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Publications promote richness of shared history

Jun 3, 2022
Two publications launched during Reconciliation Week are connecting people to their Aboriginal history and celebrating the richness of Western Australia’s shared history.

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Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

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On 20 April 2020, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 received Royal Assent.
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Funding to continue support for regional arts community

The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.
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$159m COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide crisis support

Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have today established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
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Electronic attendance at meetings

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The department understands the challenges that local governments are facing in regard to social distancing and possible individual self-isolation in Western Australia.
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Instructions to councils to assist supermarkets to respond to demand

Departmental Circular 3 2020

As our state and nation face the challenges of COVID-19, many of our supermarkets and other businesses are struggling to meet unprecedented consumer demand.
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New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

The State Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish a new body to oversee Western Australia's theatre venues and other cultural assets.
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A handy guide to ANDI

The Australian National Development Index (or ANDI) is a collaborative project that tracks national progress and wellbeing.

Arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern

Government organisations and community will collaborate to develop an arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern region, thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP).
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Proposed new laws to Stop Puppy Farming in WA

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The State Government is progressing changes to the law to Stop Puppy Farming in Western Australia.
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Changes to draft reviews for culture and the arts 15k-plus grant programs

The department has changed the way applications are reviewed for Arts 15k-plus and the 15k-plus category of the Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program.
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Arts and Culture Monitor 2019

An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong and increasing public support for the value of the State’s culture and arts activities.
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WA artists to benefit from exchange program with SE Asia

A new grant program will provide an opportunity for Western Australian artists to take part in an exchange program with artists in South East Asia.
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Survey: Building capacities in the WA music sector

Music industry professionals, musicians and practitioners are invited to have their say on professional development and capacity building needs in the local contemporary music industry.

Privacy and Responsible Information Sharing

How many times have you been asked for the same information from different government agencies? For some of you the answer will be "a lot".
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Local and international artists pay homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival

Western Australians and Perth Festival goers will be able to pay homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links on the world's longest stage at the 2020 Perth Festival free public finale event.
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New gifts framework

Departmental Circular 11 2019

On 20 October 2019, the new gifts framework contained within the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will come into operation. This new gift framework has been simplified, with the focus on transparency and accountability.

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