About the West Pilbara Plan

The West Pilbara Plan is the State Government working with Aboriginal elders, community members and service providers in and around Roebourne to address intergenerational disadvantage and child sexual abuse.

The West Pilbara Plan started in February 2018 and has six priority areas: 

  1. More support for children, carers and families
  2. Safer children
  3. Tackling alcohol and drugs
  4. Greater engagement in school and work
  5. Healing the community
  6. Redesigning government funded services

Across the priority areas are 32 projects; each being led by a government agency working with community and non-government stakeholders.

The plan

 

Priority areas and projects

Lead agency

 

Priority Area 1:  More support for children, carers and families

 

1.1

Track and provide case management support for all affected children, with a focus on the support at and through school.

Department of Communities

1.2

Coordinate counselling services available through different agencies to ensure that those who need support can get it.

Department of Communities

1.3

Establish a Roebourne community services centre to co-locate services in a culturally-safe space for families and ensure better service coordination.

Department of Communities

1.4

Establish 10 supported houses in Roebourne for vulnerable families, or carers with multiple children, who require in-home support.

Department of Communities

1.5

Promote greater engagement in early childhood health and education services among trauma-affected families.

Department of Education

1.6

Upskill local service providers and community members on abuse and trauma identification, referral processes, protective behaviours and effective interventions.

Department of Communities

 

Priority Area 2:  A safer community for children

 

2.1

More youth activities at nights, on weekends and during school holidays (particularly the upcoming Christmas holidays) focused on a ‘youth precinct’ around the Roebourne PCYC and Roebourne Youth Centre.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

2.2

Realign the government-funded community patrol focused on adults to support the community-established night patrol focused on youth.

Department of Communities

2.3

Expedite the trials of alleged offenders of sexual abuse.

Department of Justice

2.4

Establish a Roebourne men’s shelter to allow women and children experiencing domestic violence to stay in their home and encourage men to access DV support. 

Department of Communities

2.5

Work with community and police to establish curfew at night for children and youth and identified safe houses / places for children and youth after hours.

WA Police Force

2.6

Prioritise community engagement and involvement in justice diversion programs in the West Pilbara.

Department of Justice

2.7

Consolidate recreation spaces for children and youth into a ‘youth precinct’ and build any additional facilities (e.g. bike track) in alignment with City of Karratha town planning processes.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

 

Priority Area 3:  Tackling alcohol and drugs

 

3.1

Develop a tailored alcohol management plan for the West Pilbara (noting work is underway). The Roebourne community will be the first trial site for the plan with the potential for further rollout across the State. The plan will be developed with the local community and other key stakeholders.

Mental Health Commission

3.2

Alcohol and other drug services for young people (including therapeutic services for children under 18 years).

Mental Health Commission

3.3

Introduce a culturally-secure residential healing service for families to work through their issues with a focus on personal safety, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Department of Communities

 

Priority Area 4:  Greater engagement in school and work

 

4.1

Develop a model of secondary schooling provision for young people in Roebourne that improves engagement in learning and more strongly connects to future training and employment.

Department of Education

4.2

Refocus the Roebourne TAFE campus to provide more industry-specific training, and case-management support to high-school aged students engaged in vocation training, focused on identified job opportunities

Department of Training and Workforce Development

4.3

Develop direct industry training and work pathways with the Roebourne TAFE / new college and local employers (miners, local government and others), including to leverage opportunities through Local Projects, Local Jobs.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

4.4

Facilitate Aboriginal reference groups to guide implementation of cultural standards framework in all West Pilbara schools.

Department of Education

4.5

Increase access to licensing services in Roebourne and provide greater support for people to address outstanding fines and infringements.

Department of Transport

 

Priority Area 5:  Healing the community

 

5.1

Establish an Aboriginal trauma and healing advisory committee to advise the Government on ways to address intergenerational trauma and disadvantage

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

5.2

Focus on youth leadership and mentoring initiatives to create an Aboriginal youth voice.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

5.3

Support teaching of Aboriginal languages and culture at the Roebourne school.

Department of Education

5.4

Support media and communication initiatives that develop and promote local positive role-models, peer support and protective behaviours in community.

Department of Communities

5.5

Increase access to treatment at support services within the Roebourne prison and reintegration services, including supported accommodation services, post release.

Department of Justice 

5.6

Continue to support facilitated community development and planning activities coordinated through a backbone Aboriginal community organisation in Roebourne.

Department of Communities

5.7

Support Aboriginal Elders to develop / promote cultural rules through the town.

Department of Communities

 

Priority Area 6:  Reprioritising government contracts and services

 

6.1

Review of service contracts and procurement against outcomes for Roebourne and the broader West Pilbara region.

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

6.2

Develop a shared outcomes and accountability framework that drives future commissioning of services in the West Pilbara and enables evaluation of government expenditure and effort.

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

6.3

Strengthen integrated service planning and development and recommission contracts with community to improve service delivery efficiency and outcomes.

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

6.4

Identify lead agency, appoint director to lead plan, and coordinate ongoing engagement with and reporting to community on plan and outcomes.

Department of Communities

 

Publications

  • West Pilbara Plan - Abbreviated [PDF]
  • West Pilbara Plan - Full Plan [Word] [PDF]
  • West Pilbara Plan - Community [PDF]

Further information

Find out more:

  • Governance structure
  • Lead government agencies
  • Reporting
  • The team

Contact

For more information contact: westpilbaraplan@communities.wa.gov.au