AUSactive has been successfully recognised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) as the Peak Body for the fitness sector in Western Australia.
As a Peak Body organisation, the DLGSC will work closely to support AUSactive to advocate, lead and develop its membership and improve the health and wellbeing of West Australians.
AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said the recognition was an important step forward in the association’s advocacy for members and the fitness industry.
“Peak Body recognition will enhance AUSactive’s ability to lead advocacy, instil consumer confidence and support our members to improve the health and wellbeing of Western Australians,” Mr Elvish said.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked tirelessly with all levels of government to advocate on behalf of our members and ensure the fitness industry has a voice when it comes to strategy, funding and key decisions that affect our sector.
“As a recognised DLGSC Peak Body, we will also have added credibility when working with the variety of stakeholders associated with our industry – from partners, councils, government departments, and most important our current and future AUSactive members across the state.”
A recognised Peak Body is eligible to receive support from DLGSC including through various grant programs administered by the department, the opportunity to use their logo as well as attend special workshops and seminars conducted by the department specifically for Peak Bodies.
In addition to alignment with DLGSC, AUSactive has recently been approached by WA Consumer Protection (WACP) in relation to the WA Fitness Code of Practice that was updated 12 months ago.
WACP’s latest campaign is focused on ensuring businesses and consumers understand their rights under the Code of Practice. To view this latest campaign click here.
AUSactive continues to work with WACP on introducing safeguards into the Code of Practice to meet objectives over and above establishing rights and obligations between suppliers and consumers.
This includes recommending minimum requirements for staff qualifications to be implemented, supporting and promoting the exercise and fitness industry as a whole, and encouraging Western Australians to increase participation in physical activity.