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

Through its focus on people development, the Department is committed to working with State Sporting Associations (SSAs), peak bodies, local governments through our sports consultants and regional offices to support our industry.

We provide advice and information on:

  • Professional development
  • Managing people
  • Workforce development
  • Consultancy and advisory
  • Learning and development
  • Human resources management.


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


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


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.


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.

Advisory group 

The Human Resources Industry Advisory Group (HRIAG) continues to play a key role in supporting the industry in the development of their paid and unpaid workforce and provides a forum to share information and act as advisors to sport and recreation on developing strategies and initiatives to increase the industry’s people capabilities.


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.


Coaches and Officials Advisory Group

Recently the two advisory groups for coaching and officiating coordinated by the Department were merged into one group called the Coaches and Officials Advisory Group (COAG). The role of COAG is to act as an advisory group to develop strategies and initiatives to educate, train, recruit, recognise and promote coaches and officials at all levels within Western Australia.


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.

More information on officials

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.

Professional development

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

Aaron Morse
Project Officer – Organisation Development
Telephone 61 8 9492 9758
Email Aaron Morse

Page reviewed 09 May 2020