Research and policies

The Department continually monitors the latest trends in sport and recreation, so we can deliver the best advice to the organisations we service.

We also provide guidelines in the form of policy documents on current issues impacting the sector.

Research and policy core functions

In addition to having access to a world of research through our library, linked to the Australian Sports Commission, the Department also conducts its own research into topics of interest.

Centre for Sport and Recreation Research and Curtin University logoThe Department and Curtin University of Technology jointly established Centre for Sport and Recreation Research. Based at the University's Bentley campus, the centre is believed to be the first in Australia.

Topics researched include:

We provide position statements on a range of industry issues. Each position statement presents a brief background to the issue and the Department's stated position.

Research papers

Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

Sport and physical activity participation are generally promoted for their positive impact on children’s physical and mental health. However, increased participation in sport and other forms of physical activity are also thought to lead to enhancement of cognitive functioning (information processing), memory, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement for children. The link between physical activity and academic achievement is of increasing interest in the field of education and sport.

More information on how sport and physical activity enhances children's learning.


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More than winning – the real value of sport and recreation in Western Australia

Sport helps to build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection. Sport and recreation helps to bind families through shared experiences and shared achievements. Through participation, sport helps address anti-social behaviour and can support education.

More information on the real value of sport and recreation.

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Further information

Senior Policy Officer

Telephone 08 9492 9700

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