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.


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

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.

Page reviewed 8 December 2022