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Learning to pour a beer behind the bar

Longer trading hours for fans to enjoy football championship

May 15, 2024
Applications are now open for pubs and bars in Western Australian to stay open longer and serve liquor while showing televised matches of the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 Championship.
Primary school students stand with Olympic athletes Jayde Taylor and  Trent Mitton

Hockey Olympians unleashed in Goldfields inspiring next generation of future stars

May 14, 2024
WA Hockey stars and Olympians Jayde Taylor and Trent Mitton recently visited the Goldfields to motivate and inspire young locals as part of the Olympics Unleashed program.
A crowd of people watch and listen to a band on a stage , surrounded by large trees.

Words, song, photos and music all part of regional vitality

May 14, 2024
A writers’ festival, multicultural celebrations, a photography project and a pub full of sea shanties are among the activities funded in the latest round of regional arts grants.
A crowd at the Perth 2024 ISPA Conference are standing a clapping

WA to host Australian Performing Arts Market

May 13, 2024
The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) will be hosted in Western Australia for the first time in the major event’s 30-year history.
A small group of Aboriginal people sit on the ground painting on an unstretched canvas

Funding to support connection to country in WA communities

May 13, 2024
The State Government’s Connecting to Country grant program is continuing to support Western Australia’s Aboriginal people and organisations to transfer knowledge between generations and preserve culture – 20 projects will each receive up to $25,000 this year.
Woman leans over desk and shakes the hand of a man visiting her office

Funding to establish the Office of the Local Government Inspector

May 13, 2024
The first stage of establishing the proposed new local government inspector and monitors will get underway, with the State Government allocating $702,000 in the State Budget to begin planning and establishing this new office that will prevent and address dysfunction in local government in WA.
DLGSC Director General Lanie Chopping pictured with winners of inaugural Best Australian Short Film Competition

The May edition of the CAtch-up is out now!

May 7, 2024
The May edition of the CAtch-up, our regular newsletter for the culture and the arts sector, is now available online.
A small group of people are looking at Aboriginal art works on the wall in an art gallery

Emerging talent in spotlight for Revealed 2024 art exhibition

May 6, 2024
When Revealed 2024 opens its doors on 9 May, visitors to the Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre will have the opportunity to see more than 150 pieces from some of WA’s finest First Nations artists.
Alluvial Gold by Louise Devenish, Erin Coates and Stuart James. Produced by Tura New Music. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, June 2022. Photo by Edify Media.

Three million dollars in grants for arts and culture projects in WA

May 1, 2024
75 community organisations, groups and individuals across Western Australia will benefit from $3,107,488 in grants to support arts, music, and cultural projects and events in WA via 2 funding streams.
Pictured: AHWA researchers Duane Kelly and Leanne McDonagh

AHWA takes truth telling and family research to the regions

Apr 30, 2024
Team members from Aboriginal History Western Australia (AHWA) and the State Library of Western Australia's Storylines program hit the road in March to hold free family history sessions in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt.
A person swimming at a local swimming pool

Funding helps regional athletes achieve sporting dreams

Apr 26, 2024
Regional athletes are kicking goals with the latest round of funding to support their ongoing development close to home — more than $2.6 million in total being provided by the State Government.
Behind the scenes of a film production with equipment on a truck

State Government investing in WA’s job-creating screen industry

Apr 24, 2024
The State Government will invest $31.9 million over 4 years to implement a new screen industry strategy as part of its economic diversification plans, with initiatives that grow the local screen industry and establish Western Australia as a major international and national screen production destination.
Image credit: Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, 2023. Photo courtesy of Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

Facilities funding available for public regional galleries

Apr 23, 2024
Public arts and cultural galleries in regional WA can now apply for funding from $5000 to $100,000 for minor or major facility improvements through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
RE//Perth: A winter arts festival graphic

New arts festival coming to Perth this winter

Apr 22, 2024
Perth is set to launch a new winter arts and cultural festival this July, with RE//Perth activating multiple Northbridge spaces in a celebration of creativity and urban exploration.
The forest near Dwellingup

Collie and Dwellingup recognised as world-class Trail Towns

Apr 22, 2024
Trails WA has awarded Collie and Dwellingup with Trail Town accreditation on the back of significant State Government investment in mountain bike trails throughout both locations.
10 DLGSC attendees and presenters of the 2024 trails forum pose for a group photo.

WA Trails Forum sets path forward for sustainable active outdoor recreation

Apr 19, 2024
Industry leaders gather to discuss future of trails in Western Australia.
Staff member using office equipment

Valuation of Land – Mining Tenements on land subject to Miscellaneous Licence

Apr 19, 2024

LG Alert

Section 6.26 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that certain categories of land are not rateable, meaning that a rate bill may not be issued in relation to that land.
Kalgoorlie town hall

New Long Service Leave Regulations and Reform Webinar 9

Apr 18, 2024

LG Alert

New Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations 2024 now replace the Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations of 1977.
An artist swinging from a tree in regional WA.

Regional arts are enriched by funding boost

Apr 18, 2024
Organisers of a much-loved music festival and art enrichment programs are among the recipients of funding in the latest round of the Regional Arts Sector Investment Program (RASI).
Twilight beach near Esperance in Western Australia

Improved long service leave for local government employees

Apr 17, 2024
About 23,000 local government employees in Western Australia will benefit from clearer long service leave entitlements with the State Government introducing new regulations that will provide clarity and certainty.
Regulations

CEO recruitment and termination

Apr 16, 2024

LG Alert

Local government councils must approve, by absolute majority, appointments to the position of chief executive officer (CEO) and their employment contracts.
Workers at a casino

Notice of Extension of Remediation Period

Apr 16, 2024
On 26 March 2024, the Minister for Racing and Gaming, the Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA, announced his decision to extend the initial 2-year remediation period for the casino licensee.
Local Government Minister Hannah Beazley MLA at Pinjar ORV site near Wanneroo

Upgrade to off-road vehicle areas

Apr 11, 2024
The upgrade of two ORV areas in York and Ledge Point are providing safe and environmentally friendly sites for trail bike, quad bike and all-terrain vehicle users.
Logo for PALS - Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing

School funding to advance the journey of Aboriginal reconciliation

Apr 10, 2024
Advancing and promoting Aboriginal reconciliation in the community through WA school and kindergarten projects is the aim of a DLGSC program which is currently offering a total of $799,000 in grants.
A presenter standing at a lecturn engaging an audience

Guidance on council and committee meetings updated

Mar 28, 2024

LG Alert

Guidance material on council and committee meetings has been updated to better support the establishment and operation of committees in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.
A group of hikers on a trail

City of Wanneroo gets active with Hiking Participation Grant

Mar 28, 2024
Our Hiking Participation Grants Program is an initiative that aims to leave a lasting impact on the accessibility, safety and enjoyment of hiking experiences across the diverse landscapes of WA.
Drone view of the Albany Entertainment Centre at dusk

Contract awarded for Albany Entertainment Centre works

Mar 26, 2024
The State Government has awarded the contract for important roof repairs at the iconic Albany Entertainment Centre, with Colab Construction to start work soon.
Portrait photo of Gary Dreibergs

New Chair appointed to the Gaming and Wagering Commission

Mar 26, 2024
The government has announced the appointment of highly respected former Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Dreibergs for a three-year term.
Standing in the seating area at a stadium are Marcelyn Nicolaou, Executive Director, DSLGC ; Matt Bamford, Member and Partnerships Manager, SportWest; David Bruce, Referee, Football West; and Andrew Tye, Perth Scorchers, WA Cricket.

Good sideline behaviour the latest focus for True Sport

Mar 21, 2024
SportWest releases latest package of resources aimed at promoting a positive culture, respect and fair play from the sidelines.
A group of 6 people standing together

International Festival of Hockey to descend on Perth

Mar 21, 2024
Fans can now purchase tickets to see the world's best men's and women's hockey teams play off in Western Australia, ahead of the Paris Olympics this year, as part of a new global hockey event.
Outback roads, Karijini National Park

New community goes dry and 3 renew commitment

Mar 20, 2024
An Aboriginal community in the Pilbara is the latest to ban alcohol and joins 3 north west communities renewing their commitment to being alcohol free.
Montage of soccer field, swimming pool, skate park, tennis court with text: $24.2 million for community facilities and light up clubs at night

Major win for community sporting and recreation facilities in WA

Mar 15, 2024
The State Government is showing its commitment to community sporting and recreation needs by providing a major source of funding for the year ahead — $24.2 million in total for facilities’ infrastructure and lighting up clubs at night.
People toasting drinks at a table in a pub

Reminder: Good Friday trading

Mar 14, 2024
Under the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act), the specified trading hours for Good Friday are treated differently.
In a stadium, a soccer goalie leaps out of the goals to deflect a incoming soccer ball.

Perth to host Socceroos World Cup qualifiers

Mar 12, 2024
The Socceroos are set to go head-to-head with Palestine's national men's team this winter, in a blockbuster football match.
Aboriginal dot painting with text: Aboriginal History WA and Storylines are coming to the Great Southern and Wheatbelt

Aboriginal History WA and Storylines take off on regional road trip

Mar 11, 2024
Team members from Aboriginal History Western Australia (AHWA) and the State Library of Western Australia's Storylines will be hitting the road this March to jointly hold free family history sessions in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt.
Cast and crew on the stage at the Premiere of Population : 11

Nearly $19m screen funding revealed at WA production premiere

Mar 11, 2024
Show business is good business for WA – that’s the message from the State Government as the Minister for Culture and the Arts reveals almost $19 million in new funding for the state’s screen industry.
Actors, Georgia King, Mark Storen in Mama Stitch by Whiskey & Boots, Perth Festival, 2021. Photo by Fionn Mulholland.

More than $1.3 million in grants for regional performing arts

Mar 8, 2024
Eleven regional performing arts organisations will receive more than $1.3 million between them to support touring and reaching audiences in WA’s regions.
Women standing together with the Minister of Sport and Recreation in Kings Park, Perth.

Celebrating the female leaders of WA’s recreation sector

Mar 8, 2024
This year’s International Women’s Day theme 'Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress’ recognises that economic empowerment is central to achieving gender equality.
A man and a woman tussle over a ball in a scene from the Back Swan State Theatre Company production of Barracking for the Umpire.

Regional win for the arts

Mar 7, 2024
Three Western Australian dance and theatre companies will be staging their work around the State over the next three years thanks to regional touring funding.
DLGSC Director General Lanie Chopping (centre) presents the prize for the West Australian Short Film Category — won by won by Kyle Thistlethwaite, Nicholas Verryn, Nadine Barry and Taylor Finch for ‘Verge Collection’

Prize-winning short films hit the big screen at Rooftop

Mar 1, 2024
Australia’s best short film makers were recognised last night at the awards for the Best Australian Short-Film Competition.
The stage at the WA Sports Awards night on 29 February 2024

Samantha Kerr secures historic third WA Sports Star Award

Mar 1, 2024
Perth soccer star’s hat-trick — Sam Kerr named WA Sport Star of the Year for third time and Australian Football Rules' Troy Kirkham takes home DLGSC Sports Administrator of the Year award.
A old style weight machine

Changes to the weigh-in rules certificate of Fitness forms and serology submissions

Feb 29, 2024
As part of the Combat Sports Commission’s commitment to continuous improvement, some important changes have been made for weigh-in rules, how serology is being reported and a new Certificate of Fitness.
6 government officials at the turning of the sod for the City of Cockburn ARC and Fremantle Football Club Community Expansion Project

Funding means clubs can welcome more women and girls

Feb 29, 2024
The State Government is encouraging more women and girls to get involved in sport and active recreation thanks to new female and unisex changerooms at Cockburn ARC
A woman speaking into a hand held microphone, seated within an audience

Consultation paper proposes simplified local government meeting processes

Feb 28, 2024
Local Government Minister Hannah Beazley encouraged local government council members, staff, stakeholders and community members to provide their feedback on proposals to standardise council meeting rules as she opened a 3-month consultation today.
Group of people on a business meeting

Standardised meeting procedures consultation now open

Feb 28, 2024

LG Alert

A 3-month consultation period is now open to inform the development of new regulations and guidance materials to standardise local government council and meeting procedures in WA.
Local Government Act changes

Local government reform webinar 8

Feb 23, 2024

LG Alert

Please join us for our first local government reform webinar for this year.
We Bury the Dead writer/director Zak Hilditch behind the camera on set in Albany

We Bury The Dead commences production in the Great Southern

Feb 22, 2024
The Great Southern region is abuzz with activity this week as filming commences on survival-thriller feature film, We Bury The Dead, featuring international star Daisy Ridley and Australian stars Brenton Thwaites and Mark Coles Smith, across the next 6 weeks.
Attendees stand on the verandah at the opening of the R & J FishWick Pavilion

Legacy football and cricket pavilion project nets $700,000 grant

Feb 20, 2024
The State Government is showing its commitment to community sporting needs in the Shire of Dardunup by pitching in a major funding contribution to a new football and cricket pavilion at Eaton Oval, a legacy project to honour two much-loved locals.
Soccer ball in the corner of a grass pitch.

