Human resources for sport and recreation

Human resource management is the management of people, focusing on policies and systems, with the aim of maximising staff and volunteer performance.

It is important and plays a vital role in the management of paid and volunteer staff.

The department helped to establish, and supports, the Human Resources Industry Advisory Group (HRIAG), which provides advice to the industry in the development of paid and unpaid people.

The HRIAG provides a forum to share information and act as advisors to sport and recreation on developing strategies and initiatives which support increasing the industry’s people capabilities.

There are currently eleven members of HRIAG who bring extensive experience in people development and the sport and recreation industry to the table.

The department is committed in helping State Sporting Association and Peak Industry Bodies manage and support people within their organisations. This is demonstrated in our human resource projects.

Human Resources Guide and Tool Kit

The Human Resources (HR) Guide and Tool Kit has many documents, policies and supporting templates, aimed at improving the level of human resources management within the sport and recreation industry in Western Australia.

Part of the HR Tool Kit is the Sport and Recreation Human Resources Guide. The guide provides a reference for the effective management of human resources within sport and recreation organisations. 


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Sport and Recreation Human Resources Guide

The Human Resources (HR) Guide and Tool Kit has many documents, policies and supporting templates, aimed at improving the level of human resources management within the sport and recreation industry in Western Australia.

Workplace health and safety

Changes will come into effect as a result of the national model Workplace Health and Safety Act (WHS) and it's likely that new WA laws will be in place later in 2013. As a result, sports are being urged to consider their duties under the act and how this will affect their organisations, their people and others.

The Australian Sports Commission has developed some resources for work health and safety reform to help sports plan and prepare for what they need to do to comply. You can also get general information from Safe Work Australia.

Human Resources Development Project

The Human Resource Development Project aims to provide significant support to sport and recreation organisations in key strategic challenge areas including:

  • Learning and workforce development within the sport and recreation industry.
  • Professional development of the workforce.
  • Providing information, tools and resources designed to attract and retain people within the industry.

The project will aim to achieve a holistic human resource approach towards people development and capacity building for the sport and recreation industry through delivering on the following five components:

Remuneration and benefits review

Bench-marking of marketplace information regarding salary and benefits within sport and recreation industry.

Professional governance development

Tailored program of learning and development targeting those in governance roles.

Human resources tool kit

Tailored human resources guidelines, policies and templates for use by sport and recreation organisations.

Professional development

Provision of workshops and development opportunities for industry.

State Sporting Associations Learning and Workforce Development Project

Apex Human Resources Consultancy was engaged by Future Now with the Department and the Western Australian Sports Federation to undertake the survey in 2010.

Please contact Aaron Morse to request a copy of the 2010 report/presentation.

In 2015 the department replicated the survey and the report will be available soon.

Recreation learning and workforce development

Identify the recreation industry learning and workforce development needs and priorities in Western Australia.

Workforce Development Planning System Project

The department engaged 46 State Sporting Associations (SSAs) to undertake the Workforce Development Planning process, including the development of a Workforce Development Plan.

For SSAs participating in the Workforce Development Planning Process a broad framework has been developed which covers the following 5 key pillars:

  1. Build workforce capacity by ensuring the ongoing identification of skills needed in State-wide sport and recreation organisations.
  2. Provide a better understanding of the roles and skills that will maximise delivery of sport with limited resources.
  3. Provide information and opportunities for paid employees and volunteers to access relevant training and professional development.
  4. Support state-wide sport and recreation organisations with attraction, retention and development activities.
  5. Provide advice on key learnings from working with the pilot organisations to share with industry.


The Workforce Development Planning System project has shown us that:

  • Direct, ongoing engagement with key SSA personnel has had a positive impact.
  • Leaders showed a preference towards realistic, workable plans addressing short to medium term needs while providing a framework to address future workforce needs.
  • A strong understanding of the strategic direction essential to guide workforce planning process.


Of the SSAs that have participated in the Workforce Development Planning project, the following outcomes were achieved:

  • All have workforce development plans in place.
  • Identification of key actions or strategies being implemented resulting from the planning process.
  • Reviews and or re-alignment of current staff responsibilities currently under way.
  • Strong emphasis on strategies for improving volunteer management.

More information

Manager - Industry Development
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300
Email the department

Page reviewed 16 October 2020