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Hon Norman Moore, MLC

Minister for Sport and Recreation

In accordance with Section 62 of the Financial Administration and Audit Act 1985, I hereby submit for your information and presentation to Parliament the annual report for the Ministry of Sport and Recreation for the period 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2000.

R Alexander

Chief Executive Officer August 2000


ISSN 1035-8366

Report from the Chief Executive Officer 3

Sport and Recreation Portfolio 5

Corporate Overview 6

Strategic Intent 7

Highlights for the Year 8

The Year in Review

Infrastructure 9

Organisational Development 18

Community Development and Leadership 25

Corporate Management 42

Corporate Legislation and Compliance 49

Sponsors 55

Regional Customer Service Delivery 57 Sports Lottery Account Approvals 61 Community Sporting and

Recreation Facilities Fund Approvals 66

Financial Statements 68

Performance Indicators 93



As a result of the strategic review of the Ministry, which the Minister for Sport and Recreation initiated in 1998, this year has been very much a year in transition. Responding to the recommendations in the review, as they relate to both the structural aspects of the portfolio and general functioning of the agency, has been a significant challenge.

Consolidation has been effectively achieved within the portfolio with the

functions of the several satellite agencies, for example the Coaching Foundation, Aboriginal Foundation for Sport and Recreation and the North West Academy of Sport, all now integrated into Ministry operations.

Gender issues have assumed greater prominence across the Ministry’s operations as a result of the establishment of the Active Women unit.

Additionally, the Ministry is now providing executive support for the Western Australian Sport and Recreation Council. This allows for a more cohesive relationship with the Minister for Sport and Recreation’s policy advisory body. The Ministry has embraced the six areas, identified in the Council’s ‘Strategic Directions (1999-2002)1 , in its operational and planning frameworks.

Within the Ministry a significant restructure has been completed during the year. The new structure detailed in this report enables a more focused Statewide service delivery and supports an improved policy, planning and research capability. Despite the demands of this re-structure the Ministry has managed to maintain and enhance delivery of a range of services. The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund has again supported over $25 million in investment through the $8 million contribution of the State Government. $8.8 million was made available to sport and recreation organisations through the Sport Lottery Account.

Program initiatives in the areas of coaching, indigenous sport, officials in sport, volunteers and drugs in sport are some of our excellent efforts to build a strong participation and achievement ethos across Western Australia.

With the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics later this year I wish all Western Australians involved, whether as an athlete, coach, official or administrator, every success. The strong representation of Western Australians in the team is a great testament to the strength and vibrancy of our industry.

Beyond working towards being more relevant to our target audiences, the Ministry’s ultimate aim is to achieve more active communities.


An example of the strategic partnerships established during the year was a collaboration between the Ministry, the Health Department and the University of Western Australia to undertake the most comprehensive Statewide survey (3167 persons) of physical activity levels in Western Australia. The outcome of this survey will provide a strong platform from which to develop further physical activity strategies.

The level of physical inactivity of Western Australians remains a major issue and challenge in our community. I am committed to partner other agencies and disciplines like health, transport, local government and education, to develop strategies to create a more physically active Western Australia.

Ron Alexander

Chief Executive Officer August 2000




Ministry of Sport and Recreation

Chief Executive Officer Ron Alexander

Western Australian Sport and Recreation

Council 1 Sport and Recreation Services Rob Clement Program and resource development Consultancy services to the sport and recreation industry

Sports Lottery Account grants management

Regions and Facilities

Karen Caple

Statewide service delivery:

Statewide facilities planning

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

Strategic Policy and Planning Graham Brimage

Strategic Research, partnerships and planning

Executive support to the WA Sport and Recreation Council Policy development for the industry

Communications Corporate and Business Services Peter Duffy Financial management and administration Human resource management Information management Executive Support WA Institute of Sport 2 WA Sport Centre Trust Boxing Commission 3 Recreation Camps and Reserve Board 4

State trails coordination

Recreational camps: Central South, Gascoyne Goldfields, Great Southern

Kimberley, Midlands Mid West, Peel Pilbara, South West

Bickley, Ern Halliday Noalimba, Pt Walter Tone River, Quaranup Woodman Point


The Ministry of Sport and Recreation is committed to developing a comprehensive, strong and diverse sport and recreation system in Western Australia that is easily accessible, encourages maximum participation and develops talent.

Vision: To have:

High quality INFRASTRUCTURE in which people enjoy sport and recreation Well managed ORGANISATIONS in the sport and recreation industry

Skilled and informed PEOPLE delivering sport and recreation services in the community


Enhance the lifestyle of Western Australians through their participation and achievement in sport and recreation



The Ministry has embraced the Western Australian Sport and Recreation Council’s document Strategic Directions (1999–2002)2 as a basis for its new strategic intent. The major objectives are based on the following seven key areas:

Industry development — to provide leadership and advocacy for the sport

and recreation industry

Participation — to support the Statewide provision of a diversity of

participation opportunities

High performance — to support the development of a cohesive and

coordinated high performance system in WA

Developing organisations — to support sport and recreation service

providers to achieve governance standards and organisation effectiveness consistent with contemporary business standards

Infrastructure — to support Statewide sport and recreation facilities/

amenities provision, enabling diversity of participation opportunities

Developing people — to have skilled and informed people involved in sport

and service delivery

Internal management — to have an organisation culture that is

accountable, responsive and relevant to the sport and recreation industry whilst effectively implementing State Government policy.


■ Provision of $8.5 million for capital works projects through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

■ $435,000 allocated in Sports Lottery Country Package grants to support the development of country sport

■ Active 2000 sport and recreation industry conference

■ Presentation of the inaugural sport and recreation industry awards

■ Formation of Outdoors WA as the new peak body for outdoor recreation and education

■ Establishment of a high performance program for talented athletes in the North West through the Academy of Sport program

■ Extension of Sportsfun into ten regional high schools

■ Promotion and integration of gender issues throughout the agency through the establishment of the Active Women unit

■ Launch of an ‘Officials breakfast club’ to promote the role of officials in sport ■ Wildcats championship (three week) tour of regional communities as part of

the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

■ Promotion of desert football through the Rio Tinto Cup match as part of the indigenous sports program

■ Launch of Walk Friendly initiative

■ Comprehensive survey on the physical activity of West Australians in partnership with UWA and the Health Department

■ Transition to an IBM environment and establishment of a framework for the delivery of a Statewide technology and communications system


Access to top quality sport and recreation facilities is one factor affecting participation rates. The Ministry works closely with community organisations, local governments and other key bodies throughout the State to improve the availability, standard and management of sporting and recreational facilities throughout the State.




