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Updated: 03 May 2012

The Role of the Taskforce

The Role of the Taskforce

The Physical Activity Taskforce (the Taskforce) was formed in 2001 to oversee the development and implementation of a whole of community physical activity strategy for Western Australia.

It followed Western Australian research that reflected international trends toward long-term declining physical activity levels.

Low physical activity levels has a huge impact on health, with physical activity being second only to tobacco control as the most important factor in disease prevention.

Replacing car trips with walking and cycling for transport also has a positive environmental impact and improves air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

No single agency or organisation will be able to increase physical activity levels on its own. It is collective responsibility.

The purpose of the Physical Activity Taskforce (the Taskforce) was to provide a policy coordination and accountability role through strategic leadership and direction, across government and the community, in relation to physical activity.

The Taskforce brought together the expertise of a number of government departments, local government entities, leading academics and community representatives to:

  • provide strategic direction and input into government policy;
  • support physical activity programs in schools, workplaces and the community;
  • conduct research into physical activity participation rates and behaviours; and
  • support the planning of transport and urban environments that make physical activity easier, safer and more fun.


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