This organisation is supported by the Department for Communities (Communities). Communities informs the development of social policy, advocating on behalf of Western Australian children, parents and their families, young people, seniors, women, carers, volunteers and non-government organisations.
Communities is also responsible for the delivery of programs and services to support and strengthen Western Australia’s diverse communities. This includes administering WA’s child care regulatory framework and, through the Child Care Licensing and Standards Unit, managing the licensing and compliance of some 1500 child care services throughout WA. The department also administers the Best Start program for Aboriginal families and children aged 0-5 years.
Communities provides a number of information and support services, including the Seniors Card Program, the Seniors’ Information Service, the Women’s Information Service, and Parenting WA, which provides state-wide and locally-based services for parents, carers and those who support them. Services include the Parenting WA Line and the Parenting WA Library.
Communities also administers the State Government’s $114m Redress WA Scheme.
For further information about Communities’ broad and diverse range of community-based initiatives, visit https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/.