Welcome to the Department for Communities’ website
A message from the Director General
Thank you for visiting the Department for Communities’ website. If you are a resident of Western Australia it is likely that the work we do to build strong, vibrant communities will benefit you at some stage of your life.
At Communities, we deliver a range of programs, from early years and parenting services to the WA Seniors Card program. We promote the interests of all Western Australians in the development of policy and programs across government. The department’s work is underpinned by effective partnerships with organisations in the government and community sectors aimed at strengthening Western Australian communities.
During 2010–11 the Department for Communities expended $155.7 million. This included allocating $21.4 million to more than 380 not-for-profit organisations to deliver services and recognise the groups and individuals working directly with our communities.
We also took 73 301 calls across our four community service information lines, such as Parenting WA Line, the Women’s Information Service and Seniors Telephone Information Service. The department also provided information and support to more than 300 000 Seniors Card holders and is working to advise and assist Western Australian child care service providers to meet the new standards required under the National Quality Framework.
Nearly $96 million in payments and rebates were made to eligible Western Australians–an increase from the previous year’s $11.7 million. This included over 245 000 Cost of Living Rebates to Western Australian Seniors Card Holders.
In addition, we supported nearly 7000 secondary students to participate in our Cadets WA program, enabling them to discover their potential and gain valuable life skills while providing important community services. Our award programs, such as the WA Youth Awards, the WA Seniors Awards and the Community Service Excellence Awards, delivered in partnership with community groups, showcase the work done by individuals and groups who contribute to Western Australia’s cultural, economic and social life.
Whether you’re young or old, a parent or carer, a volunteer, male or female or part of a not-for-profit organisation, I hope that by visiting our site you will discover a new service or program that will benefit you.