Community inclusion

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability.

The department uses a community development approach to ensure all community members have an equal opportunity to take part in sport and active recreation. This approach means the community's needs, goals and aspirations become the key drivers behind what they do and how they do it.

Supporting inclusion around the State

The department works to increase participation in sport and active recreation by low socio-economic communities including key low participation groups such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD), Aboriginal, people with disability, seniors and youth.

Our inclusion officers work with communities and sport and recreation organisations to development opportunities and identify projects which assist to develop inclusive environments and increase participation in sport and recreation.  

Inclusion officers

Inclusion officers are responsible for:

  • Working with the community to establish projects that encourage increased sport and active recreation participation.
  • Supporting organisations to develop inclusive sport and active recreation environments and to foster inclusive practices.
  • Building relationships with government, non-government agencies and service providers to create and deliver community based inclusive projects.
  • Facilitating education/training to community organisations to encourage participation in sport and recreation and inclusive practices.
  • Developing resources that promote community participation in sport and active recreation.

To find out more about what's happening in your area of the State and how you can develop and promote inclusive sport and active recreation, please contact the inclusion officer in your area.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups (CaLD)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) refers to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that form part of our community.  It includes groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language and ethnicity.

Sharing our cultural heritages

In 2016, 28.5% of Australians were born overseas. Only half of Western Australians who were born in non-English speaking countries participate in an organised physical activity – that is, have memberships at local and state sporting clubs. However, many more are actively involved in social sports at school, in parks, with youth groups and with family and friends.

Sporting associations and clubs have a great opportunity to expand their membership, by encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to join and share their unique cultural heritage with other members.

Members of the CaLD community

To find a CaLD community group in your area, you may like to start by checking this  list of local service providers and their contact details or for information about other service providers in Western Australia, contact the department. 


New and emerging communities
Small ethnic groups who have recently settled in Australia and often lack the family networks, support systems, community structures and resources that make up established communities.

Individual who has left their own country and is unable, or unwilling to return, due to fear of being victimised because of ethnicity, religion, nationality, certain social connections or political opinion.

Migrant and immigrant
Individuals who move to another country with the intention of settling permanently. The terms migrant and immigrant are used interchangeably within Australia.

Inclusive organisations directory

A list of Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) sport and recreation service providers:

Abruzzo & Molise Sporting Club

30 Brook Road, Wattle Grove WA 6107
Facebook @abruzzomolisewa

Australian Asian Association of WA Inc

Australia Asia House, 275 Stirling Street, Perth WA 6000
Telephone 61 8 9328 1160

Centrecare Inc

456 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000
Telephone 61 8 9325 6644

Communicare Inc

28 Cecil Avenue, Cannington WA 6107
Telephone 61 8 9251 5777

Edmund Rice Centre

Unit 18 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka WA 6061
Telephone 61 8 9440 0625

Fremantle Multicultural Centre Inc

241-243 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Telephone 61 8 9336 8282

*The Multicultural Centre also has offices in Cockburn, East Perth, Mirrabooka, Mandurah, North Lake Senior Campus, Kwinana.

Integrated Services Centre (Koondoola and Thornlie)

Koondoola Primary School and Thornlie Primary School

ISHAR – Multicultural Women’s Health Centre

21 Sudbury Road, Mirrabooka WA 6061
Telephone 61 8 9345 5335

Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc

9/24 Chesterfield Road, Mirrabooka WA 6061
Telephone 61 8 9345 5755

Multicultural Services Centre of WA Inc

20 View Street, North Perth WA 6006
Telephone 61 8 9328 2699

Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)

Ground Floor, 1127 Albany Hwy, Bentley WA 6102
Telephone 61 8 9451 5696

Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre

Albany Family House, 219 North Road, Albany WA 6330
Telephone 61 8 9841 8254

South Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre

241-243 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Telephone 08 9335 9588

The Gowrie (WA) Inc Karawara

61 Lowan Loop, Karawara WA 6152
Phone 61 8 9312 8200

The Gowrie (WA) Inc Kewdale

23 Paterson Road, Kewdale WA 6105
Phone 61 8 9361 8543

The Gowrie (WA) Inc Leeming

Corner Aulberry Parade and Farrington Road, Leeming WA 6169
Phone 61 8 9310 5855

Western Australian Council of Social Service Inc

City West Lotteries House 2 Delhi Street, West Perth WA 6005
Telephone 61 8 9420 7222

Women’s Health and Family Services

227 Newcastle Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Telephone 61 8 6330 5400

More information

Leederville office

246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300
Page reviewed 16 June 2021