Our current projects and programs include:

The Department of Communities is seeking feedback on our draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2018-2020. The Disability Services Act 1993 requires all local government and selected State Government agencies to develop a plan to assist in the promotion of access and inclusion of people with a disability. Find out more.

In 2016 the Department of Communities commissioned the University of Western Australia to evaluate the Age-friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program. Find out more.

Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with opportunities to work in a diverse range of fields within the Department of Communities. Find out more.

The Department of Communities (Communities) recently undertook a survey of local governments to find out what they are doing in regards to engaging with young people, providing youth services and youth focussed activities. Find out more.

The Early Years Initiative will see four Western Australian communities partner with State Government, Minderoo Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute on a long term strategy to improve outcomes for young children and their families. Find out more.

The 2018 Community Housing Study will assist the Department of Communities to better understand the strengths of the sector. It will also inform the development of a State Housing Strategy.  Find out more. 

The Western Australian Minister for Youth and Veterans Interests, Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA, is offering an opportunity for young Western Australians, aged between 18 and 25 years to undertake a tour of key historical sites from World War One (WWI) in early November 2018. Find out more.

Youth Week WA (formerly National Youth Week) is an annual celebration of the positive contributions of young people to Western Australia. In 2018, Youth Week WA will run from 13 April to 22 April. Find out more.

Entries are now open for the Life in Pictures Short Film Competition, which aims to promote positive ageing through film and a prize pool of more than $20,000. The competition, in its second year, also encourages seniors to get creative. Find out more

The Community Services Excellence Awards are presented by the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) in partnership with the Department of Communities and are supported by Lotterywest. Find out more.

International Women's Day (IWD) is held globally on 8 March each year to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women. Events and activities will be held across the State, not only on IWD but throughout the week. Find out more.  

The Department of Communities is developing a new youth strategy for​ Western Australia. The strategy will be developed following consultation with young people, youth service providers and government agencies. Find out more.

The Department of Communities invites the community services sector to help shape the Supporting Communities Program (program).  The new program seeks to empower communities to be connected and inclusive places where people feel they belong, are valued and contribute.  Find out more.