The Department of Communities (Communities) works in collaboration with Western Australia's community services sector to oversee the delivery of programs and services that support and strengthen the State's diverse communities. It is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for seniors, young people, women, volunteers, carers, children and families.

Communities provides grants annual funding of nearly $30 million to more than 130 community sector organisations and local governments to deliver a range of services and programs throughout Western Australia.”

Funding is allocated towards more than 150 services in the following areas:

It also coordinates the $3.6 million Cadets WA program, which involves more than 8,000 young people across Western Australia.

Education and Care Regulation

Education and Care Regulation

Communities approves and monitors education and care services through Education and Care Regulation.

The Education and Care Regulation team:

  • Assesses applications for provider approvals, service approvals and approvals for certified supervisors.
  • Assesses education and care services against the National Quality Standard.
  • Supports and promotes continuous quality improvements in education and care services.
  • Investigates incidents and complaints.
  • Monitors and enforces compliance.

It also seeks to protect children from harm; stop unlawful conduct; ensure compliance with the law; and raise awareness of legislative requirement by publishing enforcement actions and using other compliance tools. The team ensures that all services are informed of their compliance roles and responsibilities, while providing them with appropriate support.

Veterans Support

The Department of Communities advances the needs of the ex-service community through its support for both the Veterans Advisory Council and the Anzac Day Trust Grants. 

Get in touch

Ph: 08 6551 8700
    • Country free call: 1800 620 511
    • Fax: 08 6552 1555
  • Street address:
    140 William Street 2nd Floor Reception PERTH WA

For more information visit the Local Government and Communities website

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