Perth Glory Football Club to continue as the A-League team in WA

Feb 19, 2024
Perth Glory Football Club will continue as the A-League team in Western Australia following confirmation the Pelligra Group has purchased the club.
Female athlete holds Australian flag above her head on a running track. with text announcing grants of $5000 to assist Olympians and Paralympians

Grants for WA’s Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls to head to Paris 2024 Games

Feb 18, 2024
As the world counts down to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, more than $1.3 million in State Government funding is being made available to help Western Australian athletes who are heading to France for Team Australia.
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Extended trading for public holidays

Feb 16, 2024
As in past years the Director of Liquor Licensing (DLL), under the Liquor Control Act 1988, is issuing extended trading permits by way of a notice published in the Gazette for non-metropolitan liquor stores for selected Sundays in 2024.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2023

Feb 16, 2024
Issued under the Liquor Control Act 1988 sections 31 (4) and (7) and 60 by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
Gambling chips on a green gambling table

Gaming house busts send strong message to illegal operators

Feb 14, 2024
Organisers and players involved in illegal gaming houses are being warned of the serious consequences they could face if caught breaking WA’s gaming laws.
Person with a backpack hiking on a walking trail in the Kimberley

$900,000 in community grants available to blaze trails across WA

Feb 12, 2024
Grants of up to $50,000 are now available for new community-led trail projects in Western Australia.
Close up selfie of Red Rock Run producer Miriam Stein; writer Meg Shields and director Cathy Randall with Pilbara landscape in the background

New feature film Red Rock Run to be produced in Pilbara

Feb 9, 2024
Western Australian writer Meg Shields’ debut feature film, Red Rock Run, has been greenlit for production in the Pilbara later this year.
5 children are lined up in a public swimming pool.

Pool entry pilot program ending summer with a splash for kids

Feb 8, 2024
As cost-of-living pressure rises alongside the summer temperatures, the State Government is introducing a free pool entry pilot program across the Gascoyne, Midwest, Wheatbelt, and Great Southern regions for eligible children and young people.
Premier of Western Australia, and Minister for Culture and the Arts presenting two Lotterywest grant certificates to the CEO of Screenwest at the construction site that will house the state’s new screen production facility

Blockbuster funding year for Screenwest — $9.2 million in 2023/24

Feb 8, 2024
The State Government is showing its support for WA’s screen industry with a blockbuster funding announcement of $9.2 million in Lotterywest grants for 2023/24 — an additional $1.5 million compared to the previous year.
Architects drawing of the proposed Albany Surf Life Saving Club

Albany Surf Life Saving Club redevelopment begins

Feb 5, 2024
The $3.35 million expansion and redevelopment of the Albany Surf Life Saving Club begins today.
Cast and crew with Ministers Templeman and Dawson on  the film et

Stan Original comedic crime thriller filmed in WA outback

Jan 30, 2024
Population 11, the first Stan Original Series to be filmed in Western Australia, will premiere on 14 March.
L-R: Birthright cast members Michael Hurst, Maria Angelico, Linda Cropper and Travis Jeffrey with writer/director Zoe Pepper. Photo credit: Emma Vickery.

Perth Hills the scene of the latest WA film production

Jan 29, 2024
Production of WA feature film Birthright kicks off production today in the Perth Hills.
Sandfly performers skip through a scene of ‘Ahoy!’ by the Act Belong Commit Sandfly Circus. Theatre Kimberley, Broome, 2022. Photo by Robak Photography.

WA arts organisations contributing to vibrant communities

Jan 25, 2024
A total of 29 arts and cultural organisations will share almost $1.7 million in grant funding to support arts, music, and cultural projects in Western Australia.
5 young people gather in a community centre laughing and talking

Dalyellup community and youth centre project given a funding boost

Jan 25, 2024
The Dalyellup community in our south-west will benefit from a $1 million boost to the construction of its new multipurpose community and youth centre
Close up of 4 people rowing.

Latest funding round to elevate sporting and recreational events in WA

Jan 24, 2024
The Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has opened its latest round of grant applications for its Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program

Learn how you can build a more integrated, welcoming community through free placemaking training!

Jan 23, 2024
We’ve engaged the Town Team Movement to offer free, online placemaking training to all local government staff and elected officials until 30 June 2024.
Close up image of casino chips

Unclaimed winnings to tackle gambling harm and improve WA

Jan 19, 2024
Three organisations dealing with gambling harm are among 14 community projects in Western Australia that have received financial support via a fund of unclaimed winnings from casino gaming and wagering.
Minister Templeman and a group colourful performers on the stage of a circus tent

📣 Roll up, roll up, FRINGE WORLD festival open for 2024

Jan 18, 2024
The 2024 summer festival season has arrived, with the 2024 FRINGE WORLD festival opening today and running until 18 February 2024.
Alluvial Gold by Louise Devenish, Erin Coates and Stuart James. Produced by Tura New Music. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, June 2022.

A million dollars in grants for community arts and culture projects

Jan 17, 2024
Dozens of community groups and individuals will benefit from more than $1 million in government grants to support arts, music and cultural projects in Western Australia.
Woman reading a book in a library.

Calling all writers – the WA Premier's Book Awards open for entries

Jan 15, 2024
Western Australian writers are being urged to enter the 2024 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, which have opened for books published or self-published in 2023.
Close up of a red sports ball with an umpire's whistle

Coaching and Officiating Grants Program

Jan 15, 2024
$200,000 in grant funding available to state sporting associations to help support and develop coaches and officials in WA.
Left to right: Community Education Officer, Duane Kelly; AHWA client Roma Winmar and NITV journalist Kearyn Cox

National Indigenous TV help promote Aboriginal History Unit

Jan 11, 2024
Visitors to level 3 of the State Library had a surprise this week when a crew from National Indigenous TV came to film a story promoting the Aboriginal History WA
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Feedback on 2022-23 model financial statements

Jan 9, 2024

LG Alert

Local government financial and accounting officers are invited to provide feedback on the model financial statements and guidance material we provided for 2022-23.
Close up image of 6 bottle of beer with caps on, in a cardboard carry box

“Show Cause” notice issued to Broome and Derby liquor licensees restrictions

Jan 8, 2024
On 8 January 2024, the Director of Liquor Licensing (DLL) issued ‘show-cause’ notices to licensees in respect of 37 licensed premises in the Kimberley towns of Broome and Derby outlining proposed liquor sales restrictions under Section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act). Separate notices proposed different restrictions for the two towns.
A group of swimmers about to start an ocean race. All wearing swim caps, goggles and racing attire

More than $630,000 invested to support sport and recreation and mass participation events in WA

Jan 5, 2024
The State Government is providing $635,715 in financial support to assist sport and recreation organisations to plan, secure and deliver mass participation events in Western Australia in 2024.
Waroona Railside Park and the signage showing the development  plans

Waroona Railside Park brings community together

Jan 4, 2024
The new $4.4 million Waroona Railside Park has been officially opened.
Graphic with the words, "You're in a Protected Entertainment Precinct" and a background of out of focus lights at night

Violent offender bans keeping Perth’s entertainment precincts safe

Dec 21, 2023
Dozens of violent and anti-social offenders have been banned from entering the five Protected Entertainment Precincts (PEPs), one year on from the introduction of laws aimed at keeping these areas safe for people to enjoy.
2 students using magnifying glasses at the beach with the words, 'Creativity for Schools Program'

School funding for students to foster creative learning skills

Dec 21, 2023
Encouraging creative learning and critical thinking are at the heart of the latest financial support provided by the DLGSC for an extensive range of projects that will improve the skills and talents of Western Australian children and young people.
Image credit: Ben Yew, The Smallest Stage, Produced by Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

The Smallest Stage wins big

Dec 20, 2023
A recipient of our regional arts funding program has just been recognised as the Best Mainstage Production at the 2023 Performing Arts WA Awards.
Mel Walley-Stack, Director of AHWA , Minister and Mark Chambers from AHWA looking at historical records.

New face-to-face space for Aboriginal people seeking family history

Dec 19, 2023
Aboriginal people who want to learn more about their family history now have a dedicated client space within the State Library to request ancestry information and research services.
A shallow depth of field focus photograph of a gaming machine

Gaming and Wagering Commission Chair to depart

Dec 18, 2023
The State Government has announced Dr Michael Schaper has resigned as Chair of the Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC).
Image of Banned Drinkers Register drivers licence scanning machine

Start of Banned Drinkers Register changes to reduce alcohol harm

Dec 18, 2023
New laws to enhance the Banned Drinkers Register and help tackle the ongoing issue of alcohol related harm, are in effect from 14 December 2023.
Bibbulmun Track with guide sign, Beedelup National Park, Western Australia

Bibbulmun Track celebrates 25 years

Dec 18, 2023
This year marks 25 years since the Bibbulmun Track first opened.
Monatage of 4 images showing grass playing field, swimming pool, cricket player, lawn bowls player

More than $2.1 million boost for sport and recreation facilities

Dec 15, 2023
27 sport and recreation projects throughout Western Australia are benefitting from more than $2.1 million in funding from the State Government's latest small grants round.
Outdoor community swimming pool lanes with a shade sail covering.

$4.9 million funding splash for Kununurra swimming pool

Dec 14, 2023
The State Government is splashing extra cash towards water activities in the East Kimberley by investing an additional $4.9 million in the redevelopment of the Kununurra Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Athletes and government officials at the announcement Perth will be hosting the 2029 World Masters Games.

World Masters Games coming to Perth in 2029

Dec 13, 2023
Perth has been announced as the host city for the 2029 World Masters Games.
Photograph: Image is Minister Templeman, Carolyn Turnbull from Tourism WA, Producer James Grandison from Arenamedia, Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest CEO on the set of The Surfer

It’s a wrap for WA production of The Surfer starring Nicolas Cage

Dec 12, 2023
As filming for the psychological thriller The Surfer wraps up in the South West this week, figures are coming to hand showing the flow on economic benefits to the region from the State Government supported production.
Australian All Schools Athletics Championships banner with he logo and words, 'Event hub 8-10 December'.

Massive weekend of school athletics kicks off in Perth

Dec 8, 2023
Australia's best school-aged sports stars will compete in top-level athletic competitions this weekend, as the All Schools Athletics Championships (All Schools) kick off at the WA Athletics Stadium in Perth.
A small group of people looking at Aboriginal art works on the wall in an art gallery

First Nations organisation takes reins for major arts showcase

Dec 6, 2023
The Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia (AACHWA) has been awarded $930,000 by the State Government to lead a major event on the WA arts calendar for 2024-2026.
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Local government guidance: undertaking your next prescribed budget review

Dec 5, 2023

LG Alert

Regulation 33A of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations now requires local governments to undertake a review of their 2023-24 annual budget no earlier than 31 December 2023 and no later than 29 February 2024.
DLGSC Pilbara Regional Manager Toby Cotterel (left) with award winners in Karratha - Ashleigh Greenwell, Toby Fountain, Cassie Perry and Jodie Swaffer - plus Sharon Leyland from sponsor Extreme Edge.