The CSRFF program provides financial assistance to community organisations and local governments to develop well-planned infrastructure for sport and recreation. Through the provision of infrastructure the program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation.

Each year, approximately $8 million is committed to capital projects over a three-year period, with grants of up to one third of the total project cost made available. In the 1999/2000 financial year, more than 200 grants totalling $9,394,526 were approved for projects expected to be completed prior to 30 June 2003. Of these, grants totalling $6,127,230 were allocated to projects in regional Western Australia, representing 65.1% of the total funds available.

Approvals per region

Region Total of approved % of total funds

grants $ allocated Kimberley 1,600,214 17.0 Pilbara 645,655 6.8 Gascoyne 38,000 0.4 Mid West 222,067 2.4 Midlands 1,288,528 13.7 Central South 242,257 2.6 South West 583,933 6.2 Great Southern 748,981 7.9 Goldfields 108,938 1.2 Peel 648,657 6.9 Metropolitan 3,267,296 34.9 Total 9,394,526 100.0 NOTE:

Total Approvals exceed the allocations referred to in the 1999/2000 Budget Statements because they relate to projects which may span several years.

The difference is also generated by the reallocation of funds where projects have not proceeded or have not required the full amount of the grant allocated.

In the 1999/2000 financial year the Ministry made payments for committed grants to 197 community projects through the CSRFF program. This represents payments to community organisations and local governments totalling in excess of $10 million.


Financial support from CSRFF, a treasury trust fund administered by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, has enabled the completion of a number of outstanding leisure facilities in the 1999/2000 financial year. Some examples include:

■ The Newdegate Indoor Recreation Centre, Shire of Lake Grace ■ Redevelopment of the Geraldton Aquatic Centre

■ Bay of Isles Leisure Centre, Shire of Esperance ■ Gnowangerup Indoor Recreation Centre ■ Altone Water Playground, City of Swan ■ Ballajura Aquatic Centre, City of Swan ■ Northam Country Club, Town of Northam

Emergency Relief Funding

In the wake of tropical cyclones Vance and Rosita, emergency relief funding totalling $190,477 was allocated to 29 projects to assist with repairs to damaged sport and recreational facilities.

Emergency relief funding for the 1999/2000 financial year LGA Number of projects Funds allocated

Shire of Moora 5 36,700 Shire of Ashburton 2 3,666 Shire of Exmouth 14 98,647 Shire of Broome 8 51,464

In addition to the provision of emergency relief to the local governments outlined above, an emergency relief reserve fund of $80,000 has been established to enable the immediate provision of emergency funding in the future.



The Ministry continues to promote strategic recreation planning as the first step in facility planning. Consultancy work continued with local governments across the State to encourage and facilitate the preparation of local recreation plans. The publication of a sample study brief in the revised Recreation Planning Guide in December 1999 provided impetus in this area.

In addition, in 1999/2000 the following local governments were funded through CSRFF to undertake strategic planning projects:

$ 1. City of Fremantle – local recreation plan 7,800 2. Shire of Boddington – local recreation plan 5,000 3. Shire of Chittering – local and regional facilities plan 4,000 4. Shire of Esperance – local leisure plan 4,000 5. Shire of Halls Creek – local sport and recreation plan 5,000 6. Shire of Kulin – local and district recreation plan 8,783 7. Town of Northam – Avon regional recreation plan 10,000

In December 1999, the Ministry of Sport and Recreation compiled an inventory of local and regional recreation plans that indicated substantial achievement in local and regional planning over the past 12 months.

Further to the completion of regional plans in the south eastern, south western and northern corridors of the metropolitan area, these regional recreation groups have commenced the implementation phase. Summary documents were published for the north metropolitan region sport and recreation facilities strategy plan and the south east regional sport and recreation strategy plan.


In December 1999 the Ministry, in consultation with key stakeholders, updated its report of September 1998, on the profile of Western Australia’s current and potential major sporting facility needs. It had been prepared to assist with the strategic planning of major sporting facilities in Western Australia. An emphasis has been placed on national and international facilities given the considerable number of projects and limited financial resources available.

This report complements local and regional plans being prepared by local governments throughout the State in association with the Ministry of Sport and Recreation and the Ministry for Planning.

Over the next 12 months the Ministry plans to develop a comprehensive State facilities plan to recommend a program of development over future years.


Combined, these plans will comprise a ‘framework’ for sport and recreation facility provision, as recommended by the Western Australian Sport and Recreation Council in the “Strategic directions for Western Australian sport and recreation (1999–2002)” 3.

Baseball facility feasibility study

In April 2000, the Ministry of Sport and Recreation commissioned a study to assess the feasibility of developing a home base facility for baseball in Western Australia to accommodate both the short and long-term needs of the sport. The feasibility study evaluated six location options. The TAB account made $10,000 available to cover the cost of the feasibility study. A final report is due to be presented to the Minister in August 2000.

South West Sports Centre

In January 2000 an agreement between the State of Western Australia and the City of Bunbury was signed to construct a regional recreation and aquatic centre at Hay Park — the South West Sports Centre (SWSC). The centre will provide infrastructure to accommodate both local sport and recreation needs and develop high performance sport in the South West region.

The project is estimated to cost $10 million and is due for completion in

September 2001. The State Government will contribute $5 million; $2 million from CSRFF and $3 million from capital works funding. The remaining $5 million will be provided by the City of Bunbury.

The SWSC project includes both new works and renovations/improvements to the existing Bunbury Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Motor sport complex

A new $16 million motor sport complex is currently being constructed in Kwinana to accommodate the sports of speedway and drag racing. Various management options for the complex are being assessed and will consider the interests of the WA Sports Centre Trust, the WA Speedway Commission and the private sector.

Perth hockey stadium redevelopment

The Perth hockey stadium has been given approval of funding for a major extension and upgrade to the hockey stadium at Curtin University to enable it to comply with standards required by the Federation Internationale de Hockey to host the world women’s hockey championships in October 2002. The project is estimated to cost approximately $4 million.


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC)

The Ministry was invited onto the PCEC Taskforce and associated Project Team Group late in 1999, as a result of a Stadium component being added to the project. The rectangular stadium component will accommodate a range of sport and community activities upon completion.



