Community inclusion

Being inclusive means welcoming everyone, regardless of age, gender, race and ability.

The department uses a community development approach to ensure all community members have an equal opportunity to take part in sport and active recreation. This approach means the community's needs, goals and aspirations become the key drivers behind what they do and how they do it.

Supporting inclusion around the State

The department works to increase participation in sport and active recreation by low socio-economic communities including key low participation groups such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD), Aboriginal, people with disability, seniors and youth.

Our inclusion officers work with communities and sport and recreation organisations to development opportunities and identify projects which assist to develop inclusive environments and increase participation in sport and recreation.  

Inclusion officers

Inclusion officers are responsible for:

  • Working with the community to establish projects that encourage increased sport and active recreation participation.
  • Supporting organisations to develop inclusive sport and active recreation environments and to foster inclusive practices.
  • Building relationships with government, non-government agencies and service providers to create and deliver community based inclusive projects.
  • Facilitating education/training to community organisations to encourage participation in sport and recreation and inclusive practices.
  • Developing resources that promote community participation in sport and active recreation.

To find out more about what's happening in your area of the State and how you can develop and promote inclusive sport and active recreation, please contact the inclusion officer in your area.

NAIDOC Netbal Carnival participants

Tips for working with CaLD groups

When comparing structured sports to social physical activity, participation rates by CaLD people are relatively lower than people born in Australia.

Minister Mick Murray with young women in various sporting unifroms

Multicultural Female Uniform Guidelines

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds are now be able to participate in sport more easily, with the release of this Australian-first multicultural uniform guide.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups (CaLD)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) refers to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that form part of our community.  It includes groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language and ethnicity.

Sharing our cultural heritages

In 2016, 28.5% of Australians were born overseas. Only half of Western Australians who were born in non-English speaking countries participate in an organised physical activity – that is, have memberships at local and state sporting clubs. However, many more are actively involved in social sports at school, in parks, with youth groups and with family and friends.

Sporting associations and clubs have a great opportunity to expand their membership, by encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to join and share their unique cultural heritage with other members.

Members of the CaLD community

To find a CaLD community group in your area, you may like to start by checking this list of local service providers and their contact details or for information about other service providers in Western Australia, contact the department. 


New and emerging communities
Small ethnic groups who have recently settled in Australia and often lack the family networks, support systems, community structures and resources that make up established communities.
Individual who has left their own country and is unable, or unwilling to return, due to fear of being victimised because of ethnicity, religion, nationality, certain social connections or political opinion.
Migrant and immigrant
Individuals who move to another country with the intention of settling permanently. The terms migrant and immigrant are used interchangeably within Australia.


Inclusive organisations directory

A list of Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) sport and recreation service providers:

The Gowrie (WA) Inc Leeming

Corner Aulberry Parade and Farrington Road, Leeming WA 6169
Phone 61 8 9310 5855

More information

Inclusion Team
PO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
246 Vincent Street Leederville WA 6007
Telephone 61 8 9492 9700
Email the Inclusion Team
Page reviewed 04 July 2019