Sports awards recognise Pilbara athletes and officials

Dec 5, 2023
The 2023 Pilbara Regional Sports Awards have recognised and celebrated the contribution and outstanding achievements of members of the local sport and recreation community.
Australian rules football on grass playing field

WA Italian Team of the Century launches

Nov 30, 2023
The inaugural Western Australian Italian Team of the Century was launched by the WA Italian Club on 29 November 2023.
A line of people on a beach looking out to the surf.

Wave of extra funding for Albany Surf Club revamp

Nov 27, 2023
A request to the State Government for half a million dollars towards the Albany Surf Life Saving Club redevelopment project is no longer a pipe dream, with the swell news from WA's Sport and Recreation Minister that the $500,000 will be provided.
Two young people in sports clothes with text: Play well. Everyone has a place in sport. Playwell.gov.au

New Play Well strategy boosts inclusive sports participation

Nov 24, 2023
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has launched Play Well, Australia’s Sport Participation Strategy, to foster inclusive and diverse sporting environments and experiences nationwide.
Mature man working at home. He has a laptop and is writing on a document at the table.

Council member mandatory training requirements

Nov 24, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments must organise for new council members to undertake mandatory training.
A drone image of Lesmurdie Falls

150 reasons to start your next trails adventure

Nov 23, 2023
Trails WA releases top trails list, encouraging all Western Australians to explore our great outdoors.
Audience at the Silent Disco in the Pleasure Garden lit up with lights

It's show time: FRINGE is back to delight summer audiences

Nov 22, 2023
The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2024, with the government providing a significant funding boost to help deliver more than 500 events this summer.
Mountain bike rider on coastal sand dunes at sunset.

New mountain bike trails for Perth's northern suburbs

Nov 20, 2023
Mountain biking in the heart of Perth's northern suburbs is a step closer with design and construction of family-friendly trails at Lake Joondalup going to tender.

Stop Puppy Farming — consultation closing soon

Nov 20, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments, community members, animal rehoming services, vet practices and other stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on proposed new Dog and Cat Regulations before public consultation closes on 5pm 20 November 2023.
A film crew filming actors on a car inside a studio

Forward works begin on screen production facility

Nov 17, 2023
Forward works will begin at the site of Western Australia's new screen production facility located along Marshall Road, to the south of Whiteman Park, near the Malaga METRONET station precinct.
Flowers on a gravestone with the words, 'Cemeteries and cremations consultation now open'

Cemeteries Act and Cremations Act Review

Nov 15, 2023
The public, community groups, industry and government bodies are invited to comment on a discussion paper released as part of a review of the Cemeteries Act 1976 and the Cremation Act 1929 (the Review), now available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ website.
Minister David Templeman and Cricket WA CEO Christina Matthews talking in front WA and SA cricket teams

WA and SA to play for the honour of holding up the Rod Marsh Cup

Nov 15, 2023
The inaugural Rod Marsh Cup has been unveiled ahead of Western Australia's Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia.
Portraits of Jake and Harrison beside a pool

Duo to splashdown in Germany

Nov 15, 2023
Home grown WA talent Jake Smith and Harrison Hynes have been announced as members of the Australian Lifesaving Team.
A close-up blurred image of marathon runners

Athlete Safeguarding Governance and Culture Review of the Western Australian Institute of Sport

Nov 14, 2023
The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries is pleased to announce the Athlete Safeguarding Governance and Culture Review of Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) has commenced and we are now calling for contributions.
An illustration of a boy reading in the clouds with animals, a lighthouse and  a rocket around him to show imagination.

Chapter closes on 2023 Premier's Reading Challenge

Nov 10, 2023
Students from across Western Australia have read a total of more than 363,000 books in just 4 months — a new record for the Premier's Reading Challenge.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

Returning ocean events set to make waves in Busselton

Nov 10, 2023
One of Australia's biggest swimming festivals is set to return to Western Australia for a second year in 2024, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.
A highway sign on a remote highway pointing down the road to the Mingullatharndo Community.

Mingullatharndo (Five Mile) goes dry to reduce alcohol-related harm

Nov 10, 2023
Mingullatharndo (Five Mile) in the Pilbara has become the latest liquor restricted community in Western Australia in response to concerns raised by local leaders and as part of the State Government’s ongoing action to reduce alcohol-related harm.
A purple graphic with a white star logo with the words, 'True Sport Child Safeguarding Initiative'

True Sport child safeguarding resources unveiled

Nov 10, 2023
Latest initiative to create and maintain safe environments for children and young people in sport.
Australian flag

Flying of flags: Remembrance Day

Nov 9, 2023

LG Alert

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Maylands streetscape at dusk

Alternative King's Birthday Public Holiday Date 2024

Nov 8, 2023

LG Alert

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (King’s Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2024 on Monday 23 September.
An overall view of Parliament

WA's strengthened Banned Drinkers Register passes Parliament

Nov 8, 2023
New laws to strengthen the Banned Drinkers Register passed through Parliament yesterday to improve its effectiveness in reducing alcohol-related harm.
Local Government Act changes

Local government reform webinar 7

Nov 6, 2023

LG Alert

Please join us for our monthly reform webinar.
Waringarri Arts Community Nights and Wirnan Performances teach young people about their culture

Funding supports successful cultural and arts alliance in Kimberley

Nov 3, 2023
More than $1 million in additional funding over 4 years has been approved for the successful Wirnan Cultural Engagement and Learning Project involving 6 art centres in the Kimberley.
Australian flag

Flying of flags: State funeral for Hon. William (Bill) George Hayden

Nov 1, 2023

LG Alert

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable William (Bill) George Hayden AC will take place at 9.00 am AWST on Friday 3 November 2023 at St Mary’s Church, Elizabeth Street, Ipswich, Queensland.
Portrait photographs of Daisy Ridley and Zak Hilditch

Great Southern region setting for new film starring Daisy Ridley

Nov 1, 2023
Western Australia’s Great Southern region will provide a stunning backdrop for a survival-thriller film featuring international star Daisy Ridley (Star Wars sequel trilogy).

Thomas family on target at Sporting Clays National Championship

Oct 31, 2023
71-year-old Mick Thomas shares more than just a bloodline with his 15-year-old grandson Liam.
Sam Kerr of the Matildas

WA State Football Centre renamed to inspire the next Sam Kerr

Oct 27, 2023
Sam Kerr Football Centre named at community football festival to mark the facility’s official opening after a $50.8 million dollar infrastructure project managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), jointly funded by the WA and Australian Governments.
State Football Centre

State Government delivers on legacy for football in WA

Oct 27, 2023
Local football will benefit from $9.3 million in government funding to ensure Western Australia's successful hosting of this year's FIFA Women's World Cup delivers a lasting legacy for the world game in WA.
Author Craig Silvey with Lily LaTorre and Squid the grey dog.

Western Australian story Runt to be made for the big screen

Oct 27, 2023
Craig Silvey's best-selling novel, Runt, is being adapted for the big screen after selling more than 100,000 copies and winning multiple awards.
Matildas' players celebrating after a goal at a football match

Sunday Matildas match at Optus Stadium a sellout

Oct 27, 2023
This weekend's Olympic qualifier between the Matildas and the Philippines has been declared a sellout, with all general public tickets to the match at Optus Stadium now being sold.
Image of Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek

Top tennis players are returning to Perth this December for the United Cup

Oct 23, 2023
The United Cup is returning to Perth this December where the world’s best tennis players will compete side-by-side.
Children's Week WA 2023 branding promotional tile in colourful letters

Children’s Week 2023 — A time to celebrate and advocate for child safety

Oct 23, 2023
Children's Week, an annual celebration dedicated to children, is taking place this year from 21 to 29 October.
Collaborative painting on Country, Ngurra Kutjuwarra (On Country, Together), Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia 2021. Photo by Lucinda White

Applications for Community Recovery Grants Program now open

Oct 20, 2023
The Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries is actively supporting the Community Recovery Grants Program, which is aimed at assisting communities affected by the events associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie.

Preparing for your new council’s first meeting

Oct 20, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments will need to prepare for their first Council meeting post election.
Graphic with the words, 'Don't miss out. Voting closes 6pm Saturday'.'

Last chance to vote in the 2023 local government elections

Oct 20, 2023
This Saturday, 21 October is election day for local governments across Western Australia.
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Guidance on reporting credit card and purchasing card transactions

Oct 19, 2023

LG Alert

From 1 September 2023, local governments are required to disclose information about each transaction made on a credit card, debit card or other purchasing cards.
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Third set of local government regulation amendments

Oct 18, 2023

LG Alert

The State Government has brought in the next set of local government regulation amendments with the Local Government Regulation Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2023.
Arts Minister David Templeman and a woman take a selfie in a crowded room

Supporting a thriving arts and culture sector in WA

Oct 18, 2023
With the aim of ensuring a thriving cultural and creative industry, the State Government is providing organisational funding to Western Australia's peak arts and culture body, the Chamber of Arts and Culture, over the next 2 years.
Gamble Aware statistics: 75% of clients are male. 18-29 year olds show increase in sports betting/online gambling

Punters being asked ‘What are you really gambling with?’

Oct 16, 2023
Western Australians are being encouraged to recognise the warning signs of gambling-related harm and to seek help.
State Football Centre Festival with WA Government logo

Sam Kerr and Matildas to open match-ready State Football Centre

Oct 16, 2023
One of the world’s best footballers — Perth’s very own Sam Kerr — and our national team the Matildas, will pull on their boots for the State Football Centre official opening later this month.
Montage of a roulette wheel, playing cards and other gaming equipment.

Gaming and Wagering Commission

Oct 16, 2023
Bulletin 2/2023
Combat Sports Commission logo

Appointment of a new commission member to the Combat Sports Commission

Oct 13, 2023
A message from the Chair of the Combat Sports Commission.
A montage of promotional photographs of King Ibis and Adrian Dzvuke. King Ibis is standing together with red and green light shone on them. Adrian Dzvuke is reclining on a stool in a side profile.

2 local bands win golden opportunity to support Coldplay

Oct 13, 2023
2 Western Australian artists have been handed a rare career-boosting opportunity to support Coldplay at their upcoming sell-out Perth concerts.
People seated in a workshop with a presenter talking at the front of the room

Hiking Strategy Workshop provides path forward for hiking and trail development in WA

Oct 12, 2023
Continuing its good progress on hiking and trail development in Western Australia, the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) recently hosted the WA Hiking Strategy Workshop.
2023 graduate officers and supervisors

DLGSC Graduate Program 2024 — closing soon

Oct 9, 2023
There is only a few days left to apply for our 2024 Graduate Program.
4 people with backpacks hiking in a coastal landscape

Applications for hiking grants open to boost outdoor participation

Oct 9, 2023
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is calling for grant submissions for the WA Hiking Participation Grant Program.
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United Cup set to return to WA to serve up summer of elite tennis

Oct 9, 2023
The United Cup will once again bring the world's top-ranked tennis players to Perth's RAC Arena in December, following the introduction of the tournament last summer.
4 members of the band DICE

Contemporary Music Fund brings the West to SXSW Sydney®

Oct 9, 2023
The State Government will support 15 Western Australian contemporary music artists to travel to the inaugural SXSW Sydney event — the first time the iconic SXSW event has been held outside of Texas since its conception in 1987.
A promotional banner for The Best Australian Short-Film competition

Roll cameras, it’s time to share your stories and filmmaking talents

Oct 5, 2023
Submissions for The Best Australian Short Film Competition are now welcome with entries closing 22 January 2024.
Working townsite plan of Badjaling

Historical town blocks granted to Aboriginal people in Western Australia

Oct 2, 2023
A new database is now available, revealing town blocks purchased, leased and licensed by Aboriginal people throughout Western Australia between 1900 and 1960.
Portrait of Ted Snell

Vale Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA

Oct 2, 2023
Professor Ted Snell was known to everyone in the Perth arts community.
2 students using magnifying glasses at the beach with the words, 'Creativity for Schools Program'

Half a million dollars to encourage creativity in our schools

Oct 2, 2023
Using creativity to enhance the critical thinking skills of children and young people is the main aim of awarding more than half a million dollars in grants to a wide variety of creative learning projects throughout WA.
2 people on stand up paddleboards with the text, 'Get out and get active this October!'