On behalf of the Western Australian Sport and Recreation Council, the Ministry managed a review of the planning and management issues that impact on joint provision or shared use of sport and recreation facilities by schools and local government.

Chaired by the Honourable Barry House MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, the review group comprised stakeholders from key State Government agencies, local government and community organisations.

The review group is expected to finalise its report to the Council in August/ September 2000.


Planning together for joint development and shared use of school and community facilities (October 1999)

This issues paper raises awareness of local planning processes undertaken by local government and the Education Department of WA, and highlights the benefits of integrated planning.

Focus on Service Specifications (November 1999)

This paper examines how to develop a specification for sport and recreation services and explores the extent to which specifications can benefit purchasers and providers.

Recreation Planning Guide — revised version (December 1999)

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation originally published and distributed this guide in 1997 to assist local government in undertaking recreation planning studies. The revised version includes some minor text updates and a sample study brief.


Focus on alternative options for facility enclosure (February 2000)

This paper looks at air (inflatable) structures, tension membrane structures, inflated roof structures and fixed and retractable structures as fast, effective and durable options for enclosing sport and recreation facilities.

Case study series (March 2000)

The case study series provides examples of best practice in facility planning, management and design. These succinct papers highlight a range of innovative approaches to strategic planning, joint provision and cost effective construction. The first seven in the series include:

1. Rocko Skate Park

2. Altone Park Recreation Centre 3. Waroona Indoor Aquatic Centre 4. Leeming Recreation Centre 5. Altone Park Sports Pavilion 6. Dalwallinu Aquatic Centre 7. Shire of Swan Leisure Plan


Planning Local Recreation Provision,

Rugby Union Headquarters (Perry Lakes), Friday 23 July 1999

This forum, attended by 40 industry personnel, examined a number of different approaches that have been adopted for recreation planning. Six case studies of current and recently completed plans were presented.

Facilitation Skills Training Seminar,

Australian Institute of Management, Tuesday 29 February 2000

The aim of this seminar was to up-skill industry personnel in facilitating focus groups and other community meetings within the context of service planning, facility planning, organisational planning and community development. 51 people attended.

CERM Seminar,

Australian Institute of Management, Friday 30 June 2000

The Centre for Environmental and Recreation Management (CERM), based at the University of South Australia in conjunction with the Ministry presented a free industry seminar titled “Living and Learning With Comparisons”. The seminar, attended by 20 industry personnel, looked at how Western Australia’s recreation



Trailswest, an initiative of the Ministry, oversees trail development in Western Australia. Trailswest has fostered the development of regional trail groups that bring together community members and peak user groups. Trails groups have been formed in the Great Southern, South West, Mid West and Peel regions and have all been successful in obtaining funding for the development of regional trail master plans. New “friends of the trail” groups have been formed in Margaret River, Meelup, Nannup, Manjimup, Greenough, Gosnells, Jarrahdale and Perth. The peak user groups with whom Trailswest has a strong working relationship are the WA Bushwalking Federation, the WA Mountain Bike Association and the Equestrian Landcare Association.

Highlights of the year have included:

State trails conference

The sixth annual State Trails Conference was held at the Challenge Stadium, Wembley in October 1999. The conference was opened by Arthur Marshall, MLA and attended by 100 delegates, including interstate and overseas representatives. The conference theme was “Building the Dream” and focused on issues related to the planning, construction, management and promotion of recreation trails.

Regional trail group seminar

This popular annual seminar is conducted by Trailswest at the Tone River

recreation camp and is targeted at committee members of regional and local trail groups, “friends of the trail” groups and peak user groups (walk/bike/ride). The seminar provided information and training to community groups to enhance their effectiveness and the May 2000 seminar focused on volunteer management, successful grant applications and trails classification.

State trails inventory

The second edition of the State Trails Inventory, listing over 600 trails, was released in February 2000. This inventory provides basic details, and a point of contact for further information for all non-motorised recreation trails throughout the State. The inventory is updated annually and it is intended that the next edition will also be available electronically via the Ministry’s web site.

Trails funding program

The Trailswest trails funding program, sponsored by the Lotteries Commission of WA, has been developed to provide financial assistance to trail groups and other organisations to pursue the planning and development of recreation trails. The assistance can be up to $50,000 per project.


Total funds approved for trails funding for the financial year 1999/2000 amounted to $501,003 spread over 29 grants. The majority of the applications were from local governments and the remainder from other sources including regional trail groups, bike/walk/ride user groups and local/regional tourist bureaux. Funding was provided for the purposes of construction of trails (74%), upgrade of existing trails (22%) and promotion (4%).

Most funding went to regional areas, as follows: $ Great Southern 45,760 South West 57,990 Central South 35,700 Midwest 4,750 Goldfields 5,000 Gascoyne 26,900 Peel 23,223 Midlands 90,000 Kimberley 50,000 Pilbara 25,000

Metro (including Bibbulmun Track) 136,680

TOTAL $501,003

A total of $1.5 million has now been allocated to trail development across the State. These grants are matched on a dollar for dollar basis by the applicant which means that effectively, three million dollars has now been invested in the State trails network. The regional development benefits of this investment, together with the user and tourism benefits, will become apparent as the trails are completed and become operational.


The Minister for Sport and Recreation has responsibility for, through the

Recreation Camps and Reserves Board (RCRB), the administration of seven camps and two reserves throughout the State. A separate annual report outlines this area of our operation but it is of relevance to note here a summary of activities.

The camps continue to provide a range of low cost accommodation for sport and recreation, community, and family groups. Increasingly the camps also deliver programs that maximise opportunities for the public to participate in physical activity. Programs offered include abseiling, canoeing, bushwalking, archery, beach activity, and orienteering. Replacement of facilities and equipment remains a high priority at all camps with the new climbing tower at Ern Halliday Camp


By working with its partners in the sport and recreation industry, the Ministry is helping to improve the management standards, financial viability and operational efficiency of those organisations involved in delivering sport and recreation. The Ministry is leading the industry to help shape new


The Ministry recognises the importance of sound organisational development for sport and recreation organisations by providing education through publications, seminars and consultancy support to organisations at various levels. It maintained a consultancy staff of ten officers who worked with the peak sporting and

recreational agencies. The aim of the consultancy was to develop policy and procedures to facilitate better decision-making within these agencies. The key areas involved in this process were:

Management – areas included strategic planning, business planning, finance,

resource and risk management

Governance – areas included board performance, constitution/incorporation

matters and organisational structure

Change management – including research, evaluation and review

Policy development and implementation – including establishing best practice

and compliance systems.


