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No Jab, No Play to improve vaccination rates in WA children
22nd Jul 2019
No Jab, No Play to improve vaccination rates in WA children

The McGowan Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ policy is effective from today (July 22), meaning any child who is not fully vaccinated can be excluded from being enrolled in childcare services and kindergarten programs (non-compulsory early education and care). These changes will improve Western Australian vaccination rates to achieve optimal coverage. Children are vulnerable to …

Funding to boost safety for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse families
5th Jul 2019
Funding to boost safety for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse families

Services for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) families experiencing domestic violence are set to be enhanced thanks to State Government grants of $1.5 million. Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said the grants are for two respected community organisations to work with services and community groups to better respond to …

Architects enlisted to help develop a vision for Victoria Quay
28th Jun 2019
Architects enlisted to help develop a vision for Victoria Quay

 Local architects and urban planners joined the Victoria Quay Steering Group today to workshop ideas for built form, spaces and uses at the historic waterfront precinct. Victoria Quay Steering Group Chair and State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, convened the workshop to harness local talent and expertise in the development of a vision for Victoria …

McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services
27th Jun 2019
McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services

The McGowan Government has shown its ongoing commitment to supporting the community services sector by reversing indexation changes made by the Liberal National Government, which had left organisations supporting our most vulnerable citizens out of pocket. The previous government changed the NGHSS Indexation Policy to be based entirely on CPI, which reduced funding to the …

McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services
27th Jun 2019
McGowan Government delivers $30m boost to community services

The McGowan Government has shown its ongoing commitment to supporting the community services sector by reversing indexation changes made by the Liberal National Government, which had left organisations supporting our most vulnerable citizens out of pocket. The previous government changed the NGHSS Indexation Policy to be based entirely on CPI, which reduced funding to the …

McGowan Government unveils revitalised Fremantle netball hub
23rd Jun 2019
McGowan Government unveils revitalised Fremantle netball hub

Premier Mark McGowan and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today delivered a key election commitment in Perth’s southern suburbs – officially opening the Fremantle Netball Association’s new, Western Australian-built facilities at Frank Gibson Park. The award-winning Fremantle Netball Association, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary, is a fixture for many Western Australian families …

CSRFF focus on women’s facilities as demand surges
18th Jun 2019
CSRFF focus on women’s facilities as demand surges

Sport in Western Australia is set to benefit from an increased funding allocation to make facilities accessible to women in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) program. The CSRFF provides $12 million a year to community groups and local governments to develop infrastructure for sport and recreation. The last …

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, …