The department is focused on creating
environments to increase Aboriginal participation in organised sport and
active recreation as athletes, coaches, officials and administrators
from grassroots programs through to elite competition.
Participation in sport and recreation plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities. It provides a range of benefits including increase self esteem, social cohesion, better health and overall wellbeing.
The WAASC was convened by the former Department of Sport and Recreation in November 2016 to oversee and advise on the development of a new sport and culture agenda for Aboriginal people in WA.
There are six members, of which five are external appointments, namely Bruce Loo (Chair), Mick Albert, Michael Mitchell, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Clive Walley. Antoni Grover, Evan Stewart and Liz Toohey are representatives from the department.
The need for its establishment emerged through an extensive stakeholder engagement process which culminated in a discussion paper: Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Service Delivery: A Discussion Paper, May 2016, Department of Sport and Recreation. It followed
the Federal Government’s decision to cease support for the Aboriginal Sport Development Program (known nationally as the Indigenous Sport Program), which it had funded for around 20 years.
WA Aboriginal Sports Council Terms of Reference
This partnership delivers shared skills, knowledge, mentoring,
funding and resources to communities across the Great Southern region.
It provides staff with training and development, building community
capacity and sustainable services in regional communities.
Visit the Wirrpanda Foundation website for more information.
This partnership is a comprehensive lifestyle program that uses
basketball to build the capacity and skills of young people, in
particular Aboriginal youth, within the City of Swan. The program is
delivered from the Swan Park Leisure Centre, located in Midvale, to
develop the basketball skills of children four to 13 years. KKnH also
develops the skills of Aboriginal high school students aged 14 to 17
years by delivering basketball training to the younger children.
Visit Koya Aboriginal Corporation's Kaat, Koort N Hoops (KKnH) website for more information.
This partnership expands the Indigenous Lifestyle Development Project
increasing physical activity in the community through sport and active
recreation. It aims to increase community safety and wellbeing, and
improve health within each community.
Adrian BartlettProject OfficerEmail the GSAC Project Officer
The Western Desert program is delivered through a partnership with Newcrest Mining. Now in its sixth year it has helped develop Ngurra Kujungka Inc (formerly
Western Desert Sports Council) work with remote schools to run sports
carnivals and other activities in Aboriginal communities. Elders,
parents, children and other service providers are now intimately
involved in the program.
The program partners with State Sporting Associations (SSAs)
to encourage Aboriginal people to try new sports and join local clubs
and associations. This creates stronger community connections and
enables talented participants to be identified and supported to
participate at high performing levels.
Michael McMonigalNgurra Kujungka Program ManagerEmail the Ngurra Kujungka Program Manager
Additional support and funding for programs has been allocated
through a number of sports and associations to support the development
of programs and participants from the local community level, through to
elite athletes. Supporters include:
These key WA football carnivals involves members of the Aboriginal community at all levels including players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The carnivals encourage youth to actively participate in sport and understand how important
support roles are important to run successful teams. They help participants gain skills, play competitively and have the opportunity to be selected for development pathways.
More information about the Nicky Winmar Carnival and Kirby Bentley Cup.
Delivered by Netball WA, this
program increases opportunities for Aboriginal players to progress
through talent pathways from community participation to high performance
athletes, volunteers, coaches and administrators. Grassroots clubs gain
capacity to join mainstream competitions which increases cross-cultural
awareness, skill levels and accreditation opportunities.
The program also partners with Netball WA to run the successful annual NAIDOC Netball Carnival.
Supported by the department, the NAIDOC Netball Carnival
is a highlight of the netball calendar, where teams, officials,
volunteers and spectators come together to celebrate sport, cultural
diversity and friendship.
The 2018 Carnival attracted over 100 teams and 3000 spectators, with
funds raised going to the Aboriginal Grassroots Netball Program and
NAIDOC All-star team.
The NAIDOC Basketball Carnival is an initiative Basketball WA has
developed in partnership with the department. The carnival aims to
support increased participation in playing, coaching and umpiring while
celebrating the significant contribution Aboriginal people have made to
the Western Australian community.
For more information about the NAIDOC Basketball Carnival.
After obtaining conditional consent to use the Burswood site to construct the Optus Stadium,
the State drafted a Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan and Aboriginal
Engagement Strategy. Done in consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party
this ensures ongoing engagement, management and heritage protocols are
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government
initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen
and women aged 12 to 18 years. If successful, applicants will receive a
$500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation,
uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an
official national sporting organisation endorsed state, national or
international sporting champions or a School Sport Australia, State,
national or international championships.
The Australian Sports Commission provides more information on the Local Sporting Champions Program.
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