Term Business Agreements

A total of $1,081,191 was allocated in funding to eight sporting organisations on the basis of three year term business agreements. Three of these underwent final evaluation since the term of the agreement was finalised before July 2000. These evaluations were positive and agreements were renewed. Consultants worked with these organisations and negotiated the agreements.

Business Plans

A total of $1,883,660 was allocated to 47 sporting organisations through the business plan process. Consultants, working with these organisations, assisted in the development and implementation of the plans.


Partnerships were developed with the WA Sports Federation, the WA branch of Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and various sport foundations to develop education and training opportunities for the industry. This included a series entitled ‘Sport and the Law’ conducted with ANZSLA and the WA Sport Federation; ‘coaching female athletes’ with the Coaching Foundation as well

Organisational Development


A “Better Safer Clubs” resource was distributed widely and used by many clubs and associations to implement a simple risk assessment audit of their operations. This form of self-assessment encourages and supports best practice and continuous improvement models, and helps lead the industry to better management.

Sport Development Forum

The Sport Development Forum held nine forums over the last year with an average attendance of fifteen members. The Forum targets development officers within sports providing them with opportunities for information sharing and networking along with professional development sessions held during the year. The forum also provides the Ministry’s consultants with the opportunity to meet with sport representatives from the State associations.

Three professional development sessions were held for members dealing with the media, the impact of current research on development officers and cultural awareness in sport.

A review of the role of the Sport Development Forum has commenced and will be finalised in the next financial year.

Drugs in Sport

The objective of the State Government is to minimise the incidence of doping practices in Western Australian sport. It is doing this through a comprehensive strategy that includes:

■ legislative base

■ policy development and implementation ■ education programs.

The State Government has prepared draft legislation to allow for drug testing of competitors at or near State open selection. In conjunction with the legislation a Western Australian Drugs in Sport Policy has been formulated. This policy outlines the various roles and responsibilities of the State Government and of State sporting organisations. A comprehensive $300,000 three year education program for the sporting community has been established by Sports Medicine Australia (WA Branch) supported by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation,


Underwater Recreational Diving Inquiry

Following extensive growth in this increasingly popular leisure activity in WA, the Minister for Sport and Recreation appointed a taskforce to:

■ Develop recommendations on practices and overall management of the recreational diving industry

■ Examine coordination and communication amongst industry stakeholders ■ Develop recommendations on information and data for industry monitoring ■ Consider related matters contributing to improved safety and sustainability/

viability of the recreational diving industry

A comprehensive review, including a draft report seeking public comment, has been completed with a final report to be presented to the Minister in August 2000.

Goods and Services Tax

To support sport and recreation organisations across the State, the Ministry was proactive in scheduling more than 100 information and education briefings to encourage preparations for introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). A close working relationship was forged with Sport Australia, the Western Australian Sports Federation and local governments to assist in a smooth transition to the introduction of the GST.

Child Protection

A key emerging risk management issue for sport and recreation organisations is child protection. It is incumbent on service providers to provide a safe environment for players, coaches, referees and spectators to meet ‘duty of care’ obligations, particularly as that relates to the risk of child abuse.

With extensive industry input a resource has been developed for distribution throughout the sport and recreation industry. The resource has a step-by-step guide for organisations to develop policy and procedures for child protection.


Academy of Sport Program

The Ministry’s Academy of Sport program was launched in February 2000.

The Academy has been established as a result of the Ministry’s decision to absorb the functions of the North West Academy of Sport. The program promotes

opportunities for talented athletes in regional Western Australia. The program is administered by the Ministry and delivered by State sporting associations. A pilot program, implemented in the State’s North West, has been accessed by 225 athletes, coaches and officials. A total of $23,400 was granted to State sporting associations for the following programs:

■ Talent identification program (swimming, football, gymnastics, cricket, netball)

■ Awarding of 20 scholarships (swimming, football, gymnastics, cricket) ■ Implementation of a coach mentor program (swimming, football) ■ Intensive training camps (swimming, gymnastics, cricket) ■ Exposure to high quality competition (football, cricket) ■ Mentor and athlete visitor program (netball).

Challenge Achievements Pathways in Sport (CAPS)

CAPS is a youth leadership skills development program designed to encourage youth participation within sporting clubs and State sporting associations. Participants develop valuable skills in a variety of sport pathways such as administration, coaching, management, officiating, sports health and participation. Participants receive recognition from their sport, along with developing lifelong skills and networks in their sport.

The program experienced an increase in participants across all sports over the last year. CAPS coordinators held quarterly meetings with a majority of the 12 State coordinators.

CAPS became a part of the Active Australia project in March 1999, which further strengthened its commitment to increasing the participation of young Australians in physical activity.

Soccer Review

The Government appointed task force into the review of soccer in Western Australia released its report in November 1999. The task force comprised senior commissioner Gavin Fielding as chairman, Ms Lydia Dowse and Mr Lloyd Stewart.


After consultation with the soccer community 13 recommendations were made in the report, based around the formation of a new organisation Soccer Western Australia.

Recommendations made in the report are being implemented, and together with support from the soccer community, ensure a strong future for the sport of soccer in Western Australia.

State Sporting Association Grants for the (1999) International Year of Older Persons (IYOP)

The Seniors Sport Participation Scheme was introduced during the IYOP to encourage State sporting associations to extend their provision of service to include opportunities for seniors to participate.

The grants of up to $4,000 were made available in two rounds. The first total amount of $36,115 approved in April 1999 and in the second round of $23,308 was approved in September.

Twenty-seven associations and organisations received grants for a diverse range of programs and projects including: safe cycling, taekwondo, bowls instruction, seniors hockey, masters canoeing regatta, seniors volleyball, social tennis, gentle gym, diving, roller skating and squash.

A number of these associations will now be seen at the Seniors Have A Go Day to be held at Burswood Park in November 2000.


In 2000, 64 secondary and 75 primary schools took part in the Sportsfun program. This equates to approximately 1,400 secondary students receiving training in coach education and just over 4,000 primary students being involved in some form of structured physical activity and sport education.

