Media releases

Keep informed about Department's news, funding and initiatives.

Sam Kerr’s Matildas to take on Thailand in first-ever WA match

Feb 14, 2018

International football superstar and Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr will join the Matildas for their first-ever Western Australian game when they play Thailand at nib Stadium on March 26, 2018.

WA secures Australian record crowd for women’s sport

Feb 11, 2018

Australian sporting history was made at Optus Stadium yesterday afternoon, with a record 41,975 people turning out to watch the Fremantle Dockers women's team defeat Collingwood – the biggest ever crowd for a women's sporting match in Australia.

Country athletes helped to travel and train

Feb 09, 2018

More than 200 talented regional Western Australian athletes are now another step closer to reaching their sporting dreams.

Grants to target local communities to be active

Feb 09, 2018

Local community, government and sporting groups are being invited to apply for grants to encourage people to join a club and become more active.

Chelsea FC and Perth Glory to clash at Optus Stadium on July 23

Feb 08, 2018

Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club will play Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday July 23, 2018 in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans, with tickets on sale next Thursday (February 15).

AFL Women’s ticketholders - make sure you are a part of history

Feb 08, 2018

An 89-year-old Australian sporting record is on the verge of being broken here in Western Australia this weekend – but the history-making moment is only achievable if ticketholders turn out in force.

Synthetic wickets turfed out at White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club

Jan 30, 2018

Baldivis cricketers will soon be able to practice on turf training wickets, thanks to a $40,000 upgrade championed by Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.

World T20 coming to Perth in 2020

Jan 30, 2018

The McGowan Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has successfully bid to host 11 International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 (WT20) matches in Perth in 2020.

Optus Stadium sets new benchmark for disability access

Jan 27, 2018

Optus Stadium will set a new standard for disability access at Western Australian sport venues, ensuring the entire community can enjoy a five-star experience when visiting the venue and Stadium Park.

Youth Engagement Scheme to promote community connections

Jan 24, 2018

14 groups granted $250,000 worth of projects to engage disconnected youth.

Full capacity crowd approved for Scorchers home final

Jan 23, 2018

The McGowan Government has reached an agreement with VenuesLive and the WACA to ensure 55,000 tickets will be sold to the Scorchers' home semi-final at Optus Stadium.

Optus Stadium officially opens with Community Open Day

Jan 21, 2018

Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park was officially opened this morning when thousands of Western Australians were given the chance to tour the venue first, and for free, at the Community Open Day.

Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd

Jan 15, 2018

Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium's push to attract the country's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10.

ICC praises Perth's new home of international cricket

Jan 11, 2018

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body for cricket, has granted approval for Optus Stadium to stage international Test, Limited Overs and Twenty20 matches.

WA sailing legend Jon Sanders completes 10th circumnavigation

Dec 20, 2017

Record-breaking Western Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders AO OBE CitWA today completed his 10th circumnavigation of the world.

WA secures two national swimming championship events in 2020

Dec 18, 2017

The State Government has secured two national swimming championship events for Perth in 2020, which are expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors and contribute about $7 million to the Western Australian economy.

International Volunteer Day honours local contributions

Dec 05, 2017

International Volunteer Day celebrations will conclude with a garden party at Government House today to honour some of the State's longest-serving volunteers.

Perth Stadium Station now complete

Dec 02, 2017

The train station for the new Optus Stadium is now complete and ready to receive thousands of passengers for the stadium's first major event – the free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018.

Country areas enriched by sporting events support

Dec 01, 2017

The McGowan Government has announced four events to enrich sport and recreation in regional Western Australia.

Small sporting grants make a big difference

Dec 01, 2017

More than 20 sport and recreation clubs will get a helping hand for small projects thanks to the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).

Wheelchair basketball program a first for WAIS

Nov 28, 2017

The Western Australian Institute of Sport has announced its first specialist Paralympic program.

Australia v England One Day International to be played at Optus Stadium

Nov 20, 2017

Optus Stadium will host the One Day International cricket match between Australia and England on Sunday January 28, 2018 – in what is expected to be the highest-attended sporting match in Western Australian history.

Funding to put Collie Motorplex on road to national accreditation

Nov 17, 2017

The McGowan Government will provide an additional $314,000 for the Collie Motorplex redevelopment, to bring the facility to national standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South West.

Junior drag racing suspended until outcome of police investigation

Nov 13, 2017

Junior competition drag racing at Perth Motorplex has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation into a fatal accident involving a junior driver on November 11.

Fierce international hockey rivals clash in Narrogin

Nov 11, 2017

Rivalry will be fierce as old enemies the Kookaburras and the Netherlands men's national field hockey Team clash at Narrogin in two games early next year.