The Department's core business is to support the development of a sustainable and diverse sport and recreation system that encourages participation, develops talent and contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups in WA.
Significant funds provided by Lotterywest through the Sports Lotteries Account (SLA) and Sports Wagering Account (SWA) are administered by our Department and help us to achieve this goal.
Sports Lotteries Account
SLA funds provide sporting organisations with financial support for the development of sport and recreation in WA. Section 22 of the Lotteries Commission Act 1990, provides for 5% of net subscriptions to be made available to the Minister for Sport and Recreation from this account, representing $14.8 million in 2013/14.
Sports Wagering Account
SWA funds are directed to us through the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987, which allows for the disbursement of funds to our Department. In 2015/16 we received $3.9 million.
These monies are used to fund physical activity programs, research and initiatives to increase participation.