In 2000 a partnership was developed with Healthway to extend the Sportsfun program into regional areas that have not previously been involved in the program or have not run the program for some time. The ‘Smarter than Smoking Sportsfun Program’ was conducted in ten district high schools, with most of these schools committing to establish the program in 2001.

Again Year 12 physical education students were the main target group of the program. Many WA schools are utilising the Sportsfun program as a way to increase the organisational skills and leadership opportunities of their students.



Outdoors WA became the new peak body for the outdoor recreation and education sector in February 2000. The new body evolved over the previous 12 months, with cooperation from all groups in the outdoor sector and considerable support from the Ministry. Outdoors WA is the result of a merger between the former Outdoor Recreation Council of Western Australia, the Camping and Outdoor Education Association of WA, the Adventure Industry Association, and the Edith Cowan University Graduate Network.

Peak body alliances

The Ministry facilitated workshops and discussions with recreation sector peak bodies to explore opportunities for closer alliances. These forums are continuing and are expected to improve cohesiveness within and cooperation between the sectors.

Strategic planning

The need for sport and recreation organisations to develop strategic plans was highlighted in Strategic Directions for Western Australian Sport and Recreation (1999-2002)4. The Ministry facilitated strategic planning processes for Parks and

Leisure Australia [WA Region], Fitness WA, the WA Arts, Sport and Recreation Industry Training Council, Outdoors WA and the Midvale Speed Dome. These strategic plans provide pathways for the respective organisations to grow over the next few years.


Community Development

and Leadership

All communities should have equal access to the benefits associated with physical activity. The Ministry is working hard to develop the leadership skills and ability of people who are delivering and facilitating sport and recreation in the community as a whole. This work takes place Statewide with the Ministry’s regional managers working closely with local governments to raise the profile of sport and



The main focus of the Country Package is to provide financial support for several aspects of sport development initiatives within regional communities.

A total of $435,095 was approved in 1999/2000 for 410 successful applicants to support the development of country sport. Of this, approximately 70% was allocated to organisational development plans and the remainder to different categories such as education, player development, travel to regional competitions and hosting events.

The following table represents a comparative breakdown of funding approvals in 1998/99 and 1999/2000. 1998/1999 1999/2000 $ % $ % Development plans 303,172 68 302,406 70 Education 14,007 3 20,307 5 Hosting competitions 16,170 4 15,858 4 Player development 39,872 9 27,796 7 Scholarships 33,406 8 41,550 8 Travel 33,242 8 27,178 6 TOTAL 439,869 100 435,095 100

A 2% increase in funding for development plans reflects a growth in planning by country sporting groups; a strategy strongly promoted by the Ministry. A comparative breakdown for each category for 1999/2000 is reflected in the following chart:

Comparative Category Breakdown 1999/2000

Travel Scholarships Player Development Hosting Competitions Education Development Plans


A comparative breakdown between 1993/94 and 1999/2000 is reflected below:


Ansett Australia and Skywest Airlines have continued to support volunteer development in country regions by providing travel sponsorship. This travel partnership enabled individuals to travel to country areas and conduct courses, or country people to travel to Perth to upgrade their skills and knowledge of community sport development.

Ansett Australia has provided this sponsorship for nine years, focusing on the

Pilbara and Kimberley. This support has assisted over 48,000 individuals in 65 different sports. The value of the sponsorship in 1999/2000 was $55,000. Highlights for the year included:


■ Julie Kerr, (swimming) awarded a country officials scholarship, consisting of a $500 scholarship from the Ministry and a flight from Ansett Australia. ■ Class 3 referees course for junior soccer for almost 1,000 participants. ■

Comparative Category Breakdown 1999/2000

$0 $100,000 $200,000 $300,000 $400,000 $500,000 99/00 98/99 97/98 96/97 95/96 94/95 93/94



■ 32 squash players participated in two clinics; a practical umpiring clinic [20] and a group coaching clinic [12]

■ Travel for one surf life saving member to attend a board of education meeting in Perth.


■ 400 participants benefited from clinics for coaches, umpires and referees in a range of sports, including aqua aerobics, badminton, baseball, gymnastics, shooting, softball, soccer, squash and tee ball

■ Development planning meetings for football, softball and soccer benefited 480 participants

■ Support was provided to over 550 people to participate in boxing, equestrian, football, golf, horse and pony, motocross skating, swimming, tee ball, and tennis competitions

■ Talent identification camps were conducted in the sports of cricket, football and soccer

■ Almost 100 students attended the Womensport West schoolgirls breakfast held in Karratha

■ An accreditation course in fitness leadership was conducted for ten participants

■ General meetings, seminars, workshops and scholarship award ceremonies were supported in the sports of baseball, BMX, skating, surf life saving, and triathlon, benefiting almost 200 participants.

Of special note was the nomination of the partnership between Ansett Australia and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation for the Prime Minister’s Year 2000 awards for excellence in community business partnerships.

Skywest Airlines has provided similar sponsorship for six years and it has been

accessed by more than 40 sports. In 1999/2000 the total value of the sponsorship was $15,000, benefiting over 3,000 people directly and indirectly.

Volunteers in country areas are more skilled and in a better position to support the development of sport in their communities as a result of this support from Skywest.


The following provides a summary of the vast nature and diversity of the program in the four regional areas of Western Australia serviced by Skywest Airlines.

General Coaches Referees Safety Stewards Range TOTALS officers officers Great Southern 985 19 1004 Goldfields 140 6 12 11 169 Mid West 1,496 80 10 1,586 Gascoyne 750 2 9 761 TOTALS 3,371 105 12 12 11 9 3,520

In total, the program benefited some 3,520 individuals in 1999/2000, more than three times as many people as the previous year, when 1,000 individuals were involved.

SKYWEST AIRLINES COUNTRY OFFICIALS’ SCHOLARSHIP This is a partnership arrangement between the airline and the Ministry where a $500 scholarship is provided to one official from each of the ten regions of the Ministry and where required, the airline will provide travel to Perth. The scholarship was launched in Geraldton in April 1999. In 1999/2000 it was agreed that each region could nominate two officials for the scholarship, given it was only launched in April 1999. Seventeen recipients benefited from this scholarship opportunity this year.

In the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, Ansett Australia Sport Development Program has also provided opportunities for sporting officials.

