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Pre-Birth Planning Program keeping mums and babies together
22nd Mar 2022
Pre-Birth Planning Program keeping mums and babies together

We know that children thrive at home with their own family in loving, caring, environments. That is always the preferred option – and while safety must come first, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure families are given the support they need to stay together An innovative McGowan Government program where at-risk …

Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy released for comment
22nd Mar 2022
Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy released for comment

We know that Aboriginal families are disproportionately impacted by family and domestic violence, and the State Government is committed to turning this around. A State Government strategy to support Aboriginal family safety and combat domestic violence has been released for public comment. The Aboriginal Family Safety Strategy has been developed following extensive community feedback, in …

Ten more free RATs
15th Mar 2022
Ten more free RATs

Massive news for West Aussies: under the next phase of our Australian-first WA Free RAT Program, every household will receive 10 more free RATs – on top of the five already announced. In addition, half a million free RATs will also be handed out at some train stations, major events, universities, TAFEs, and shopping centres …

Small Grants for Schools
13th Mar 2022
Small Grants for Schools

Unlike (ahem) our Prime Minister, these kids are pretty handy on the ol’ ukulele! These cute kids at Phoenix Primary School are using the ukuleles and keyboards I donated as part of my Small Grants for Schools program.  It’s fantastic to see how much they’re enjoying them – uke can really see it in their faces! In …

Funding to help family and domestic violence survivors stay in their homes
11th Mar 2022
Funding to help family and domestic violence survivors stay in their homes

The McGowan Government is delivering on a $1.615 million election commitment to support women and children at risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence. Funding for the Safer Pathways Program, to be delivered over four years, is expected to help an additional 187 women and children in need, with the program expanding to …

Very high caseload settings introduced for Western Australia
9th Mar 2022
Very high caseload settings introduced for Western Australia

As planned, Western Australia will move to very high caseload settings from 12.01am Thursday March 10 to ensure continuity of operations for critical industries as COVID-19 cases approach the peak. Based on the latest health advice, businesses that have registered their critical workforce will have the option of implementing new testing and isolation protocols for …

Celebrating Western Australia’s women in innovation on International Women’s Day 2022
8th Mar 2022
Celebrating Western Australia’s women in innovation on International Women’s Day 2022

The McGowan Labor Government celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) today by recognising Western Australia’s trailblazing business women. The theme for this year’s IWD 2022 is Break The Bias, as people around the world celebrate the achievements of women, raise awareness of gender bias and take action for equality. Australia is home to 355,000 registered start-up …

Determined to #BreaktheBias on International Women’s Day
8th Mar 2022
Determined to #BreaktheBias on International Women’s Day

Today as we mark International Women’s Day, the McGowan Government is celebrating the steps taken towards gender equality in the workplace, while acknowledging more still needs to be done. Half of all Western Australians are women and girls, with women currently making up 47 per cent of the WA workforce, compared to 36 per cent …

New funding to help stamp out family and domestic violence
4th Mar 2022
New funding to help stamp out family and domestic violence

It is a sad reality that family and domestic violence is all too common in our community – but this funding will help build important initiatives that stop the violence before it starts. It is important to take a long-term view, and the development of a prevention structure for Western Australia will address the conditions …

WA’s Plan for Gender Equality going strong
18th Jan 2022
WA’s Plan for Gender Equality going strong

The McGowan Government’s second action plan under ‘Stronger Together: WA’s Plan for Gender Equality’ was launched today, continuing its commitment to create better outcomes for women and girls and achieve positive change for our whole community. Stronger Together is the first whole-of-government, long-term plan to advance gender equality in Western Australia and is being led …