Step out into our great outdoors this October!

Sep 29, 2023
Don't miss out on the chance to make October your month of outdoor exploration, adventure and wellbeing.
Halls Creek Bike Track Project with a boy on a bike jumping over a jump

Halls Creek pump track project lifts off

Sep 27, 2023
In exciting news, the Halls Creek Bike Track project has been a major success, thanks to the unwavering support and dedication of the local community.
A stage featuring a band a a crowd in Fremantle

Freo was ship shape for Australia II 40 Years On celebrations

Sep 26, 2023
Yeah buoy! The State Government threw a huge party in Fremantle to celebrate 40 years since a team from down under turned the sailing world upside down by winning the America’s Cup.
A local Christmas pagent with community members in a crowd

Placemaking webinar

Sep 26, 2023

LG Alert

DLGSC has engaged the Town Team Movement to deliver free placemaking training for the whole local government sector in WA.
Hockey Australia Masters Championships promotional banner

Home of hockey hosts 2023 Hockey Australia Masters Championships

Sep 22, 2023
The 2023 Hockey Australia Masters Championships kicks off in Perth today, bringing thousands of passionate hockey players and supporters to Western Australia.

Submission of annual financial statements to the auditor

Sep 21, 2023

LG Alert

Section 6.4 of the Local Government Act 1995 sets out the obligations of local governments with regards to their annual financial reporting.
3 men wearing suits at Optus Stadium with the True Sport branding on the big screen behind them.

True Sport initiative to promote positive sporting environments

Sep 21, 2023
In a significant move to bolster the culture of inclusion, support and positive mental health in the sporting community, the department has provided $832,292 into phase 2 of the True Sport program.
Montage of Voyager and Slim Jim and The FATTS Band

Voyager on board with Australia II 40 Years On celebrations as bands tune up for free music concert

Sep 20, 2023
WA is days away from a massive celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of our 1983 America's Cup win that put Fremantle on the world map.
A large group of people standing together on the pitch of Optus Stadium at the Matildas Optus Stadium media announcement

Matildas’ Olympic qualifier moved to Optus Stadium

Sep 19, 2023
The upcoming Matildas' Olympic qualifying clash against the Philippines on Sunday 29 October has been relocated from HBF Park to Optus Stadium.
Place Innovation Awards branded graphic

First ever Place Innovation Awards recognise our local communities and spaces

Sep 18, 2023
Our regional and metropolitan local governments have been recognised for their innovative solutions to build community connections, activate local spaces and foster greater collaboration.
A group of performers on stage

Arts projects set to shine with more than $600,000 funding

Sep 18, 2023
The State Government is investing $609,088 in 13 diverse projects including the presentation of the New Bachelorette, a theatrical production by Julia Hales and Bron Batten.
An image someone using a megaphone with a line of gold carts and golfers blurred in the background with the words, 'Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program. Grants of up to $50,000 available. Apply now.'

New funding round open to boost WA sporting and recreational events

Sep 18, 2023
Applications for the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program are now open.
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Local government reform webinar 6

Sep 15, 2023

LG Alert

The next local government reform webinar is scheduled for Friday 22 September.
Image outside the WA Maritime Museum with two yellow boxing kangaroos in front.

Australia II: 40 Years On exhibition opens at WA Maritime Museum

Sep 14, 2023
Step back in time, relive the excitement and experience the legacy of Australia II’s historic America’s Cup win at the WA Maritime Museum’s ‘Australia II – 40 Years On’ exhibition.
A young criket player

Rod Marsh Academy to guide cricket's future stars

Sep 14, 2023
WA Cricket has unveiled its Rod Marsh Wicket Keeper Pathway Specialist Coaching and Support Program.
3 people standing together in a park

Support local democracy by voting in local government elections

Sep 8, 2023
A call out from the State Government today is urging ratepayers and residents to recognise the importance of local democracy by making voting a priority at the upcoming local government elections.
Graphic tile with the words, 'Expression of interest'.

Peer Assessor Panel expressions of interest

Sep 8, 2023
The Department of Sport, Local Government and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is seeking expressions of interest from people with experience in the Western Australian arts and cultural sector to assess grant applications for the culture and arts team.
Graphic showing a person in a library with the words, 'Your local library can't have a say. But you can.'

Vote for them campaign

Sep 8, 2023
Vote for the important things in your community at the local government elections on 21 October.
Minister David Templeman at the Indonesia Connect Roadshow

International education, creative industries, and digital economy sectors bask in mission spotlight

Sep 6, 2023
Fostering cooperation in the sectors of international education, creative industries, and the digital economy, was on the agenda today as the Indonesia Connect Roadshow continues.
A group of people standing together in a court room

Cameras rolling as local cast announced for The Twelve

Aug 31, 2023
It's lights, camera, action across Perth and the Wheatbelt region as filming begins for season 2 of the award-winning courtroom drama series The Twelve, which is estimated to bring $9.6 million in expenditure to the State.
A cardboard box with ballot papers

No change to local government election date

Aug 30, 2023

LG Alert

The Western Australian Electoral Commission has confirmed that the Voice to Parliament referendum on 14 October 2023 will not affect the date of local government elections.
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CinefestOZ to showcase Australian films across the South West

Aug 29, 2023
Homegrown talent, international celebrities and the natural beauty of the South West will be in the spotlight when the red carpet rolls out this week for CinefestOZ.
Kalgoorlie town hall

Updated guidance materials for local government

Aug 24, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has updated a number of guidelines and manuals for local government, as part of its ongoing support for the sector.
A group of junior basketball players with the Premier and Minister on a basketball court.

Enhancements to KidSport program keeping kids active and participating in sport

Aug 22, 2023
The department’s highly successful KidSport program has introduced a series of enhancements aimed at helping families in need, expanding application pathways and increasing ways its vouchers can be used.
A close up photo of a rugby ball with water droplets

Rugby fans score with extended trading hours during World Cup

Aug 22, 2023
Western Australian pubs and bars can apply for longer trading hours to show matches in the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup in a major win for fans of the sport.
A group photo of the members of Coldplay

Emerging WA music act to rise to the top with Coldplay at Optus Stadium

Aug 21, 2023
A local WA band will win the chance to support Coldplay’s ‘Music of The Spheres’ Perth performance later this year through the Coldplay Rising Artist Competition.

$400,000 in grants available to help the WA community experience our great outdoors

Aug 21, 2023
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is calling for grant submissions for its Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Program.
3 people on a boat

Taking Liberty as part of Australia II: 40 Years On celebrations

Aug 17, 2023
The WA Maritime Museum, in collaboration with Theatre 180, presents Taking Liberty, an adaptation of Ingle Knight’s award-winning play about Australia’s historic, 1983 America’s Cup win.
HBF Park high perspective view

Where will you be watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™?

Aug 15, 2023
Continue to enjoy all the thrilling moments of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™!
Images of generic wine and beer bottles

New regulations to stamp out sly grogging in Carnarvon

Aug 14, 2023
New regulations have come into effect to stamp out sly grogging in Carnarvon, giving WA Police the power to immediately dispose of illegal alcohol when they stop and search a vehicle.
Australia II in the WA Martime Museum with a group of 5 people standing in front of it's winged keel

Free music concert and drone show to celebrate 40th anniversary of Australia II’s America’s Cup win

Aug 14, 2023
It may be 40 years on from our monumental America’s Cup win but many of us still remember where we were — bursting with pride — as Australia II dramatically beat Liberty and took away the trophy from the New York Yacht Club who had held it tight for 132 years!
Boxing Officials Seminar promotional image with a photo of an official holding up the winners arm after a contest.

Boxing Official’s Seminar

Aug 11, 2023
Industry Development Series 2023
Danielle and Darryl, Amanda and Peter competing in Paralympic dance competition.

Dynamic Perth duos make history for Australia at international dance competition

Aug 11, 2023
2 Para Athletes from Perth have made history by being the first Australian team ever to compete at an International Paralympic Committee event.
A stylised banner with an image of an outdoor cinema with the words, 'Local government elections 2023. Speak for those who can't. Stand for your local council. Nominations open 31 August 2023.'

Make your voice heard by becoming a local government councillor

Aug 9, 2023
Members of the Western Australian community are being urged to consider nominating for the upcoming local government elections to be able to influence the decisions being made that potentially impact the lives of thousands of residents.
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Local government annual returns due 31 August

Aug 7, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries reminds all council members and designated employees of their obligations to provide an annual return by Thursday 31 August under the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act).
A rugby league player jumping to score a try

State of Origin returns to WA for 2 more years

Aug 7, 2023
Western Australia continues to be a global hub of blockbuster sport, with Perth set to host further NRL State of Origin series games in 2025 and 2028.
Local street

Place Innovation Awards and placemaking training webinar

Aug 4, 2023

LG Alert

The Department for Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is helping local governments to support innovative approaches to placemaking through 2 new initiatives.
A general view of play during the round one NRL match at Optus Stadium.

Perth Stadium to host NRL in back-to-back blockbuster

Aug 4, 2023
Perth is set for a rugby double header tomorrow (5 August) at Perth Stadium, providing NRL fans a great opportunity to watch 4 of the competitions top teams battle it out.
A crowd at a live event with the words, 'New website to make WA music venues safer and more inclusive'

Safer Venues WA website launch music to community’s ears

Aug 3, 2023
A new website with an industry toolkit, created thanks to State Government funding, is aiming to make live music venues in Western Australia safer and more inclusive, especially for women and the LGBTQI+ community.
Mulan residents of all ages parade with locally made fish puppets at the finale of Big Country Puppets’ project

New 10 Year Vision for Arts and Culture in Western Australia

Aug 2, 2023
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has begun the development of a new 10 Year Vision for Arts and Culture in Western Australia.
Close-up of the wickets and red cricket ball on green pitch.

$1.6 million investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure

Jul 31, 2023
Practice nets, synthetic bowling greens, sports court covers and increased access to sporting fields at night are just some of the ways the State Government’s latest round of Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) and Club Night Lights Program (CNLP) funds are being spent.
The Bledisloe Cup in focus with the Wallabies lined up behind it at Optus Stadium

Optus Stadium relives key moments with new memorabilia collection

Jul 31, 2023
A new collection of sport and entertainment memorabilia was unveiled at Optus Stadium today, capturing some of the key moments delivered by sports and entertainment stars from all over the globe since it opened in January 2018.
Hockeyroos and Kookaburras celebrate a win at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Funding to support elite hockey teams through to Paris Games

Jul 31, 2023
The State Government has thrown its support behind our elite hockey teams with a $400,000 investment to help take the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos through to the 2024 Olympics.
A group of 6 people pointing at a piece of paper. They are inside a basketball stadium.

New basketball courts bouncing into Kalgoorlie Boulder

Jul 31, 2023
$5 million election commitment to redevelop Kalgoorlie Boulder Basketball Stadium.
Close up of a calculator and financial information on a page

Fair Value Measurement of Non-Financial Assets for local governments

Jul 28, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is aware that there are differences in approach in assessing the fair value of assets, where required, with land identified as the asset class most affected.
A woman standing up in an audience speaking into a microphone

Election Candidate Information Briefing Webinar

Jul 27, 2023

LG Alert

The webinar will include a number of presenters and will cover a range of topics, with the aim of preparing successful election candidates for life as an elected member.

