People and industry 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
  • women in leadership.

Professional development

Human resources for sport and recreation

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

Manager Industry Development
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Telephone 61 8 6552 7300
Email the Department

Page reviewed 02 September 2022