The Department of Communities (Communities) works with a range of stakeholders to support many Western Australians.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government, community services and private sector organisations have strengthened their relationships to ensure vital services are delivered to people we support. Communities will continue to improve and develop these relationships. This page will keep you informed about the work that Communities and its partners are doing.
Communities’ Partnership Framework
The Communities' Partnership Framework was launched in May 2021 by Communities’ former Director General Michelle Andrews and WACOSS Chief Executive Officer Louise Giolitto.
The Partnership Framework documents Communities’ partnership vision, including goals for partnering and how to achieve these goals. The Framework was developed following a report into Communities’ partnership capacity, which highlighted the need to strengthen partnership relationships.
Communities has been building relationships with government, community services and private sectors. The quality of relationships affects the ability to deliver and achieve goals. Communities is committed to improve its work with Aboriginal people, communities, and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. Achieving these goals will result in better outcomes for many Western Australians.
COVID-19 Vulnerable Cohort Taskforces
Vulnerable Cohort Taskforces were set up in March 2020 to combine the efforts of community sector service partners and the State Government to ensure the most vulnerable people in Western Australia were supported through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Partnerships Roundtable
The Community Partnerships Roundtable assists Communities to partner better with the community services sector.
The Roundtable first met in October 2020 and includes senior staff from Communities and the community services sector peaks and continues to meet on a quarterly basis.
The Roundtable is co-chaired by Communities’ Director General and the Western Australian Council of Social Service Chief Executive Officer.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference describes the purpose of the Roundtable and how members work together.
The Roundtable Terms of Reference were endorsed at the May 2021meeting.
Meetings and work plan for 2022
The Roundtable determined three priority areas for 2021:
- Commissioning of services.
- Service integration within Communities and the community services sector.
- Building capacity in the sector to respond to emerging and unmet needs.
To assist in working on these priority areas, two Working Groups were formed, one focussing on commissioning and the other on data sharing and outcomes. These two Working Groups are chaired jointly by Communities and sector partners, and focus developing the commissioning process, and on the parameters and protocols for sharing data and outcomes between Communities and the sector.
2022 meeting dates – Community Partnerships Roundtable
- Meeting 1 – 16 February
- Meeting 2 – 18 May
- Meeting 3 – 17 August
- Meeting 4 – 16 November
Communities' Regional Partnerships
District Leadership Groups
District Leadership Groups and Regional Human Services Managers Groups are cross-agency collaborative networks at a local level.
Some of these groups have been in place since 2012. There are 17 groups across Western Australia.
All of the groups collaborate, share information, address local problems and work together to improve outcomes for their community.
Membership is determined by the needs and priorities of the group, but can include representatives from all levels of government, the community services sector, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and industry.
The District Leadership Groups (and in some instances Regional Human Services Managers Groups) embody regional collaborative practice and are an important part of Communities’ partnership plan.
For more information please contact DLGs@communities.wa.gov.au.
Early Years Networks
Communities supports more than 40 Early Years Networks across the State. These Networks rest on multi-organisation collaboration and play a fundamental role in supporting better outcomes for children and their families in local communities.
Early Years Networks have been operating since 2007-08 and were fundamental to the West Australian Early Years Strategy launched in 2003.