SMARTER THAN SMOKING COUNTRY SPORT SCHOLARSHIP Through Healthway, $150,000 (allocated equally between the regions) was provided in scholarships for talented country athletes.

Over the four year period 827 athletes in 47 sports have received support. There has been a gradual increase each year in the number of recipients and the community provides strong support for the scholarships.


Highlights for 1999/2000 included:

■ Dane Richter (Athletics) 1999 recipient — qualified for the high jump at the World Junior Athletic Championships to be held in October 2000 ■ Mathew Kelly (Clay Target) 1999 recipient — selected in the Australian

Junior Team which won a gold medal in Wales in July 1999

■ Holly Monkman (Surfing) 1997/98 recipient — finished fifth in this year’s Sunsmart Women’s Year 2000 Margaret River Classic

■ Ivan Ergic (soccer) 1997 recipient when he was a member of the Carnarvon Junior Soccer Association; now a Perth Glory team member.

To date in the 1999/2000 program, 264 scholarships have been awarded representing 40 sports; 151 young men of whom 18 were Aboriginal and 113 women, including 12 Aboriginals.


To overcome limitations on currently available participation data the Ministry partnered with the Western Australian Health Department and the University of Western Australia to undertake a comprehensive physical activity survey of 3187 Western Australians.

The study provides the first comprehensive baseline of current participation levels in WA. It is intended to repeat the survey biennially to enable ongoing monitoring of activity/inactivity trends.

The survey methodology is consistent with national and interstate surveys, enabling comparative analyses. The final report is expected to be completed in September 2000.Some of the preliminary results of the survey are published with the performance indicators.


The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme provided funding to assist sporting

associations to take top class sporting events to country Western Australia. During 1999/2000 the Minister approved twelve grants totalling $152,619 to 10 different sports. Regional centres benefiting from this scheme included Mandurah,

Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Busselton, Bunbury, Exmouth, Moora, Albany, Wagin, Narrogin, Kulin, Newdegate, Collie, Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Wyndham, Kununurra, Argyle, Esperance, Merredin, Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, and Pinjarra.


Some of the events held included:

■ Tennis coaching tour of the South West and Kimberley region by Evonne Goolagong-Cawley

■ One day interstate match in Kalgoorlie between WA and Victoria

■ Some of Australia’s leading track and field athletes held coaching clinics in Albany and Geraldton

■ The Healthway Perth Thundersticks and the WAIS Diamonds competed on the new synthetic hockey field in Geraldton

■ Basketball teams from Shanghai and Thailand toured Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Geraldton and Albany

■ A Westar Rules fixture played in Exmouth as part of the Cyclone Vance appeal ■ The Wildcats toured for three weeks to communities in the South West, Great

Southern, Goldfields, Midwest and Kimberley ■ A Pro-Am golf and coaching clinics in Esperance

■ A late model international car racing meet held in Geraldton with a visit from the United States late model sedan drivers.


The Active Women unit was formed in January 2000 to facilitate and promote the participation of women in physical activity. The unit delivers a Statewide program with a team of regionally based consultants, who were previously employed by Womensport West.

The unit facilitates opportunities for women to access and participate in the physical activities of their choice in safe and enjoyable environments. It also provides models of best practice for State sport associations, schools, recreation centres and other key community and government organisations involved in the delivery of sport and recreation.

Education on gender issues, both within the Ministry and externally in the industry has also been a major focus to promote opportunities for women of all ages.


Through Healthway funding, a number of programs were inherited from Womensport West including the:

■ Active Achiever Country Week Awards;

Smarter Than Smoking regional schoolgirls’ breakfasts; ■ Women with special needs aquatic program; and ■ Seniors programs.

The Ministry provided management, administrative support and additional funding for the following initiatives:

■ Come ‘n’ try activities (a feature of regional areas);

■ Alcoa Coach-in-Residence panel — “Coaching female athletes” with Jill McIntosh (World champion Australian netball coach);

■ Adolescent girls leadership camp;

Teachers resource Celebrate to acknowledge the centenary of women’s participation in the modern Olympics;

■ Fact sheets with Sports Medicine Australia (Perth branch); ■ Development of a ‘Mentor as Anything’ program; and

■ ‘On the Move’ to specifically support State sporting association and local government initiatives.


All coach education programs have been coordinated and delivered by the

Ministry since the Coaching Foundation of Western Australia ceased all operations on 31 December 1999.

The regional coach education program delivers coach education in regional WA. The Ministry employs eight regional coach coordinators, based in each regional office. The following programs were delivered in regional WA between 1 January and 30 June 2000:

■ 18 Level 1 Coaching Principle Courses; ■ One Level 2 Coaching Principle Course; ■ 24 Level 1 Sport Specific Courses;


■ Ongoing coordination and induction of participants into the Level 2 Coaching Principles Correspondence Course; and

■ 20 community seminars on coaching related issues.

In the metropolitan area, the following coach education programs were delivered: ■ Six Level 1 Coaching Principle Courses;

■ Two Level 2 Coaching Principle Courses; and ■ Five community seminars.

Sixty coaches attended two elite coach luncheons, hosted by the Ministry, during the year. These luncheons, extended to community coaches for the first time, provide a forum for elite coaches to share ideas on current trends and latest techniques in coaching.

The Alcoa coach-in-residence program continued to offer sports access to top Australian and international coaches. Alcoa celebrated 20 years of continuous sponsorship of this program, bringing 200 coaches to WA, with a gala dinner in August. The dinner was attended by 260 guests with guest speaker Ron Barassi highlighting the Alcoa Coach-in-Residence program and the benefits it has brought not only to coaches but to the sports industry. In 1999/2000 the

following associations were involved with the Alcoa Coach-in-Residence program:

State Sporting Association Visiting Coach/Expert Amount

Lacrosse West Nancy Burke $3,550

TouchWest John Pratt $1,600

Equestrian Federation of Australia

(WA Branch) Rod Brown $2,000

Orienteering Association of WA Peta Whitford $1,300 WA Fencing Association Pieter Leewenburgh $2,500

Tennis West Mark McMahon $2,500

Pony Club of WA Domini Morgan $3,000

Sports Medicine Australia Jill Cook $2,600 WA Softball Association Dave Pearce $4,500

Baseball WA Marvis Foley $5,000


A series of coaching meetings and seminars were organised for both State sport association coaching coordinators and community coaches. These seminars were delivered quarterly with a total of four seminars delivered during the year. A coaching reference panel was formed to provide ideas and initiatives to support the Ministry in its implementation and delivery of coach education in WA. The panel meets quarterly and has provided the Ministry with ideas on areas of need and focus for future program delivery. These include the coach recognition program for Olympic and grass roots coaches and research on base line data for coaches in WA.