Youth Candidate Forums

Jul 26, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is working to improve candidate diversity and held a forum targeting culturally and linguistically diverse communities last month.
Montage of a roulette wheel, playing cards and other gaming equipment.

Gaming and Wagering Commission

Jul 26, 2023
Bulletin 1/1023
A shallow depth of field focus photograph of a gaming machine

$10 betting cap now in force for electronic gaming machines on the main floor at Crown Casino Perth

Jul 25, 2023
The State Government continues to deliver reforms addressing concerns raised by the Perth Casino Royal Commission (PCRC), particularly around reducing the risk of gambling-related harm.
A collage of netballers watching a player shoot for goal and a baskeballers dribbling a ball on a court

State Government delivers slam dunk for Rockingham families

Jul 24, 2023
The State Government will invest $10 million towards upgrades at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex in Rockingham, delivering additional basketball and netball courts, and much needed maintenance works for the popular community facility.

Minister for Local Government’s Place Innovation Awards

Jul 24, 2023

LG Alert

New awards showcasing the best in place-based innovation by WA’s local governments are now open for nominations.
Mature man working at home. He has a laptop and is writing on a document at the table.

Local government reform webinar 5

Jul 21, 2023

LG Alert

The next edition of the popular local government reform webinars is scheduled for 3 August and will feature an introduction from the new Minister for Local Government, David Michael.
A collage of portraits of the Steering Committee of the Aboriginal Cultural Centre Western Australia

Steering Committee to expand as centre’s planning extends across WA

Jul 21, 2023
Experienced Aboriginal community members announced to join project’s Steering Committee.
A blue gradient with texture with the words, 'Minister for Local Government Place Innovation Awards'

New awards showcase the best in local government innovation

Jul 21, 2023
Local governments are being encouraged to nominate for new awards celebrating the most innovative, collaborative approaches to placemaking across the state.
A seated audience listening to a speak on stage in Forrest Place, Perth with a large screen in the brand colours of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

FIFA Fan Festival launches in Perth as Women's World Cup™ 2023 kicks off

Jul 20, 2023
The centre of Perth will come alive with activity over the next month as the Perth FIFA Fan Festival kicks off today from midday to late.
Alun Wyn Jones of the Lions catches the ball during the tour match between the Western Force and the British & Irish Lions

Perth to open British & Irish Lions Rugby Union tour in 2025

Jul 20, 2023
Perth has secured another international rugby event after it was confirmed as host city today for the opening match of the British & Irish Lions Rugby Union tour in 2025.
A close-up of a rugby call bouncing on a wet turf with water droplets coming off of the surface.

WA to host Australian-exclusive global rugby event in 2024 and 2025

Jul 18, 2023
Perth has secured another Australian-exclusive for 2024 and 2025 after signing a deal to host the Australian leg of the HSBC SVNS.
Sam Kerr of Australia controls the ball under pressure of Shim Seo-yeon of South Korea during the AFC Women's Asian Cup quarter final between Australia and South Korea

Tickets for Matildas AFC Asian Cup qualifiers to go on sale

Jul 18, 2023
With just days until the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, tickets will go on sale today for the 3 blockbuster Matildas matches taking place in Perth later this year.
A nightscape of a telescope array with the Milkyway in the sky.

Trans-Tasman museum investment in production of ground-breaking VR films

Jul 17, 2023
3 museums spanning Australia and New Zealand have joined forces for a funding partnership to develop a trio of majestic and ground-breaking virtual reality (VR) films for exhibitions at the museums from 2024 onwards.
State Football Centre

New State Football Centre to shine as World Cup training facility

Jul 16, 2023
The newly constructed State Football Centre in Queens Park has been unveiled, ahead of it taking centre stage as one of the training facilities in Perth for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.
An old team photo of a women's soccer team

Game Changers celebrates trailblazing women in WA soccer

Jul 14, 2023
With the FIFA Women's World Cup™ 2023 the hottest ticket in Perth this winter, a new outdoor exhibition is giving seasoned and not-so-seasoned soccer lovers the chance to kick goals and learn more about the beautiful game.

Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations 2023

Jul 13, 2023

LG Alert

Great news for WA local government, with the second tranche of amendments to implement the Model Financial Statements gazetted on 30 June 2023.
A stylised banner with an image of an outdoor cinema with the words, 'Local government elections 2023. Speak for those who can't. Stand for your local council. Nominations open 31 August 2023.'

Community awareness drive for local government election changes

Jul 12, 2023
A community awareness campaign is underway to inform voters about upcoming changes that will be in effect for local government elections in October.
An external image of a historic town hall

Reform toolkit

Jul 12, 2023

LG Alert

There are several electoral reforms that will be in place for the local government elections in October and it is essential that the community is aware of these changes.
A montage of a concert and a illuminated sculpture on a beach

Funding open for artists and musicians to SNAP up opportunities

Jul 11, 2023
2 new programs are opening today for short-notice opportunities that arise for Western Australian artists or contemporary musicians.
A group of people standing on a stage with Matildas scarves and a mascot

Trophy Tour puts WA in FIFA Women's World Cup™ 2023 spotlight

Jul 7, 2023
FIFA fever has officially begun, with the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour kicking off in Perth today.
A person casting their vote

Priority regulation amendments for local government elections and final set of orders for council representation changes

Jul 6, 2023

LG Alert

The State Government has introduced priority regulation amendments for local government elections and made the final set of orders for council representation changes for the implementation reforms ahead of the 2023 elections.

Incorrect use of concessions on rates bills

Jul 5, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has become aware that some local governments may be granting ‘blanket concessions’ to ratepayers under their discretionary concession powers.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: NAIDOC Week 2023

Jul 3, 2023

LG Alert

Sunday 2 July 2023 to Sunday 9 July 2023
A promotional graphic for the FIFA Women's World cup featuring 3 players

Celebrate FIFA Women's World Cup™ 1 month to go

Jun 28, 2023
With less than 1 month to go until the start of the world's biggest female sporting event to be held in Australia and New Zealand — find out how you can be part of the FIFA Women's World Cup™ 2023 global sporting spectacular.
Hikers walking across a new bridge

State Government invests $330,000 in sustainable trails

Jun 28, 2023
Locals and visitors alike are set to benefit from a $331,302 investment into trails experiences across Western Australia.
A lacrosse coach gesturing with his hand to a player

Western Australians in world lacrosse championships

Jun 27, 2023
9 Western Australians are now in San Diego ahead of the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championships, with the pressure on to reclaim a podium spot after losing out in 2018 and 2014 from consistently finishing in the top 3.
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2023 Winners

Winners of the 2023 WA Premier's Book Awards announced

Jun 26, 2023
The 2023 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards winners have been announced at an award ceremony at the State Library of Western Australia.
Person writing

Populations estimates order and first set of orders for council representation changes

Jun 22, 2023

LG Alert

In the recent Government Gazette the population estimates order and the first set of orders for constitutional and representation changes to councils were made under the Local Government Act 1995, ahead of the upcoming 2023 ordinary local government elections.
A group of 6 people standing on the steps in front of Parliament House.

WA attracts biggest-ever screen production to the State

Jun 22, 2023
Season 2 of the award-winning crime series The Twelve will be filmed in Western Australia.

Bushfire Planning and Design Practitioners

Jun 21, 2023
Under State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (SPP 3.7), a person seeking to build or develop in a designated bushfire prone area is required to undertake certain bushfire risk management activities as part of the planning and building process.
A list of goals mentioned in the article made to look like a AFL game summary listing goals and times

The DLGSC Local Government Team has been kicking goals with some majors on the board

Jun 20, 2023
It has been a busy year already for the DLGSC Local Government Team.
A group of people seated, listening to a speaker at a forum

Peel Sports Forum explores key issues facing sport

Jun 20, 2023
Spectator behaviour, club mental health and wellbeing, and retention of teenagers in sport were the key issues discussed at the ninth annual Peel Sports Forum at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club.
2 divers diving off a platform =with the words, 'Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program grants'

Events build sport and recreation capacity around the state

Jun 14, 2023
26 sporting events have received funding in the latest round of the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program.
A laptop on a desk with the DLGSC website on screen

Child Safe Awareness Policy template for local government

Jun 12, 2023

LG Alert

In 2018 the State Government accepted or accepted in principle, all 310 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) applicable to Western Australia.
ACC at AIATSIS

Aboriginal Cultural Centre team wraps up successful participation at AIATSIS Summit

Jun 9, 2023
Hundreds turn out to Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Summit, held at the Perth Convention Centre in Boorloo (Perth).

Inter-library loans

Jun 7, 2023

LG Alert

From 1 July 2023 there will be changes to the delivery of the inter-library loans service in Western Australia.
A group of players and their coach in a team huddle.

Have your say: sport participation survey now open

Jun 6, 2023
All Australians are invited to have their say on the development of the nation’s first codesigned National Sport Participation Strategy through an online survey.
Staff member using office equipment

Local government financial reporting: non-accredited valuation contractors

Jun 2, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments have obligations to provide valuations for financial reporting purposes.
Inclusive participation grant program with a montage of people involved in sport

Sport and recreation grants uplift inclusion and accessibility

Jun 1, 2023
A grants program designed to break down the barriers to participation in sport and recreation has received a $2.7 million funding boost over 3 years.
Gaming Community Trust Grants up to $50,000

Unclaimed gambling winnings to fund worthy community projects

May 30, 2023
Western Australian community projects will benefit from sharing in about $600,000 in unclaimed gambling winnings.
A wooden sculpture by Thomas dambo

Thomas Dambo’s new Giant unveiled in Mandurah

May 29, 2023
Visitors now have even more to discover in the Peel/Binjareb region, with the popular Giants of Mandurah outdoor sculpture trail welcoming a new addition.
A group of people either wearing exercise clothes or suits with Matilda scarves.

Matildas coming to Perth for 3 Olympic Qualifier matches

May 25, 2023
A festival of football will be held in Perth as part of the Asian qualifying rounds for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the Matildas set to play 3 games at Perth Rectangular Stadium.
Football players celebrating after a win at a World Cup match

Western Australian schools to celebrate FIFA Women’s World Cup

May 24, 2023
Western Australian school students will celebrate the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup being held in Australia and New Zealand this July and August with a series of activities and events coordinated by the Department of Education.
7 Aboriginal students holding a long sculpture in regional WA

Funding boosts creativity in schools

May 24, 2023
Students throughout Western Australia will benefit from enriched learning through the arts following the allocation of $485,126 in Creativity for Schools funding for residency and collaboration projects.
5 people standing in front of the Bruce Prance Dryland Diving Centre.

Divers somersault from new heights at state-of-the-art facility

May 24, 2023
The new Bruce Prance Dryland Diving Centre at HBF Stadium was officially opened on Monday, ahead of the 2023 Diving Australia Open Championships, which commence at the venue this week.
Reform Webinar 3: Changes to Wards with an aerial photo of a suburb in Western Australia.

Reform Webinar 3

May 24, 2023

LG Alert

Changes to wards
Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning Grant Program. A facilitator talking to an audience with someone writing on post-it notes on a white board.

Funding enriches regional art and culture

May 23, 2023
Local governments across the state are receiving support to undertake cultural planning, thanks to the latest round of culture and arts funding from the State Government.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of Flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

May 23, 2023

LG Alert

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2023 and National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June 2023
A map of WA with the Gascoyne, Pilbara, Kimberley and Goldfields regions highlighted. Text reads, 'Banned drinkers register. You must show approved photo ID to buy takeaway alcohol in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction'.

