The Department of Communities was formed on 1 July 2017. Our areas of responsibility include child protection, disability services, housing, community initiatives and regional services reform.

The concept of People, Place and Home describes the essence of why we exist and why our work is important to all Western Australians.

People reflects our person-sensitive approach across all of the various groups we serve. We help people to be the best they can be, to live a meaningful life, a life with opportunity.

Place reflects people's connection to community. It's how and where we belong physically, socially, spiritually, and culturally.

Home reflects both who we live with, the dwelling we live in, and is so much more than just bricks and mortar, and is usually where our most intimate relationships are.

Our purpose is to create pathways that enable individual, family and community wellbeing, and we do this by focusing on our five outcome areas:

Safe children – to enable a good start to life

Strong families and kin – to provide safe and nurturing environments

Empowered people – with valued roles and fulfilling lives

Inclusive and accessible communities – that enable social, economic and cultural prosperity

A place to call home – that provides a secure foundation for life

  People, Place, Home diagram.


When we combine our efforts with others we can have an even more profound impact than when we work alone.