The Minister for Sport and Recreation allocated $100,000 to fund State sporting association initiatives for officiating: 30 State sporting associations were granted funds to assist in the development of officials in their chosen sport. Programs ranged from the development and implementation of regional umpiring plans to the purchase of technical equipment.

An officiating reference panel, under the chairmanship of David Johnson, met seven times during the year. The role of the panel was to address the recommendations of the 1994 Pavey Report that identified ways to improve the profile of officials in the sports industry. The Sport and Recreation Advisory Centre (SPARC) from Edith Cowan University was commissioned to provide a review of the Pavey Report. This would allow the Ministry to evaluate the impact of its

officiating program and provide guidance for its future direction. The report will be completed by September 2000.

An ‘officials breakfast club’ was launched to give elite officials a chance to network, share knowledge and acknowledge their contribution to sport. The club targets key officials across all sports, predominantly volunteer umpires, referees and judges with experience at national and international level. Three ‘officials breakfasts’ were held during the year including one in April, to acknowledge 40 officials who have been appointed to officiate at the Olympics.

The inaugural sports officials awards dinner was held on 20 October 1999 with over 100 people in attendance. These awards were established to recognise and reward an official from each sport for their outstanding contribution to sport in Western Australia.

Officiating courses were run by State sporting associations in two schools as a pilot project. The schools involved were Morley Senior High School (basketball and football) and Perth College (netball and hockey). This project assisted the sports in developing links with the schools and consequently provided the sports with more qualified umpires/referees to assist at community level.



The Ministry continued its support and implementation of the national initiative, Active Australia. This initiative is about encouraging more people to participate in physical activity and improving the sport and recreation service delivery in the community. As such, Active Australia contributes to the achievement of a number of the Ministry’s goals including promoting participation, developing people and developing organisations.

Within the Active Australia framework, three networks have been developed to improve and enhance opportunities for participation in all types of physical activity in the community. The Ministry facilitates the promotion and

development of these networks in conjunction with other relevant government agencies (eg. EDWA, Health Dept), community groups, local governments and peak industry bodies.

The three networks within Active Australia are:

Active Australia provider network to provide opportunities for sport and

recreation organisations to improve the way they operate and in turn provide better opportunities for physical activity to members of the community. Access to self-assessment tools and other organisational development resources and programs is integral to the development of this network and its members.

Active Australia schools network to promote physical activity in schools

in order to provide opportunities for young Australians to develop positive attitudes and behaviours to be active for life.

Active Australia local government network recognises that local councils

are key providers of programs, services and facilities within the community and as such, this network aims to promote the importance of physical activity to local councils and improve opportunities for physical activity by the community. Members of this network are encouraged to take into consideration important aspects such as environment, infrastructure and support provided to sport and recreation organisations.



The Ministry of Sport and Recreation, through the Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP), provided sport and recreation organisations with assistance in the areas of volunteer management and recognition. The major component of VIP is the education program, consisting of six modules, that are available to organisations in the sport and recreation industry and their volunteers. These modules include: ■ Recruiting, retaining and managing volunteers;

■ Financial management; ■ Committee management;

■ Planning and managing an event; ■ Sponsorship and fundraising; and ■ Marketing.

The Ministry also provides general consultancy to organisations in relation to volunteer management and recognition.


The aim of this program is to improve the well being of Aboriginal people in Western Australia through sport and recreation. This is being achieved by: ■ Creating an environment to increase the participation of Indigenous people

in sport and recreation.

■ Promoting Indigenous culture through a variety of sport and recreational activities, aimed at the whole community.

■ Assisting Indigenous people gain financial self-sufficiency and independence by developing their management and project skills to conduct their own sport and recreation activities.

■ Increasing the community’s awareness and understanding of issues related to the involvement of Indigenous people in sport and recreation.

Seven regional development officer’s (RDOs) conducted programs throughout WA. Five positions were funded through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the Australian Sports Commission with the Ministry of Sport and Recreation administering and providing ‘in kind’ support to the program in WA. There were also two State funded positions.


Highlights of the year have included:

Polly Farmer/Marle Yaragan Young Footballers Shield

This program brought together U16 youth from north and south of the river to contest a “curtain raiser” match prior to a West Coast Eagles home fixture. To qualify boys need to be working, at school/TAFE or attending an

apprenticeship or traineeship. Initially there were approximately 100 boys attending training which commenced in January 2000. Eventually this was reduced to 24 players per side. Many parents and other adults were involved in many areas throughout the period of the program from January to April. ■ Coaching/Officiating

A Level 1 General Principals Coaching Course was conducted by the Coaching Foundation involving seven participants (five men and two women).

Role Model Program

This program uses 28 elite Indigenous sportspeople from a variety of sports as role models, to deliver positive messages of health and cultural diversity. The role models visited schools and attended cultural events at the request of different organisations and shared their experiences, training

commitments and sacrifices made in order to fulfil their dreams. ■ Desert Sport Development Program

This program targets a region where little in the way of sport and talent development has ever taken place. The communities of the region have benefited from expert coaches, training and sports administration development. This has flowed onto the general community by improving retention rates at school, identifying talented athletes and promoting health and fitness messages to combat substance abuse. At this time anecdotal evidence has shown that the program (in particular the football

development), reduced the incidence of drug and substance abuse and anti-social behaviour decreased.

Rio Tinto Cup

The Cup is an extension of the football development taking place in the Western and Central Desert regions of WA, sponsored by Rio Tinto and Healthway and supported by the communities of the region. The teams played a style of football that is considered unique to Aboriginal

communities of the desert. Both teams faced the usual problems of football in the desert: basic facilities, distance, inconsistent communication and lack of transport. The Rio Tinto Cup has been established for six years and with the development of sport in the region will continue to be a major activity on the football calendar in years to come. The match was played on Saturday 15 April 2000 prior to the Western Derby fixture. Each team consisted of 24 players with four reserves and six support staff. The Ministry commends


Ngarda Sports Foundation

This foundation in the Pilbara region of WA aims to increase the participation of Indigenous people in sport, recreational and cultural pursuits with

particular emphasis on youth. ■ Netball Program

This is an elite development program for young Aboriginal women to develop their skills and gain experience from specialised coaches and officials. This program was conducted over a period of months leading up to a development camp in July. Four training/selection trial sessions were held in the

metropolitan region from which 12 girls were selected to represent the metropolitan region at the development camp. The Aboriginal RDOs and netball players in their particular region selected the country squad. The program was completed in July with a development camp and a “curtain raiser” match prior to a Perth Orioles home fixture.


