Reconciliation Action Plan 2008-2009
The Department of Sport and Recreation is committed to supporting the development of a diverse sport and recreation system that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health and wellbeing of all Indigenous people.
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Sporting fields and recreation spaces are key settings where reconciliation can be promoted. Sport and recreation can bring people of differing cultures together to work as a team with common goals in an environment that helps people to bond and build mutual respect.
The Department of Sport and Recreation is the lead agency responsible for putting into practice government policy and initiatives relating to sport and recreation.
A key role of the department is to contribute to the healthy lifestyles of Western Australians by increasing physical activity in the community through sport and recreation.
The Western Australian Government is committed to supporting the development of a diverse sport and recreation system that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians.
To enhance the quality of life of Western Australians through their participation and achievement in sport and recreation.
- 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; and
- Provide affordable recreation camp experiences.
The development of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s (DSR) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) began in December 2007 with the formation of a RAP working group. This group consisted of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees representing all areas of the department.
A draft plan was developed through regular meetings of the RAP working group with feedback and support from the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Australia.
As DSR supports Reconciliation Australia’s view that reconciliation is the business of every Australian, all staff were given the opportunity to provide feedback during brainstorming and information sessions held throughout the RAP development phase. Staff members in regional offices were also given this opportunity via video teleconferences.
In the early stages of the plan’s development, a set of goals was established to assist in the progression of important areas of focus for current and future RAPs.
The goals of the RAP are to:
- Promote the participation of Indigenous Western Australians in sport, active recreation and physical activity;
- Improve the quality of services and support to the Indigenous community;
- Build cultural understanding amongst those participating and working in sport and active recreation; and
- Develop employment opportunities for Indigenous Western Australians in the sport and recreation industry
DSR’s RAP is intended to be a living document. In addition to regular review by the RAP working group, a report on the goals developed in the RAP will be included in the department’s annual report.