Participating in sport and active recreation

One of the roles of the department is to increase the number of Western Australians playing sport and enjoying active recreation. However there are some groups which, for various reasons, have lower rates of participation and require innovative and targeted programs to support them.

Community inclusion

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability.

The department develops and facilitates programs and initiatives in collaboration with outside agencies, to assist people from these groups to realise the personal and community benefits an active lifestyle brings.

More information on community inclusion.

Low-participation groups in Western Australia

The department supports targeted programs that help to increase sport and active recreation participation levels by all Western Australians. Follow the links below for examples of how we work with low-participation groups:

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) refers to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that make up the Australian population. 

More information on CaLD participation.

People with disability

Recreation and sport make an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of all people, including people with disability. The barriers that once prohibited people with disability from enjoying the benefits of sport are rapidly disappearing.

More information on people with disability.


Being active in your older years can have great health benefits. It helps maintain friendships and means you're an active and connected part of the community.

More information on senior participation.


The department is focused on creating environments to increase Aboriginal participation in organised sport and recreation as athletes, coaches, officials and administrators – from grass-roots programs through to elite competition.

More information on Aboriginal participation.


Young people are our future and sport and recreation is one of the vehicles that government can use to encourage youth to become more involved and active within society. From physical education and parental influence through to participation, volunteering and education, young people have so many opportunities to be a part of their community and ensure that they are physically, mentally and emotionally happy throughout their life.

More information on youth participation.

Advocacy events

The department hosts awareness events throughout the year to celebrate diversity. These events take place during the Harmony, NAIDOC, Mental Health and Disability Awareness weeks.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact the Inclusion Team.

More information

Inclusion Team
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Telephone +61 8 9492 9700
Email the Inclusion Team