Banned Drinkers Register rolls out in Carnarvon

May 22, 2023
The Banned Drinkers Register is now up and running in Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction with buyers of takeaway alcohol required to show photo identification.
At the Sicilian Assocation of WA in Balcatta with Tony Buti MLA, Meredith Hammat MLA, David Michel, Member for Balcatta and Ayor Makur Chout Member for North Metropolitan Region

CaLD community associations to benefit from $6 million boost

May 22, 2023
The State Government has committed $6 million over 2 years to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community associations to upgrade, maintain and diversify community infrastructure.
Port Hedland Community Centre cutting of the ribbon for the opening

Revitalised Port Hedland sport and community hub opens

May 20, 2023
The State Government has delivered on a $10 million election commitment with the opening of the redeveloped Port Hedland Community Centre today.
A cheerful female doctor sits at a desk in her office and takes notes while meeting with an unidentifiable patient.

Reducing red tape to help regions attract and retain GPs and dentists

May 19, 2023
Changes to Western Australian laws regulating the recruitment of general practitioners (GPs) and dentists by local governments will reduce red tape, easing the burden on many regional local governments trying to ensure their communities have the medical services they need.
A group of Warlayirti Artists walking on Country

Connecting to Country strengthens culture and communities

May 16, 2023
20 projects throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West, Goldfields-Esperance and metropolitan regions will share in $469,384 through the Connecting to Country program.
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Model Financial Statements for 2022-23 — guidelines and templates

May 16, 2023

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has released the Model Financial Statements (MFS) guidance material/templates that includes tiered and reduced financial reporting for local governments aligned with the State Government’s reform agenda.
WA Premier's Book Awards 2023 shortlist announced

2023 WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

May 16, 2023
What do a monster, a witch, an assassin, and an owl have in common? They are all nominated for the 2023 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
Outside the entrance of HBF Arena Joondalup

Work commences on new amenities at HBF Arena

May 15, 2023
The expansion of HBF Arena facilities continues, with construction underway to deliver new bathroom facilities that will service members of the community who regularly use the netball courts and hockey pitch to the north of the site.

Local government reform bill passes through Parliament

May 12, 2023

LG Alert

The Local Government Amendment Bill 2023 has passed through Parliament delivering tranche one of the most significant changes to the local government sector across Western Australia in more than 25 years.
2.	An old run-down shed with a superimposed ‘we’re leasing/leased’ sign. The words, “Is this fair?” is superimposed over the image.

Changing the rules regulating owners and occupiers rolls

May 9, 2023
Who can vote or be a candidate.
A 'chatterbox' sculpture outside of the WA Museum, Perth. The words, 'The story that could not be told'.

Restored 'Unfolding Lives' memorial takes pride of place

May 9, 2023
Western Australia’s first memorial to honour children harmed in institutional care has been restored and returned to a place of prominence at the Perth Cultural Centre.
Coldplay performs live at The Apollo Theater for SiriusXM and Pandora's Small Stage Series in Harlem, NY on September 23, 2021 in New York City

Major tourism coup delivers exclusive Coldplay show in Perth

May 9, 2023
One of the world's most iconic bands is coming to Perth on November 18 for an Australian-exclusive concert in a major tourism coup for Western Australia.
A man and a girl in a sensory exhibition

Almost one million reasons to love the arts

May 8, 2023
From an Italian-Yamaji opera to intergenerational arts collaborations, a dozen regional projects will be increasing social inclusion and access to arts and culture.
Combat Sports Commission logo

Round 2 — Have your say

May 8, 2023
Regulatory Proposal Consultation Paper: Combat Sports Legislation
Becoming an elected Council member. A group of people sitting in a meeting room.

Becoming an Elected Council Member Forum

May 8, 2023

LG Alert

A free forum for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds considering standing for local council.
2 performers performing on stage. One is playing a guitar.

Augmented reality 3D artworks part of new Arts 15k-plus funding

May 5, 2023
The State Government has provided funding for 10 Western Australian arts projects through the Arts 15k-plus program for activities commencing after 1 May 2023.
Artists impression of the Ellenbrook Youth Centre

Youth centre to create new opportunities for local young people

May 5, 2023
The health, wellbeing and development of young people is at the heart of a brand new $6.46 million youth centre opening in Ellenbrook.
REVEALED WA Aboriginal Art Market

Revealed: WA Aboriginal Art Market welcomes buyers back

May 3, 2023
Indigenous artists from across the State will showcase their talents as Western Australia's biggest Aboriginal art market takes over the Fremantle Arts Centre grounds this Saturday.
Aerial view of Optus Stadium

Pat Farmer’s lap of mainland Australia begins above Optus Stadium

May 3, 2023
Ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer began his lap of mainland Australia at Optus Stadium this morning.
A group of people standing together on a netball court with the Minister.

Major boost to funding for community sport and recreation facilities

May 1, 2023
Community sport and recreation facilities throughout Western Australia will benefit from increased funding for upgrades, with an additional $7.5 million per year over the next 2 years funded in the 2023-24 State Budget.
Circus performers throwing a performer in the air

State Government’s record investment in Western Australian arts organisations

May 1, 2023
37 Western Australian organisations will receive a total of $56 million in a record-breaking round of the Arts Organisations Investment Program (AOIP).
A history sepia toned image with a woman holding a lottery ticket in front of a tumbling lottery machine.

4.71% and a winner? Can this be true?

Apr 28, 2023
Did you know that under the current system of local government voting, some winning candidates have attracted less than 5% of the vote?
3D render of new lookouts and trails.

Work begins on $5 million Bunbury lookout and trail transformation

Apr 26, 2023
Construction is now underway on a $5 million transformation of Bunbury's Maidens Reserve with an impressive scenic lookout and trail.
WACA conceptual design

State announces additional funding for the WACA Ground Improvement Project and Community Aquatic Facility

Apr 26, 2023
The State Government will commit an additional $32.2 million to the WACA Ground Improvement Project in the upcoming 2023-24 State Budget.
Painting done on Country drying by the fire. Ngurra Kutjuwarra (On Country, Together), Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, 2021. Photo by Lucinda White.

Grants boost regional Aboriginal arts and culture sector

Apr 21, 2023
Eight arts organisations from regional and remote Western Australia will benefit from a total of $238,374 in funding from the Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building program.
Australian flag

Flying of flags: ANZAC Day

Apr 19, 2023

LG Alert

ANZAC Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans.
A person casting their vote

Local government reform webinar 2

Apr 19, 2023

LG Alert

The first tranche of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995 is progressing through Parliament.
A crowd in Forrest Place watching a large puppet being moved.

Round 3 recipients announced for State Government’s CBD revitalisation grants

Apr 18, 2023
The State Government’s investment in revitalising the Perth CBD and Northbridge continues with a further 15 eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits sharing nearly $1 million of funding from the Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.
Artistic impression of Hands Oval Pavilion redevelopment

Hands Oval redevelopment funding agreement signed

Apr 17, 2023
Construction can now commence on the Hands Oval Pavilion redevelopment project after the State Government signed off on its $8 million financial assistance agreement with the City of Bunbury.
A general view of play during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Optus Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

NRL returns to Perth with Double Header tickets going on sale

Apr 17, 2023
Tickets to Perth's huge National Rugby League (NRL) Double Header will go on sale this week.
A group of people with a soccer ball and shovel on a newly laid soccer pitch

New turf rolled out ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup

Apr 12, 2023
Turf works part of $35 million project to revamp ground ahead of 5 international soccer matches being played there during the biggest sporting event of the year.
A group of people behind a speaker with banners and a sculpture at Elizabeth Quay, Perth.

100 days until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 begins in WA

Apr 11, 2023
Football fans' hearts are thumping as today marks 100 days to go until the start of the world's biggest female sporting event to be held in Australia and New Zealand — the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
Wellington Dam mural, 29 January 2021

New walkway across Collie's Wellington Dam mega-mural

Apr 6, 2023
Walkers will be able to experience Collie's Wellington Dam and its spectacular mega-mural from new heights from tomorrow.
Promotional illustration with stylised lettering. Text reads, 'Thomas Dambo, Giants of Mandurah Western Australia 12 November 2022'

Mandurah ready to welcome Thomas Dambo’s new Giant

Apr 6, 2023
Mandurah is preparing for a new arrival to join the popular Giants of Mandurah outdoor sculpture trail created by world-renowned Danish recycle artist, Thomas Dambo.
A mother with her school-aged children going to school. ONe child has a bike and the other a skateboard.

$300,000 to help get more West Aussie kids riding to school

Apr 3, 2023
The State Government has (pedal) powered ahead with a $300,000 WestCycle grant to help get more Western Australian children riding to school.
A cricket match in play at Optus Stadium at sunset

Optus Stadium turns up the heat on a record breaking summer

Mar 29, 2023
The glow around Optus Stadium's record breaking summer is expected to extend into this weekend with a bumper crowd of Eagles and Dockers fans predicted to turn out for the first Western Derby.
A group of people in hard hats and high vis vests standing in front on the State Football Centre.

State Government takes the field at State Football Centre

Mar 29, 2023
The $41.67 million State Football Centre in Queens Park is close to completion in time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July.
5 surf life saving competitors standing together on a beach

The Aussies brings nation’s best surf lifesavers to Perth beaches

Mar 27, 2023
Australia's best surf lifesavers descended on Scarborough and Trigg beaches on Saturday for the start of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as 'The Aussies'.
A conference desk with microphones and chairs

Major milestone for reform of Local Government Act

Mar 24, 2023
The Legislative Assembly has passed the Local Government Amendment Bill 2023, which will deliver a range of major reforms to the system of local government across Western Australia.
Upper view of quadruple scull rowing team during the race

Perth hosts nation’s top rowers for championship event

Mar 24, 2023
Perth is set to welcome thousands of visitors and competitors when it hosts the nation's premier rowing event next week.
Surfers in the surf from above

A wave of change as surfing events focus on mental health

Mar 23, 2023
For the first time, the State Government will work with the World Surf League and Surfing WA to support Western Australian's mental health and wellbeing at surfing events over the next 2 years.
Two professional football players playing a Premier League game.

It’s Hammer time as major EPL clubs revealed for Perth

Mar 23, 2023
Western Australia will be the home of football in July, when English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United showcase century-old rivalry at Optus Stadium.
A montage of images from the welcoming event for the Chinese hockey team at Kings Park.

Welcome to the Chinese national women's hockey team

Mar 22, 2023
A warm Western Australian welcome has been provided to the Chinese national women's hockey team on their arrival in Perth ahead of a 3-game series with the Australian national women’s side, the Hockeyroos.
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LG Alert survey

Mar 21, 2023

LG Alert

To give our local government stakeholders the best possible communications experience, DLGSC has developed a short survey about LG Alerts and our other methods of talking to you.
Matt Hayes, Matt Fulton and Minister Templeman posing with sports equipment.

True Sport a game changer for WA sport sector

Mar 21, 2023
The State Government has awarded SportWest more than $440,000 to develop an initiative that invests in the future of the Western Australian sport sector.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin and Premier and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan standing on the new indoor court holding sports balls.

