WA Leisure and Recreation Planners Course 2024

18 Mar 2024
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Leisure and Recreation Planning Course 2024

Leisure and recreation planning is the strategic discipline of planning for optimum outcomes from community participation in leisure and recreation. This involves consideration of current and future spaces, facilities, demographics, social and cultural trends. The objective is to provide adequate facilities that are economically, environmentally and socially viable for the long term.

A Leisure and Recreation Planner is responsible for identifying and reviewing planning, design and development of leisure and recreational spaces and facilities, and how needs of community are addressed by them. A leisure and recreation planner has a range of skills including, but not limited to urban design, regional and urban planning, corporate strategic planning, asset management, recreation programming and events management.

The nuances of each local government mean that a Leisure and Recreation Planner has a broad remit of roles and responsibilities. It is intended that this course will support new (and existing) Leisure and Recreation Planners.


Target Audience

Existing Leisure and Recreation Planners including those with no formal or tertiary management qualifications and those wanting to update or validate their existing skills and knowledge.

People that have no qualifications or qualifications in a relevant field but have experience working in the leisure and recreation industry or other work as a similar nature. For example, Club Development Officers, Community Development Officers, Place Makers and those working at State Sporting Associations.

People that have unrelated or somewhat related jobs and / or qualifications that want to move into this field. For example, Aquatic Centre Duty Managers, Urban Planners and Project Managers.

Organisations including, but not limited to Local Government Authorities, State Government agencies, Peak Bodies, State Sporting Associations, and to a lesser degree design-based companies (architects, landscape architects, urban / town planning).

Course Content

  • What is Leisure and Recreation Planning
  • Industry challenges, trends and influencing legislations
  • Integrated Planning & Reporting Framework
  • Introduction to strategic planning documentation
  • What is a project / project management?
  • Developing a project plan
  • Site analysis
  • Preparing a design brief to inform initial design drawings
  • Developing facility provisions framework for your organisation
  • Influences on provision standards
  • Situation Analysis
  • Gap analysis
  • Preparing project budgets
  • Project funding sources
  • Principles of community and stakeholder engagement
  • Developing a stakeholder engagement plan for your project

Course Structure

Course Dates: 18th, 19th 20th March & 11th & 12th April 2024

Course Time: generally, 8.30am to 4.30pm however there are several networking events that fall outside these core hours.

2024 Networking Events include:

  • Wednesday 20th March 2024:  300 Acres at Wembley Golf Course; 5pm – 6pm
  • Thursday 11th April 2024:  Breakfast at Lake Karrinyup Country Club; 7.30am – 9.30am

Five (5) day short course across two series involving lectures, activities, presentations, and project work.

Participants are required to complete a pre course evaluation and submit a completed workbook at the end of the course.

Course Costs

Members: $1600 plus GST

Non-Members:  $2000 plus GST

Price includes;

Morning/afternoon tea and lunches each day (please ensure you advise of any dietary requirements on your profile when registering)

Learning materials and text, which can be provided in hard copy or electronically via a USB, or both and

Networking social events (scheduled for 4pm Wednesday 20th March and 7.30am Thursday 11th April).

* Excludes accommodation, transport, and any meals outside of the course.


The course will be held at various locations throughout Perth metro area.

Monday 18th March

  • Scarboro Surf Club, 163 The Esplanade, Scarborough WA 6019
  • 8.00am Registrations open
  • 8.30am – 4.00pm Session time

    Tuesday 19th March
  • Shirley Strickland Pavilion, 100 Coogee Road, Ardross WA 6153
  • 8.30am – 4.30pm Session time

    Wednesday 20th March 

  • Ambrose Estate, Wembley Golf Course, 200 The Boulevard, Wembley Downs WA 6019
  • 8.30am – 5.00pm Session time
  • 5.00 – 6.00pm Networking Event

    Thursday 11th April

  • Lake Karrinyup Country Club, North Beach Road, Karrinyup WA 6018
  • 7.30am – 09.30am Breakfast Networking Event
  • 9.30am – 3.00pm Session time

    Friday 12th April

  • SportHQ, 203 Underwood Avenue, Floreat WA 6014
  • 8.30am – 4.30pm Session time

Participants are required to make their own way to and from each location.

CPD Points: 10

Parks & Leisure Australia (WA) Regional Sponsors


The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of Parks and Leisure Australia in Western Australia. Sport and recreation build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.Parks and Leisure Australia WA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


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