Each week thousands of Western Australians give their time to support sport and recreation activities in the community. Our industry wouldn't survive without them.

Sport grows around volunteers

Without volunteers there would be no clubs, no teams, no coaches and no oranges at halftime. Thank you for making sport and recreation possible.

The value of the sports volunteer

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Becoming a volunteer

There are many different types of activities you could do as a sport and recreation volunteer.


Recruiting volunteers

Recruiting volunteers into your organisation is important for its sustainability.

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Managing volunteers

A quick reference guide to managing your volunteers better.

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Retention of volunteers

Tips on effective ways to show you appreciate the work of your volunteers that will also contribute to a long term strategy for volunteer retention.

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Rewarding volunteers

Considerations and approaches to recognising and rewarding volunteers in terms of equity.

Strategic Directions 6: Vital Volunteers

The engagement of volunteers in sport and recreation is vital for the industry to thrive and deliver personal and social benefits. Sport and recreation organisations must devise responsive and accommodating approaches to recruit, support and retain the vital volunteer base which facilitates the delivery of sport and recreation activities.

Valuing volunteers in sport and recreation

Nationally, community sport and recreation relies on 2.3 million volunteers who contribute more than 180 million hours to running sport and recreation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in WA during 2010 there were 235,000 sport and recreation volunteers. Volunteers that create and sustain these organisations make a vital contribution to the needs of the community. 

Voluntary work is an enormous source of social capital and contributes directly to the growth and development of social networks and social cohesion within communities.

Volunteers also have a vital role to play in providing opportunities for all Western Australians to have physically active lifestyles.

Department's position on volunteers

The department of Sport and Recreation greatly values the significant contribution volunteers make to the sport and recreation industry and to the wider Western Australian community.

Position on volunteers

Education and training for volunteers

The Department recognises the importance of supporting and recognising volunteers so they feel valued and are able to fulfill the position they have been given. 

Education and training is a vital component of a good volunteer management program. Volunteers who are offered some form of training are more able to carry out their duties more comfortably and confidently and, as a result, more efficiently, which will in turn benefit their organisations.

The Department helps to provide education and training for volunteers in coaching, officiatingsports medicine and administrative and management programs.   

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Volunteer Management Guide

A guide to better recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers within sport and recreation organisations.

Workplace physical activity

Position on workplace physical activity/wellbeing.


Position statement on volunteers.
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The secret life of sport and recreation.

More information

Gemma Barrett
Project Officer
Telephone 61 8 9492 9620
Email Gemma Barrett

Page reviewed 25 March 2021