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Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities across Western Australia.


The Government of Western Australia is committed to supporting 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 our state. As the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, we strongly advocate the benefits of sport and recreation, not only for the physical, but the positive impact on the mental and emotional wellbeing of the community.  


The Department prides itself on developing programs and projects in partnership with the community that promote a series of benefits beyond the traditional aspirations of improved health and wellbeing. These include:

  • Stronger and more connected communities;
  • Inclusion of minority social groups;
  • Diversion and education of at-risk youth;
  • Healthy child development and contact with nature;
  • Economic outcomes;
  • Education outcomes;
  • Tourism outcomes; and
  • Environmental outcomes.

It's our belief that sport and recreation can be a vehicle for positive social change.

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. Sport and recreation contributes to economic growth through business investment and employment, and helps sustain the environment through protecting open space and natural areas. It also promotes the use of active modes of transport, such as cycling and walking.

Below is a visual representation of the many ways sport and recreation benefits the people and communities of Western Australia. This graphic and more detailed information on the work of the department is available in our Annual Report.


Manager, Participation
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Sport and Recreation
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300



01 February 2015


01 February 2017

Page reviewed 11 September 2023