The heart and
soul of any organisation is its people, which is why the department
places a strong emphasis on this aspect of capacity-building.
An effective people development strategy is important for organisations so they are able to react to the changing sport and recreation environment and develop people in effective ways to help achieve strategic objectives. The Department is committed to working with State Sporting Associations (SSAs), peak bodies, clubs and Local Government Authorities through our Governance and Industry Development Team, sports consultants and regional offices to support the sectors workforce, boards and volunteers.
We provide learning and development opportunities and information on a range of areas including:
Volunteers are the backbone of sport and recreation in Western Australia.
Behind every good athlete, there's bound to be a good coach.
Officials are an essential part of sport.
Training and events for board members.
Human resources for sport and recreation.
Courses, events and pathways for professionals.
The department takes a proactive role in developing human resources for sport and recreation.
The department drives workforce development
planning and facilitating surveys such as the Recreation Learning and
Workforce Development Survey and Remuneration and Benefits Review to
better understand the human resources needs of the industry.
The department values the significant contribution volunteers make to the sport and recreation industry and to the wider Western Australian community. Recognising the importance of supporting and recognising volunteers so they feel valued and are able
to fulfill the position they have been given. Without volunteers, the sport and recreation industry will simply not be able to exist.
The department supports the active involvement of well-trained, skilled and informed people delivering coaching services at community level through to supporting elite athletes. The department believes that the industry should have a strong focus on the
on-going development of coaches and provide a pathway that is clear on the levels of coaching available and requirements for further advancement, for those who wish to progress and excel in coaching.
An official is someone who controls the actual play of a competition (e.g. umpire, referee, or judge) and administers the rules and laws of the sport to ensure the proper conduct of a sporting fixture in a safe environment. The Department supports the
active involvement of people performing the role of an official and is committed to raising the profile, expertise and experience of officials in Western Australia.
Right now there's never been a better time to start planning a future in the industry as there are a range of factors that are contributing to a steady demand for skilled professionals. With a range of pathways, the sector offers a range of careers that
impact positively on people's lives by contributing to their health and wellbeing in addition to building stronger, happier, healthier and safer communities.
A career in the sport and
recreation industry involves working with a range of different
individuals including those that may come from different backgrounds and
or situations than that of yours. These individuals may include people
from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups and people with
People with disability are becoming involved in
sport and recreation at an increasing rate, from grass roots
participation to elite sport (Paralympics). This provides a range of
opportunities for sport professionals to fast track their careers and
gain valuable experience within the area of disability sport and
recreation at all levels.
As these new opportunities arise there
is a demand for sports administrators, sports managers, coaches, and
officials to fill these exciting roles. It is important to note that all
positions listed in this document in the areas of sport and recreation
industry sections are also relevant career options in disability sport
In addition to these roles, there are also
specific disability sport jobs primarily in the area of sport
development that focus solely on creating sport and recreation
participation opportunities for people with a disability.
Samantha ShieldsSenior Project OfficerGovernance and Industry DevelopmentTelephone 61 8 9492 9755Email Samantha Shields
Tony AmorosoSupport Project OfficerGovernance and Industry DevelopmentTelephone 61 8 9492 9617Email Tony Amoroso
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