After significant research, consultation and client forums, the Walk Friendly project was developed and launched in September 1999.

Approximately 100 people attended the investigative forums and three key strategies were identified:

■ Developing and strengthening alliances with other State Government agencies, local governments and key community organisations.

■ Supporting local government in a move towards environmental change that met the expressed requirements of walkers throughout Western Australia. ■ To develop appropriate resources that will encourage people to participate

in walking as a form of physical activity.

The resources produced include:

Walking Group Manual — a leader’s resource, launched by the Minister for Health, the Hon. John Day at Kings Park in September 1999. Initially 2,000 copies were printed with a reprint of 3,000 due to high demand.

Walk Friendly in Western Australia — a resource for walkers. 20,000 copies were produced and the book was launched in conjunction with the ‘John Hughes Big Walk’ in October. 18,000 copies were distributed in the community within the month. The project team is currently negotiating to reprint a large number for specific distribution through the Health sector.


Towards Walk Friendly Environments — an assessment guide for local governments. Every local government in WA received three copies of this resource and the response to it has been very good, particularly in the regional areas.

■ Walk Friendly Schools Program — a pilot program was run through November using eight schools in the Cannington Education district, using this schools resource. Twenty-eight expressions of interest have been received from other schools interested in using this program.

■ A generic logo has been developed to be used in all applications of the Walk Friendly program. It is linked with Brand WA and has been very well received by the community. The logo is now available on CD Rom and adaptable for all purposes.

■ A “Project Update” has also been produced to keep all participants of the program aware of new developments.

The Walk Friendly program is still creating strong interest in the metropolitan area and being well supported by the regional offices. Evaluation procedures have been implemented to enable us to identify the impact of the project over the first two or three years.


These awards were held at Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont on the 2 June 2000. Coordinated by the Ministry, they are an integral part of the ongoing recognition and encouragement of West Australian athletes. Since the awards were introduced in 1982, more than 10,000 West Australian athletes have received an award in recognition of their participation in a State representative sporting team. Over 700 people were nominated for the 2000 awards from approximately 55 sports. The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon Norman Moore presented the awards along with a number of high profile athletes from a range of sports. Alcoa continued their support for the awards and Channel Nine personality Bob Harnett hosted the event.


This industry wide conference, co-ordinated by the Ministry, was held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on 4–5 May 2000.


The conference provided a raft of eminent speakers from interstate and WA including:

■ Mr Rod McGeoch, OAM, national chairman, Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth

“Marketing the Olympics”

■ Professor Lyndsay Neilson, director, Centre for Developing Cities, University of Canberra “Sea Change or Revolution”

Mr Allan Tranter, director, Creating Communities “Masters of the


■ Mr Ron Alexander, ceo, Ministry of Sport and Recreation

“Opportunity Knocking”

Mr John O’Donnell, director, Kadmos Group “Flight to Quality”

■ Professor Brian Blanksby, professor of Human Movement and Exercise Science, University of Western Australia “Buying Buns of Steel”


The 1999 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards formally recognised excellence in the pursuit of best practice in the industry. The awards provided an opportunity to recognise the organisations and individuals who have, by their actions, elevated the status of the industry in general and had a significant impact on increasing participation in sport and recreational pursuits.

Minister’s Award for Industry Contribution: WA Disabled Sports Association John Graham Fellowship: May Carter

Industry Award for Management Excellence: City of Melville

Award for Innovation in Marketing and Sponsorship: Perth Glory Soccer Club Risk Management Best Practice Award: Scripture Union of WA

Commitment to Participation: Western Australian Cricket Association Facility Management Award: Beatty Park Leisure Centre

Award for Volunteer Support: Surf Life Saving of WA

Provision of Sport and Recreation to Regional Western Australia: (joint winners)

Touch West and Wheatbelt Sports Council

The industry peak bodies — the Leisure Institute of WA (Recreation), the Western Australian Sports Federation, Parks and Leisure Australia (WA), Fitness WA, Leisure Institute of WA (Aquatics), Camping and Outdoor Education Association of WA (now Outdoors WA) strongly supported this event, sponsoring industry specific


PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED Business of Sport magazine

The impact of non-affiliated sports competition on the traditional sport delivery system

Western Australian Sport and Recreation Directory

Celebrate the Centenary of Women’s Participation in the Modern Olympics (before June 30 2000)

Towards Walk Friendly Environments

Walk Friendly in Western Australia: A Resource for Walkers Walking Group Manual

Walk Friendly Newsletter Walk Friendly Kit


The ‘Strategic Intent’, (outlined in the corporate overview), underpins day to day management within the Ministry (in terms of business processes, management reporting, consultations with staff, finance and human resource delegations, financial management etc). It is also the basis upon which Ministry operational plans were developed. A complementary delivery and reporting framework has been established to ensure that planned outputs for 2000/2001 are achieved. Each divisional director has responsibility for leading the development of operational plans within a specific strategy.


As a consequence of the review, the Ministry focuses on Statewide delivery of programs in order to achieve quality and consistency across the State. The Ministry is now developing the implementation and facilitation of programs and initiatives Statewide through our regional offices utilising the strong local networks and relationships that exist between local governments, the community and regional staff. The Statewide offices directly manage and oversee the delivery of these initiatives, ensuring that consistent programs and consultancy advice is being delivered Statewide.


As part of the agency restructure a strategic policy and planning division was established to bolster the agency capability to generate effective policy, to enhance the planning and research effort and to improve the overall communications performance of the Ministry.

Additionally, with the closer alignment of the Western Australian Sport and Recreation Council, this newly created division provides executive support to the Council.

Performance Management

An independently commissioned stakeholder survey has been initiated and developed to provide vital performance feedback on all key functional areas of the Ministry’s operations, for example; policy formulation, information services, consultancy services, funding programs, campaigns and overall impact on client operations.

The inaugural survey provides the agency with a comprehensive performance baseline that can guide future service provision.