$38.9 million sporting complex to benefit generations to come

Mar 21, 2023
A $38.9 million infrastructure project to provide sporting and recreational facilities in Perth's southern suburbs has reached completion and will benefit local surrounding communities.
Typographical text reading, 'VOL_NTEER WE NEED U'

VOL_NTEER We need U campaign blitz

Mar 20, 2023
The State Government has kicked off a State-wide media campaign blitz which aims to attract more people into volunteering and revitalise the volunteering sector following the COVID-19 pandemic.
An artist's impression of the new screen production facility

Have your say on the State’s new screen production facility

Mar 17, 2023
The community is invited to have their say on the development application for Western Australia's first dedicated screen production facility.
An artist's impression of the Donnybrook recreation precinct redevelopment

WA Recovery Plan funding supports Donnybrook recreation precinct redevelopment

Mar 17, 2023
Extensive redevelopment of the Donnybrook Community Sporting, Recreation and Entertainment Precinct is on track to begin in October this year, using $6 million in funding from the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan.
Minister Templeman in a wheelchair with a group of Para badminton players on a badminton court

Mandurah courts 2023 Para Badminton International

Mar 14, 2023
Badminton fans will be wowed with drop shots, serves and shuttlecocks aplenty as Western Australia hosts the 2023 Para Badminton International for the first time ever this October.
Illustration of a band on the back of a truck with many speakers

High Voltage ready to rock Fremantle in the spirit of Bon Scott

Mar 13, 2023
Western Australia's new free homegrown High Voltage rock n' roll festival inspired by local legend Bon Scott will take to the streets of Fremantle in a huge celebration of local talent and creativity.
Artist's impression of the northern façade

Extra $97.6m to make Perth Concert Hall home of music in WA

Mar 13, 2023
The Premier has announced an extra $97.6m in State Government funding towards the Perth Concert Hall redevelopment, while attending the opening of the WA Symphony Orchestra (WASO) 2023 classical season.
2 groups of people standing in front of a window display for Girls Can Play & Win campaign

Exhibition celebrates women in sport

Mar 8, 2023
Courage, strength, grit and passion — the Girls Can Play, Wall of Fame Exhibition at Forrest Chase in Perth recognises some of our most inspiring local athletes to celebrate the achievements of women in sport.
A crowd of concert-goers waiting for Ed Sheeran to perform at Optus Stadium in the evening.

Ed Sheeran to hit a high note in largest ever WA concert

Mar 7, 2023
Global music sensation Ed Sheeran is expected to set a new attendance record when he takes to the stage at Optus Stadium this weekend.
A group of people wearing high vis and hard hats standing on a cleared site

Work begins on East Freo Oval redevelopment

Mar 2, 2023
The East Fremantle Oval redevelopment project has reached a major milestone with the start of construction work.
Mature man hesitates while picking out beer from a store.

New legislation to strengthen WA’s Banned Drinkers Register

Mar 2, 2023
The State Government will introduce new legislation to strengthen the Banned Drinkers Register following trials in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Goldfields regions.
A large group of people standing together in front of a giant colourful ball branded for the FIFA Women's World Cup

Unity Pitch kickstarts the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Perth

Mar 2, 2023
The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Unity Pitch has reached Perth as part of a roadshow of the tournament's 9 host cities across Australia and New Zealand.
A poster of an artwork by Beverley Rogers with the words, 'See your banner fly in the 2023 Reconciliation Week Street Banner Program'.'

Banners are a striking way to display support for reconciliation

Feb 28, 2023
Bookings to sponsor a Reconciliation Week street banner have now been extended to Friday 10 March 2023.
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We’re helping bring out the best in WA’s state sporting associations and peak bodies

Feb 28, 2023
Grants of up to $4000 are now available under the Executive Management Professional Development Grants Program.
Montage of 4 images. A person riding a kart, two people swimming in a lane, a person on a mountain bike and a close-up image of a basketball.

Funding supports regional sport and recreation activities

Feb 27, 2023
More than $32,000 in funding has been allocated to provide opportunities for people in regional Western Australia to participate in sport and recreation activities, including capacity building projects.
Hikers walking across a new bridge

Expression of interest — community members

Feb 24, 2023
Expressions of interest are invited for community members for the WA Trails Reference Group (TRG) for the period of March 2023 to March 2025.
Carmen promotional image

Cricket pitch perfect — Carmen at the WACA Ground

Feb 24, 2023
Audiences should prepare to be bowled over as the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground plays host to operatic masterpiece Carmen in association with Perth Festival.
Brett Patten

Brett Patten scores a winning shot at SportWest Awards 2022

Feb 24, 2023
We’re proud to share that the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Sports Administrator of the Year Award 2022 goes to Brett Patten, CEO of Tennis West.
A girl looking happy and exciting in a playground

New accessible nature play area unveiled in Bunbury

Feb 24, 2023
A new interactive nature playground has officially opened in the heart of Bunbury, with wheelchair accessibility for residents and visitors to enjoy.
A group of people standing together outside

Whale Shark Jack and Drone Racers to film in WA’s regions

Feb 23, 2023
Whale Shark Jack is a heart-warming feature film about a young girl embarking on a risky mission to save a whale shark.

Local Government Amendment Bill 2023 introduced

Feb 23, 2023

LG Alert

Local Government Minister, the Hon John Carey MLA has presented the Local Government Amendment Bill 2023 to the WA Parliament.
Members of Voyager holding out heir hands with confetti falling down

Perth band takes WA to world stage at Eurovision 2023

Feb 23, 2023
Western Australia is taking to the world stage yet again, with Perth synth metal band Voyager showcasing WA's musical talent and spectacular natural scenery at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Director General Lanie Chopping with Dr Michael Schaper

New independent Chair of Gaming and Wagering Commission

Feb 23, 2023
The State Government has announced Dr Michael Schaper as the new independent Chair of the Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) — an appointment in response to the Perth Casino Royal Commission (PCRC).
A hand playing an electric bass

Funding boost for WA’s diverse contemporary music scene

Feb 21, 2023
Three exciting Western Australian music acts will have greater opportunities to shine in 2023, sharing in more than $130,000 State Government funding.
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Imposing differential rates: submitting complete applications

Feb 13, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments should already be planning towards the adoption of their budget by council on 31 August.
3 students huddled together in an art class

Thousands of students to benefit from millions in grants

Feb 13, 2023
More than 22,000 students across Western Australia will benefit from $3,319,087 in funding from the State Government's Creative Learning Partnerships Program.
A group of people socialising on the balcony at His Majesty's Theatre.

Stunning heritage balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre open

Feb 13, 2023
For the first time in 70 years, the beautiful wrap-around balconies that were a prominent feature of the original façade of His Majesty's Theatre have been reinstated, ready for Western Australians to enjoy again.
A group of players and their coach in a team huddle.

Breaking down barriers to sport and recreation

Feb 13, 2023
Grants of up to $150,000 are now available for projects that aim to increase participation and break down the barriers to participate in sport.
Flood lights on an oval

$12.3 million to boost WA’s community sport and recreation facilities

Feb 10, 2023
The State Government has announced more than $12.3 million will be provided towards upgrading community sport and recreation facilities and lighting throughout the State.
Two performers in a remote location. Text reads, Playing WA Grant Program.

Regional audiences to welcome 5 exciting performances

Feb 9, 2023
The Playing WA program will support 5 performing arts companies to tour their shows to communities in regional WA, sharing in $475,685 as part of the first funding round of 2022-2023.
WA Hiking Participation Grants: $187,810 for 10 projects. Image of hikers walking a bush trail.

Grants help hiking projects reach new heights

Feb 8, 2023
A walking project to help people heal while grieving, a nature-based adaptive hiking program for those who live with disability and a hike project to unite Ukranians are among 10 recipients getting a total of nearly $188,000 in State Government funding.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Premier McGowan and Minister Templeman at the stadium today, marking the successful completion of this significant community infrastructure project.

Slam dunk for Geraldton basketball thanks to $3.5 million boost

Feb 5, 2023
A multi-million dollar upgrade to the Geraldton Basketball Stadium has been officially unveiled today by Premier Mark McGowan and Sports Minister David Templeman.
Round 3 of Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program now open. Image of a carousel on a slow shutter speed creating light trails.

Round 3 of the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program opens

Feb 1, 2023
Don’t miss your chance to apply for the final round of the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program offering up to $100,000 in funding for eligible events.
A banner for Revive in front of historic staircase. Image Australian Government Office for the Arts.

Western Australia at National Cultural Policy launch

Jan 31, 2023
Western Australia’s Minister for Culture and the Arts is welcoming a new era for arts, entertainment and culture following his attendance at the National Cultural Policy launch on the land of the Bunurong people of the South-Eastern Kulin Nation.
Staff member using office equipment

Financial hardship provisions under the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 to end

Jan 30, 2023

LG Alert

A Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 (the Order) was made by the Minister for Local Government and published in the Government Gazette on 24 June 2022.
Trails Planning Grants Program open. Image of rider using a modified hand mountain bike on a trail.

We’re planning for a future of sustainable, world-class trails in WA

Jan 30, 2023
Following the release of the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint in October 2022, the State Government is now offering grants of between $5000 and $25,000 for local trail development projects.

Celebrating 50 years of our iconic Perth Concert Hall

Jan 27, 2023
Perth Concert Hall celebrations to mark 50 years of performances at heritage-listed venue. World-renowned acoustics and brutalist architecture key features of 1,891 seat building. Golden ticket giveaway, exhibit and guided tours for venue-goers part of 50th birthday.
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Grant acquittal and other audit certification

Jan 25, 2023

LG Alert

The Local Government Act 1995 and Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996 provide for the Auditor General to conduct annual financial statement and performance audits of local governments.
Close up of a calculator and financial information on a page

AASB Consultation

Jan 24, 2023

LG Alert

Patricia Au, Senior Manager of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) is inviting local government stakeholders to a virtual roundtable discussion.
A group of puppies

Tender opens for centralised cats and dogs registration system

Jan 24, 2023
The State Government has today opened a Request for Tender for Western Australia's first centralised registration system for cats and dogs.
Two mountain bike riders on a trail in a National Park

Outdoor active recreation grants provide $395,798 funding boost

Jan 24, 2023
Outdoor recreation activities throughout the State have received a boost with 20 projects set to share a total of $395,798 in funding from the Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Grants Program.
Four people holding cats

DLGSC on the road: centralised registration system for cats and dogs

Jan 24, 2023
Corinna Musgrave has to be one of the most travelled DLGSC staff members.
Row of voting booths

Local government election transitions

Jan 24, 2023
Nearly half of WA’s local governments will be impacted by proposed local government ward and representation electoral reforms, which are due to be introduced in Parliament early this year.
Football players celebrating after a win at a World Cup match

Women’s sports teams score grants to go for national glory

Jan 23, 2023
Eight Western Australian women's sports National League teams have scored grants totalling $320,000 in funding awarded by the Sport and Recreation Minister.
FRINGE WORLD Festival. Photo by Jason Matz.

FRINGE WORLD 2023 launches with feel good vibes

Jan 20, 2023
FRINGE WORLD Festival is back, providing a stage for arts and culture to thrive in Perth, with funding assistance from the State Government.

Audit report identifies cyber security issues

Jan 18, 2023

LG Alert

Local governments to review and improve on system issues to protect against cyber threats in accordance with the Office of the Auditor General report – Information Systems Audit Report 2022 – Local Government Entities.

Compliance Audit Return 2022

Jan 16, 2023

LG Alert

In accordance with regulation 14 of the Local Government (Audit) Regulations 1996, local governments are required to carry out a compliance audit return for the period of 1 January to 31 December of each year.
A football laying on grass

Hands Oval redevelopment gets go ahead with additional funding

Jan 10, 2023
The Hands Oval Pavilion redevelopment in Bunbury has been given a boost with an additional $3 million investment by the State Government, increasing the total contribution to $8 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
Ghost Swim by Kelsey Ashe, Fremantle Biennale UnderCurrent19. Film Still Archival Photographic Print. Photography Kelsey Ashe.

Thirteen innovative arts projects share $668,353 funding

Jan 6, 2023
The State Government has delivered funding for 13 new Western Australian arts projects through the Arts 15k-plus program.
Australian flag

Australian national flag to fly at half-mast – 5 January 2023

Jan 4, 2023

LG Alert

Funeral Service for His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (1927 - 2022)

Recognise a multicultural champion in the Local Government Sector

Dec 22, 2022
Nominations are now open to recognise and applaud the many champions of multiculturalism in Western Australia.
Graphic with the words, "You're in a Protected Entertainment Precinct" and a background of out of focus lights at night

PEP's law to keep entertainment hotspots safer this festive season

Dec 22, 2022
New laws to ban violent thugs from popular entertainment precincts will come into effect on Christmas Eve, in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour just in time for the festive season.
Graphic with words, 'Arts and culture monitor Western Australia 2022. Fact sheet and survey report are now available on the culture and the arts research hub.'

