Sport Workforce Development

Sport Workforce Development        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
Last updated  Last updated: 14 August 2017
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Within the Australian sport sector the number of persons working in a voluntary capacity is substantial, although volunteer numbers have been declining for several years. Vocational opportunities within the sector are increasing as the sector embraces more commercial activity. As more people engage in sport and recreation for health, fitness, enjoyment and personal/social benefits; the sector must respond by increasing its capacity to deliver programs. 

Key Messages 


The sport sector workforce is made up of all non-playing participants, engaged in both paid and voluntary work.


Engaging and retaining workers and developing their skills can improve the capacity of sports to deliver their programs.


The volunteer segment within the workforce makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of sports.

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