About WA Government

Discover a range of information about the Government of Western Australia.

    How government works

    The Government

    Government (or Executive Government as it is formally known) in Western Australia includes the Cabinet, the Executive Council and the Public Sector. You can find the full listing of Cabinet members on the Premier of Western Australia and Cabinet Ministers website.  

    While Western Australia's constitutional laws provide for the Governor to act as Head of State, most of the Governor's constitutional powers are exercised on advice from Government Ministers, principally the Premier.  

    Parliament

    Parliament sitting dates, detailed transcripts of Parliamentary business (Hansard), members and committees, bills, statutes and facts about the Parliamentary process can be found on the Western Australian Parliament website.

    The public sector

    The Western Australian public sector is a diverse group of approximately 130 employing agencies working to deliver services to the community. Opportunities to work with or join the public sector can be found by searching for:

    More information on the management and coordination of the public sector can be found on the Public Sector Commission's website.

    Accessing whole of government information

    Below are some quick links to popular whole of government information sources. 

    State finances

    The State Budget website includes both the current budget and previous years' budget information and fact sheets on significant budget issues.

    Data

    On the Western Australian Government data portal you can easily find, review and use open data and information - for example, to develop web applications.

    Media statements

    You can find out the latest ministerial announcements by viewing current and archived media statements by minister, portfolio or region. 

    Western Australian legislation

    The State Law Publisher is the official publisher of Western Australian legislation and statutory information, such as acts, legislation and bills. You can visit the State Law Publisher website to search for and purchase legislative publications.

    Freedom of information

    Freedom of information gives the public a right to access government documents, subject to some limitations. Government agencies must help people to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost. The types of information you can request include paper records, plans and drawings, photographs, tape recordings, films, videotapes or information stored in a computerised form. Government agencies must help people to obtain access to documents at the lowest reasonable cost.

    The Office of the Information Commission can provide further help on submitting a freedom of information request.

    Grants and other assistance programs

    The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries provides ongoing funding and one-off grants to non-government organisations and community groups through Western Australia. You can visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website for more information on funded service areas, guidelines and application forms. 

    Contact government

    If you wish to get in touch with the Premier, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, members of parliament or your local member, you may find the following resources helpful:

    Local and Federal Government information

    Some information and services may be provided by either local governments or the Federal Government. You can search for this information using the:

    Page reviewed 08 May 2018
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