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
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.
The Community Engagement team are responsible for:
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 Community Engagement team.
When comparing structured sports to social physical activity, participation rates by CaLD people are relatively lower than people born in Australia.
Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds are now be able to participate in sport more easily, with the release of this Australian-first multicultural uniform guide.
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.
In 2021, 27.6% 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.
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.
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.
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