Department of Communities

We work collaboratively with our partners across government and the community services sector to deliver disability services, child protection and family support, housing, and community and regional initiatives.


News story

Outstanding achievement decades in the making

Tuesday 24 January marked a significant milestone for Department of Communities Customer Liaison Officer Nurel Taylor. It was on this day 46 years ago, as a young woman of 17, that she started working for Communities – or Department for Community Welfare as it was then known.
News story

New accommodation service and hope for people sleeping rough

A former hotel on Murray Street, West Perth purchased by Communities for $5.15 million to support people sleeping rough as part of a Housing First supported accommodation service. A community housing organisation will be appointed to manage the site, with the tender process now open on Tenders WA.

What we do

The Department of Communities is Western Australia’s major human services department that brings together vital services and functions that support individual, family and community wellbeing.

We also lead the State’s social recovery, following challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everything we do is about people, place and home.

People reflects our person-centred approach across all of the various groups we serve. We help people be the best they can be; to live a meaningful life; a life with opportunity for themselves and others.

Place relates to our collective sense of self and how we belong: physically, socially, spiritually and culturally. It is where we feel connected – and ‘one of us’ rather than ‘one of them’. It’s how (and where) we connect to the world around us. Diverse, healthy and well-functioning communities enable citizens to play useful roles in social, economic and cultural life and provide positive ‘spaces and places’ for people to live, work and play. 

Home reflects both who we live with, and the dwelling we live in – and is so much more than just bricks and mortar. It has a deep, emotional meaning and reflects our private selves. Home is different for everyone, but it should always have a few things in common, regardless of who you are. It should be safe. It should be functional. It should provide a sense of security – both physically and emotionally.

Our portfolios

Ministerial reporting

Hon Sabine Winton MLA

Minister for Early Childhood Education; Child Protection; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services


Postal address
Locked Bag 5000
Fremantle WA 6959

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Page reviewed 8 February 2023