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Mandatory reporting legislation to be extended to ministers of religion
23rd May 2019
Mandatory reporting legislation to be extended to ministers of religion

The McGowan Government today announced it will amend the Children and Community Services Act 2004 to require ministers of religion to report child sexual abuse, including where they have gained this knowledge through religious confession. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said the changes would deliver an important recommendation of the Western Australian response to the …

McGowan Government releases preliminary response to Aboriginal youth suicide reports
22nd May 2019
McGowan Government releases preliminary response to Aboriginal youth suicide reports

The McGowan Government today released its  preliminary response to the State Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley and the 2016 Message Stick Inquiry into Aboriginal youth suicide in remote areas. The Statement of Intent outlines the McGowan Government’s unwavering commitment to a partnership approach to address the …

New Family Birthing Centre set to deliver for mums to be
21st May 2019
New Family Birthing Centre set to deliver for mums to be

Construction for the new Family Birthing Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is well underway with the state-of-the-art birthing facility due to be open in September. It has been designed in consultation with a group of mums who have utilised FSH maternity services in the past few years. The centre will feature three birthing suites, …

$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence
18th Apr 2019
$30.9 million boost to tackle family and domestic violence

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today announced the McGowan Government will commit an additional $30.9 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to address family and domestic violence. The McGowan Government’s investment in a suite of initiatives includes: $11.7 million to establish two new Family and Domestic Violence One Stop Hubs; $15.5 …

Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer
17th Apr 2019
Safe access zones around sexual health clinics in Western Australia move a step closer

The McGowan Government has today released a discussion paper to introduce safe access zones around premises that provide abortion services in Western Australia. The paper entitled ‘Safe access zones – Proposal for reform in Western Australia’ explores how an appropriate legislative framework might operate to ensure patients can access health services, including abortion clinics, without …

Way forward for tenants facing family violence
15th Apr 2019
Way forward for tenants facing family violence

New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. The new laws allow a tenant to end their tenancy with as little as seven days’ notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on …

$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief
3rd Apr 2019
$1.44 million Lotterywest grant for Vinnies emergency relief

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) will get a $1.44 million boost for its vital emergency relief work thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presented the Lotterywest grant to Vinnies at their distributions centre in Canning Vale today (April 3). Vinnies’ emergency relief service provides support through food assistance, utility …

New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital
1st Apr 2019
New dental clinic opens at Fremantle Hospital

From today, more than 30,000 eligible patients in the Fremantle catchment area will be able to access free general dental care from the newly expanded Fremantle General Dental Clinic. Now located at Fremantle Hospital, the clinic will provide vital general dental care to eligible patients including Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders aged 17 …

Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians
28th Mar 2019
Awards honour outstanding young Western Australians

Young Western Australians from a care background have today been recognised for their dedication to ongoing education and training at the annual Achievers Awards. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk congratulated the 46 recipients for their hard work and determination in pursuing their career goals. The annual Achiever Awards celebrate young Western Australians aged 15-25 years …

Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers
26th Mar 2019
Home Stretch trial to provide additional support to vulnerable care leavers

The Department of Communities will partner with Anglicare WA to implement a targeted trial that provides enhanced supports to vulnerable young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence. Developed through a unique co-design process with the community services sector and care leavers, the trial will commence in the south metropolitan region from May 2019. The …