games relating to Western Australian's participation.

Commonwealth Games links 

Australian Commonwealth Games Association

Information on Australian participation, results, statistics and FAQ's in the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Federation

Information relating to Country participation. games records, sports and athletes.

Games for the disabled links 

Australian Paralympic Committee

Information relating the the Paralympic Games which cater for people with a physical disability.

Special Olympics Australia

Information relating to the Special Olympics which cater for people with an intellectual disability.

Physical activity links

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Provides useful information on physical activity and health associated issues.

Bushwalking in the Perth region

Bushwalking in the Perth region website link

Cancer Council WA

Awareness and information sessions, quit smoking courses and fundraising events.

Cycling in WA

Cycling in WA website link

Diabetes WA

Information on education and information seminars and health promotion topics.

DOCEP Work-Life Balance

Benefits of Work-Life balance,http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/LabourRelations/Content/FlexibleWorkplaces/index.htm

Find Thirty

The 'Find thirty. It's not a big exercise' campaign encourages people to be sufficiently active for good health.

Fitness Australia

Fitness Australia website link


Healthway website link

Heart Foundation

Information on healthy living and heart health. Includes a feature 'What's on' in Western Australia - physical activity and health related events.

Mentally Healthy WA

Links and resources for Positive Mental Health, brochures and other materials.

Northern Territory Physical Activity Strategy for Workplaces

Tips on how to integrate physical activity into your day, results of the Northern Territory Physical Activity Survey and promotional tools.

South Australian Workplace Physical Activity Pilot

Workplace physical activity pilot program being implemented with 15 South Australian organisations. Workplace Physical Activity resource kit and promotional materials also available.

Tasmania's Workplace Health and Well-Being Initiative

Includes a 'Whats on' section as well as resources and an Initiatives database.

TravelSmart Workplace Program

TravelSmart Workplace assists businesses, government agencies, local councils, hospitals and tertiary institutions to promote travel alternatives to employees and visitors. Cycling, walking, public transport, carpooling and teleworking are all TravelSmart

Walking in WA

Walking in WA website link

What's on in Health

A calendar of health related events in Western Australia.


Safety at Work, safety and health topics and alerts and Lunchtime forums.

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