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.   

Workplace physical activity

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The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries encourages workplaces to have an appropriate corporate health and wellbeing program available for their staff. The benefits to the employer of implementing a successful workplace health and wellbeing program cannot be undervalued.


Over 10 million Australians spend an average of eight hours per day in the workplace. The department recognises that initiatives targeted at the workplace provide a unique opportunity to access a large portion of the adult population (in particular high risk groups), achieve improved physical activity levels and health outcomes, provide participation and lifestyle change opportunities in a supportive environment and ultimately enhance the quality of life of Western Australians.

Key factors

There has been significant increases in the prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and lifestyle disease in Australia and worldwide. Over the past 50 years, the nature of work and the work-life balance have changed. Today’s working environment contributes to the inactive lifestyles and high levels of stress. The workplace is a key setting to promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of Western Australians and improving the wellness of workers is a vital social and economic priority.

Effective workplace health programs have been shown to improve the health and wellbeing of employees and facilitate organisational changes, such as reduced absenteeism and increased productivity. Further benefits include

  • Increased worker morale and engagement
  • Increased team cohesion
  • Improved corporate and recruitment image
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Decrease in workplace injuries and associated expenses.


Workplaces require a comprehensive, integrated approach to health promotion in the workplace that enhances the workplace culture and environment and is supported by strong leadership and vision. In today’s workplaces, in order to promote and improve health and wellbeing, the focus should be on the individual, the workplace environment and the people management practices of the organisation.

When implementing a workplace health and well-being program one should:

  • Ensure senior and middle management are committed to the program;
  • Integrate the program with the organisation’s goals and policies;
  • Consult with staff for program planning;
  • Promote safe environments; and
  • Provide participation opportunities and activity sessions.

Implementing workplace health and wellbeing programs can be easy and inexpensive. Examples include;

  • Physical health – organised walks at lunchtime, promoting active travel to meetings and implementing healthy eating policies and food choices;
  • Mental health – yoga, massages, reflexology and meditation; and
  • Educational workshops – exercise and nutrition, mental health, equity and diversity management, resilience and stress management.


Manager Human Resources
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Sport and Recreation
Telephone 61 8 9492 9700

Useful Websites

Healthier Workplace WA


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Grant Trew
Team Leader – Organisational Development
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Telephone 61 8 9492 9753
Email Grant Trew

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