Department of Communities

The Department of Communities brings together vital services and functions that enable individual, family and community wellbeing. Our committed people come to work every day to make a positive difference to the lives of Western Australians, including some of our most vulnerable citizens.
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Logo of the 2024 WA Volunteer Service Awards
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Awards for WA Volunteers Now Open

The WA Volunteer Service Awards were first established in 2012 to recognise and celebrate the significant efforts of Western Australia’s volunteers.
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Supporting the Wanneroo Community in response to the Mariginiup fires

Department of Communities Emergency Relief and Support Team (purple shirts), North Metro District Staff, partner agencies and service providers have been supporting local residents in the City of Wanneroo, impacted by the Mariginiup bushfire emergency.

What we do

We provide services and partner with others to keep children safe; deliver social and public housing; deliver vital community services, including in emergencies; address homelessness; prevent family and domestic violence; provide stewardship for disability services; and drive the agenda for women's interests, youth, seniors and ageing, carers, and volunteering.

Our outcomes

As a purpose-led organisation our outcomes focus on long-term success and realisation of our vision. Our outcomes define the changes that will occur as a result of the supports we provide. Each day we are working towards:

  1. Strong families
  2. Care for children
  3. Inclusive communities
  4. A place to call home
  5. Resilient people and communities
  6. A great place to work

Our outcomes are defined in our Strategic Direction Statement 2022-25.

 View our Strategic Direction Statement

Our portfolios

Ministerial reporting

Make a Freedom of Information request

The Freedom of Information Act 1992 gives the public a right to access information held by the Department of Communities. Learn more on how to lodge an application.