Friday 20 March 2020
- Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
- Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services
- Hon Michael (Mick) Murray MLA, Minister for Seniors and Ageing
- Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA, Minister for Housing
- Hon David (Dave) Kelly MLA, Minister for Youth
- Michelle Andrews, Director General of the Department of Communities
We are currently experiencing unprecedented times with the COVID-19 virus impacting Western Australia, as it is right across Australia and the world.
With a state of emergency declared, and the uncertainty for our community, many people are understandably concerned and anxious.
The State Government, and the Department of Communities share the responsibility of providing welfare and support services to the most vulnerable people in our community including, seniors, people with a disability, children and young people in care, people experiencing homelessness, people impacted by family and domestic violence, Aboriginal people, remote communities and those requiring assistance in general.
We would like to assure the community that we are doing everything possible to ensure we will be able to maintain these services as the pandemic unfolds.
A dedicated Department of Communities Incident Management Team is advanced in its planning and preparation in order to be able to respond to this emergency. Ceasing non- essential functions, implementing safe work practices, reallocating resources, creating a reserve workforce to bolster frontline staff if needed, managing logistics and placing a moratorium on eviction notices to those suffering hardship are just some of the strategies already being implemented.
We are also working extensively with other government agencies, and our Community Service Sector partners to provide a coordinated response to the unfolding situation and make sure that services are available to those who need them.
We are already seeing acts of great kindness and support from our staff, from our partners, from our carers and from our clients. With this compassion, collaboration and sense of community, we are well prepared for the future.