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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seniors in sport and recreation


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.

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.

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 Community Engagement Team at

More information

Leederville office

246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300
Page reviewed 07 February 2023