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What we do

The department provides leadership, advice and funding for the sport and recreation industry in Western Australia.

Sport and recreation is more than winning. It makes an important positive contribution to society. Recent research indicates that participation in sport and recreation builds stronger and safer communities, healthier and happier people, and can even improve educational outcomes for our children.

To maximise these outcomes, the departments role is to create the context for participation. This context includes great facilities and well-run sport and recreation organisations.

It is important that these facilities and organisations are available to all Western Australians, no matter their background or physical abilities.

The department reaches across the community to a wide range of audiences, including sports organisations and clubs, recreation groups and agencies, state and federal government departments, non-government agencies and private industry.

The department advocates and supports projects to strengthen communities through sport and recreation.
To assist Western Australian workplaces to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees, the Department of Sport and Recreation, in partnership with the Premier's Physical Activity Taskforce, has commenced the Healthy Active Workplaces Initiative.
Different groups of people within the sport and recreation community have different requirements. Identifying these groups allows focused development in these specific areas within the industry.
There are many different aspects to the sport and recreation industry. This section of the website helps explain some of the current and emerging topics that affect it.
Sport and recreation is not about winning, it's about helping to build stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities. Sport and recreation is not a luxury.
Volunteers are the backbone of sport and recreation in Western Australia.

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