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New family and domestic violence hub to be located in Armadale
28th Oct 2021
New family and domestic violence hub to be located in Armadale

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has today announced Armadale will be the location for the McGowan Government’s third one-stop family and domestic violence hub. The ‘one-stop hub’ service will make it easier for people experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence in and around the Armadale area to access …

New lease of life for Fremantle lodging house
26th Oct 2021
New lease of life for Fremantle lodging house

The State Government has announced that St Patrick’s Community Support Centre (St Pat’s) will take over property and tenancy management at a key Fremantle lodging house under a new five-year lease agreement with the Department of Communities. The lodging house located at 100 Hampton Road in Fremantle provides accommodation to low-income earners and people who …

Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park
24th Oct 2021
Children’s Week kicks off with family fun day at Whiteman Park

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially launched Children’s Week, which runs from October 23 to 31, while enjoying the festivities on offer today at the Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park. The free annual event attracts more than 5,000 people each year and combines music, food stalls, child-focused activities and an animal farm where …

Roundtable discusses women’s economic security
20th Oct 2021
Roundtable discusses women’s economic security

Premier Mark McGowan and Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk have today met with leaders from across business, academia, government and not-for-profit organisations to discuss furthering gender equality and women’s economic security. The roundtable, hosted by the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, at Government House, was held in partnership with Chief Executive Women, …

Child safety laws pass WA Parliament
14th Oct 2021
Child safety laws pass WA Parliament

The Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2021 has today passed State Parliament, delivering on the McGowan Government’s commitment to require ministers of religion to report child sexual abuse, including when information is gained during confession. The Bill implements recommendations of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse …

Childcare the centrepiece of $103.5 million training expansion
12th Oct 2021
Childcare the centrepiece of $103.5 million training expansion

The McGowan Government’s Lower fees, local skills program has been extended again – with another 30 TAFE courses discounted, along with the introduction of reduced fees for workers in critical industries needing to upskill. The new initiatives are being jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the McGowan Government and the Commonwealth Government. Workers in industries …

Generosity of carers celebrated during National Carers Week
10th Oct 2021
Generosity of carers celebrated during National Carers Week

Today marks the start of National Carers Week (October 10-16) which recognises the vital role carers play in supporting loved ones. The National campaign theme for 2021 is focused on ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ in acknowledgement of the estimated 2.65 million people across the country who provide unpaid care and support for a family …

Expanded support services in Midland thanks to Lotterywest
7th Oct 2021
Expanded support services in Midland thanks to Lotterywest

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially opened the new Karnany Resource Centre in Midland, presenting Indigo Junction Incorporated (Indigo Junction) with a $480,000 grant through Lotterywest. The funding will support Indigo Junction to maintain and operate the newly refurbished Karnany Resource Centre, which provides much needed local supports for people experiencing homelessness or disadvantage …

Mirrabooka Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot underway
5th Oct 2021
Mirrabooka Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot underway

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has announced Wungening Aboriginal Corporation (Wungening) as the successful Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM) pilot in Mirrabooka. Through the pilot, Wungening will enlist independent Aboriginal convenors to facilitate a culturally safe process that supports Aboriginal families to make decisions about how to …

Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot launched in Mid-West
30th Sep 2021
Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot launched in Mid-West

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has announced Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation (Streeties) as the successful Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) to employ convenors for the Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM) pilot in the Midwest Gascoyne. Through the AFLDM pilot, Streeties will enlist independent Aboriginal convenors to facilitate a culturally safe process that supports Aboriginal …