The Department uses a community development approach to enhance and increase inclusion within our community.
Although evidence remains crucial to shaping our approach, using a community development approach means the community's needs, goals and aspirations become the key drivers behind what they do and how they do it.
Low socio-economic groups generally aren't adequately resourced to ensure they are able to participate equally — or as close as possible — to the rest of the population. These groups can include the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD), Aboriginal, people with disability, seniors and youth.
Supporting inclusion around the State
The Department provides support to communities and sport and recreation organisations, to develop inclusive environments and identify projects to help increase participation rates for these groups.
Each Inclusion Officer, who is responsible for a particular area of the State, helps to:
- Build relationships by assisting government, non-government agencies and service providers to create and deliver community based inclusive participation projects.
- Identify support for organisations and community groups to encourage greater participation in sport and active recreation and to foster inclusive practices.
- Develop resources appropriate for promoting community participation in sport and active recreation activities.
To find out more about what's happening in your area of the State and how you can develop and promote inclusive sport and recreation environments, please contact the Inclusion Officer in your area.