People development

The heart and soul of any organisation is its people, which is why the department places a strong emphasis on this aspect of capacity-building.

People are the essence of organisations

An effective people development strategy is important for organisations so they are able to react to the changing sport and recreation environment and develop people in effective ways to help achieve strategic objectives.  The Department is committed to working with State Sporting Associations (SSAs), peak bodies, clubs and Local Government Authorities through our Governance and Industry Development Team,  sports consultants and regional offices to support the sectors workforce, boards and volunteers.

We provide learning and development opportunities and information on a range of areas including:

  • governance practices and policies
  • risk management
  • coaching and officiating
  • human resources
  • human resource management
  • club development
  • volunteer management plans
  • aomen in leadership.

Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of sport and recreation in Western Australia.

Coaching

Behind every good athlete, there's bound to be a good coach.

Officiating

Officials are an essential part of sport.

Board members

Training and events for board members.

Human resources

Human resources for sport and recreation.

Professional development

Courses, events and pathways for professionals.

Human resources for sport and recreation

The department takes a proactive role in developing human resources for sport and recreation.

Surveys 

The department drives workforce development planning and facilitating surveys such as the Recreation Learning and Workforce Development Survey and Remuneration and Benefits Review to better understand the human resources needs of the industry.

Volunteers

The department values the significant contribution volunteers make to the sport and recreation industry and to the wider Western Australian community. Recognising the importance of supporting and recognising volunteers so they feel valued and are able to fulfill the position they have been given. Without volunteers, the sport and recreation industry will simply not be able to exist.

Coaching

The department supports the active involvement of well-trained, skilled and informed people delivering coaching services at community level through to supporting elite athletes. The department believes that the industry should have a strong focus on the on-going development of coaches and provide a pathway that is clear on the levels of coaching available and requirements for further advancement, for those who wish to progress and excel in coaching.

Officials

An official is someone who controls the actual play of a competition (e.g. umpire, referee, or judge) and administers the rules and laws of the sport to ensure the proper conduct of a sporting fixture in a safe environment. The Department supports the active involvement of people performing the role of an official and is committed to raising the profile, expertise and experience of officials in Western Australia.

Courses and careers

Right now there's never been a better time to start planning a future in the industry as there are a range of factors that are contributing to a steady demand for skilled professionals. With a range of pathways, the sector offers a range of careers that impact positively on people's lives by contributing to their health and wellbeing in addition to building stronger, happier, healthier and safer communities.

Diversity in sport and recreation

A career in the sport and recreation industry involves working with a range of different individuals including those that may come from different backgrounds and or situations than that of yours. These individuals may include people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups and people with disability.

People with disability are becoming involved in sport and recreation at an increasing rate, from grass roots participation to elite sport (Paralympics). This provides a range of opportunities for sport professionals to fast track their careers and gain valuable experience within the area of disability sport and recreation at all levels.

As these new opportunities arise there is a demand for sports administrators, sports managers, coaches, and officials to fill these exciting roles. It is important to note that all positions listed in this document in the areas of sport and recreation industry sections are also relevant career options in disability sport and recreation.

In addition to these roles, there are also specific disability sport jobs primarily in the area of sport development that focus solely on creating sport and recreation participation opportunities for people with a disability.

More information

Samantha Shields
Senior Project Officer
Governance and Industry Development
Telephone 61 8 9492 9755
Email Samantha Shields 

Tony Amoroso
Support Project Officer
Governance and Industry Development
Telephone 61 8 9492 9617
Email Tony Amoroso

Page reviewed 23 July 2019