Who is being active in Western Australia?

According to the Health and Wellbeing Survey of Adults in Western Australia 2018 (PDF 1MB), only 59% of Western Australians aged 18 and over completed the recommended level of at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, while approximately one in five (18.1%) did no leisure time physical activity at all.

In 2018 (PDF 1MB), only 40.1% of WA children aged 5 to 15 years achieved the recommended levels of physical activity.

Many adults and children are also spending too much time being sedentary:

Those living in metropolitan areas were significantly more likely to spend most of their day sitting compared with those living in country areas (47% compared with 38.1%), while those living in country areas were significantly more likely to spend most of their day doing heavy labour or physically demanding work compared with those living in metro areas (16.9% compared with 9.7%).

Planning for active living

The neighbourhood in which a person lives and plays has a powerful impact on an individual.

Communities can adopt healthy design principles (external site) helping people who work in:

  • town planning, development and design
  • transport
  • community development
  • sport and recreation
  • health

to support active living.

There are also lots of ways local governments can create neighbourhoods that support healthy lifestyles and help to improve the lives of Western Australians.

Last reviewed: 29-01-2021