Arts and Culture Monitor 2022

Dec 21, 2022
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.
Lovers Cove in Albany, Western Australia

LG Hotline unavailable 12 noon, 23 December 2022, resuming 3 January 2023

Dec 21, 2022

LG Alert

The Local Government Advisory Hotline service provides local government officers and elected members with support and advice related to the Local Government Act 1995.
Inside the Bronze Box, State Theatre Centre of WA. Photo by Eva Fernandez.

Grants encourage vibrant theatre

Dec 20, 2022
Two local theatre projects have been the recipients of funding through the 2022-23 round of the WA Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
Industrial worker wearing appropriate protective work wear

Transition to State Industrial Relations System from 1 January 2023

Dec 20, 2022

LG Alert

The Minister for Industrial Relations has announced that local government employers that currently operate in the national industrial relations system will transfer to the State industrial relations system on 1 January 2023.
74% of Western Australian audiences say they are 'ready to attend now' — the second-highest rate in the country.

Audience Outlook Monitor

Dec 19, 2022
November 2022 results out now
A close up photo of a cinema projector

Screenwest gets $7.7 million funding support for 2022/23

Dec 19, 2022
The State Government has confirmed its commitment to the continued development of the screen industry in Western Australia, providing Screenwest with a $7.7 million Lotterywest grant to support the production of film, television and interactive projects in WA.
Illustrations from Alice in Wonderland are arranged around a pattern of colourful concentric circles

Come and fall down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland

Dec 16, 2022
Upend your expectations and reward your curiosity at the playful and highly immersive Wonderland exhibition, now on at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Stadium Karts promotional banner showing a person in a racing kart. Text reads, 'Racing from Jan 2023'

Stadium Karts to hit the track at Optus Stadium in January

Dec 16, 2022
Australia's ultimate outdoor karting experience roars into Stadium Park at Optus Stadium this January.
Local streetscape in Perth with the CBD in the distance

Safe and Together Community Grants Program — open for applications!

Dec 16, 2022

LG Alert

Local governments are invited to apply for a grant under the Australian Government’s Safe and Together Community Grants Program.
Mature man hesitates while picking out beer from a store.

Inquiries into Kimberley and Pilbara packaged liquor availability

Dec 16, 2022
WA’s Director of Liquor Licensing Lanie Chopping has proposed changes to the way packaged liquor is sold in some Kimberley towns, in her determination of 2 separate Inquiries under section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (the Act).
A group of people holding a certificate in regional WA

How we met more than 900 Aboriginal people and communities during 2022

Dec 15, 2022
A significant piece of work that has been undertaken this year is the engagement outreach with Aboriginal people and communities across Western Australia.
An Aboriginal man in traditional dress performing a smoking ceremony

Cleansing ceremony held at site for Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Dec 15, 2022
The culture shared at this important ceremony shows why it is so vital that we have a place where we can celebrate and learn more about the diversity of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Premier Mark McGowan with members of the Steering Committee

Aboriginal Cultural Centre location revealed

Dec 15, 2022
On 15 August, the Premier the Hon Mark McGowan together with the Whadjuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cultural Authority representatives, announced the Terrace Road carpark as the location for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia.
A group of people standing together, some with shovels, as part of a smoking ceremony

Join our expanded Steering Committee in 2023

Dec 15, 2022
In 2023, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre (ACC) project will expand its membership of the Steering Committee to include suitably experienced Aboriginal leaders from regional Western Australia.
A photo of the Donnybrook Post Office

Former Director General appointed as Donnybrook-Balingup Shire Commissioner

Dec 14, 2022
Local Government Minister John Carey has today announced the appointment of respected former senior public sector leader Gail McGowan as Commissioner of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.
A close-up photo of someone at a laptop holding a credit card

How to pay your annual liquor licence fees

Dec 13, 2022
The department mailed out invoices for annual liquor licence fees on 16 November 2022, with payments due on or before 1 January 2023.
Denmark players celebrate their team's victory during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Semi Final

Denmark makes WA home base for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Dec 13, 2022
Perth has been selected by Denmark as its base for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 following site inspections by team representatives.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2022

Dec 12, 2022
Issued under the Liquor Control Act 1988 sections 31 (4) and (7) and 60 by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
Smoking ceremony

Up, up and WA! Regional and remote festivals’ funding boost

Dec 12, 2022
8 organisations will share in more than $360,000 to bring arts and cultural activities to festivals in regional and remote Western Australia for 2023.
A group of people holding awards outside of Government House

Distinguished WA artists honoured at State Cultural Treasures Awards 2022

Dec 8, 2022
Distinguished Western Australian artists have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the WA arts sector and community at the State Cultural Treasures Awards in Perth.
Audience participants on stage at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Regional funding creates new home-grown performances

Dec 6, 2022
The State Government’s Made in WA funding will support four successful recipients to bring their Western Australian projects to fruition.
Minister Templeman with some of the WA games delegation being supported to attend Gamescom 2022 in Germany.

The Digital Games Production Fund is now open for applications through Screenwest

Dec 6, 2022
Content developers can apply for funding support for pre-production, production or post activity. Funding is also available for professional development placements and travel.
An exterior of a theatre lit up early evening.

Boost of almost $740,000 for regional performing arts venues

Dec 5, 2022
Western Australia's regional performing arts sector is getting a boost thanks to the State Government's 'In the House' funding program, with 10 venues or organisations set to receive almost $740,000 between them.
Views from Mirima National Park in Kununurra, Western Australia

Living languages: funding supports Aboriginal youth wellbeing

Dec 5, 2022
An initiative that will play a vital role in enabling Indigenous language continuation in the Kimberley region will receive a $200,000 support package from the State Government.
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Social Media Self-Defence for local government employees and council members

Dec 2, 2022

LG Alert

The department has engaged the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to present Social Media Self-Defence webinars.
Aerial view of the current hockey facility at Curtin University

WA bid success! Perth to remain Australia’s Home of Hockey

Dec 2, 2022
The State Government has been successful in its bid to keep Hockey Australia's High Performance Program in Perth.
7 Aboriginal students holding a long sculpture in regional WA

Funding program connects artists and school students

Dec 2, 2022
Artists, teachers and creative organisations will be able to foster greater creativity in schools thanks to the Creativity for Schools program grants that open today.
Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh with Derek Randall (right) of England during a one-day international in Melbourne, January 1980.

Specialist wicket keeper program honours cricket great Rod Marsh

Dec 1, 2022
Western Australia’s next generation of top wicket keepers will be invited to take part in a high-performance coaching program in honour of Australian cricketing great Rod Marsh.
Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan flythrough

Lead consultant appointed for Perth Cultural Centre rejuvenation

Dec 1, 2022
The rejuvenation of the Perth Cultural Centre has marked a major milestone, with the appointment of the lead consultant COX Architecture.
3 people standing outside of Parliament holding books.

WA Premier’s Book Awards unveils new category: Book of the Year

Nov 30, 2022
A brand-new category in the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards has been announced — The Premier's Prize for Book of the Year Award sponsored by Writing WA.
Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti with Gaming and Wagering Commission Chair Lanie Chopping in the casino

Date announced for betting limits on electronic gaming machines

Nov 30, 2022
A $10 betting limit for Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) will be enforced at Crown Casino from 1 July 2023.
Image of maps on easels showing the area of the Protected Entertainment Precincts

Protected Entertainment Precincts pass Parliament

Nov 30, 2022
Laws to enhance safety in Western Australia's popular entertainment precincts by banning perpetrators of violent or threatening behaviour have passed through Parliament.
Aerial view of a beach near Esperance

Requesting an alternative date for the King’s Birthday public holiday in 2023

Nov 30, 2022

LG Alert

Local governments interested in having an alternative date declared for the King’s Birthday public holiday in their district can make a request to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Group of athletes running on a track

Regional talent gets funding for sporting dreams

Nov 29, 2022
Regional athletes, coaches and officials are the beneficiaries of funding to 9 special programs around Western Australia that will help them achieve their sporting dreams.
A stylised duo-tone image of a concert with the words, 'High Voltage'.

Western Australia’s new AC/DC-inspired celebration for 2023

Nov 28, 2022
The State Government will launch a new stand-alone home-grown AC/DC-inspired event in Perth next year.
A photo of different posters for Connections Nightclub

Everyone’s story is important at The State Library

Nov 25, 2022
The State Library of Western Australia has put out a call for a more diverse range of materials as part of its new collections strategy where 'everyone's story is important'.
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16 Days in WA: promoting an end to violence against women

Nov 25, 2022
Today marks the start of 16 days of activism, from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10 (Human Rights Day), to help raise awareness of and prevent violence against women.
An oval flooded with light in the Kimberley

Community sport lights up thanks to facility upgrade funding

Nov 24, 2022
2 community sporting grant programs have given 24 local sport clubs and facilities across Western Australia more than $1 million in funding for upgrades.
A group of people standing together on the site where the Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be.

Ceremony prepares safe pathway for future statewide Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Nov 22, 2022
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia project marked another milestone today with a cleansing ceremony of the Terrace Road site prior to the start of ground investigation works.
Montage of actor profiles.

Ocean adventure Blueback premieres under the stars

Nov 18, 2022
Australian Director Robert Connolly (The Dry, Paper Planes) brings Tim Winton’s best-selling story BLUEBACK to the big screen for Perth Festival’s Lotterywest films.

Ombudsman Webinar: Reportable Conduct Scheme

Nov 18, 2022

LG Alert

The Ombudsman WA is overseeing implementation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme (the Scheme) as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Close up image of a bartender pouring a beer from a tap.

The next chapter of WA’s liquor laws — have your say

Nov 17, 2022
Western Australia's small bars — which transformed laneways, activated entertainment precincts, and gave rise to a more sophisticated drinking culture — have celebrated their 15th year.
An illustration of a parent, child and coach. The coach is holding a Working with Children Card.

Your child's one-to-one coach... have you checked?

Nov 16, 2022
The Department of Communities has launched a social media campaign asking parents and guardians engaging individuals to work with or look after their children a simple question — have you checked?

New funding program to support Aboriginal arts and culture sector

Nov 15, 2022
A new funding program offering Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building Grants has opened to support the Indigenous arts and culture sector in Western Australia.
A bloody muddy rugby player

National Rugby League Double-Header for Perth next year

Nov 10, 2022
Western Australia will host two National Rugby League (NRL) matches in a one-day sporting spectacular next year as part of the NRL's 2023 calendar of events.
ECU students filming in a studio

Film and TV studio a step closer for Malaga METRONET station precinct

Nov 9, 2022
Western Australia's first dedicated screen production facility is a step closer — with detailed due diligence to commence on a 16-hectare site within the Malaga METRONET station precinct in Perth's north-east.
Australian flag

Australian National Flag at half-mast and observance of 1 minute of silence

Nov 9, 2022

LG Alert

Remembrance Day, Friday 11 November 2022
Videoconferencing. Image: Getty Images/Morsa Images

Local Government (Administration) Amendment Regulations 2022

Nov 9, 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has introduced new provisions to enable Western Australian local governments to continue to conduct council meetings electronically.
Promotional illustration with stylised lettering. Text reads, 'Thomas Dambo, Giants of Mandurah Western Australia 12 November 2022'

Australian-first Giants of Mandurah come to life in Peel region

Nov 8, 2022
In an Australian-first the 'Giants of Mandurah' will come to life this weekend in a spectacular free exhibition of larger-than-life hidden sculptures by world-renowned Danish artist, Thomas Dambo.
Mature man hesitates while picking out beer from a store.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2021 has expired

Nov 4, 2022
On health advice, Western Australia’s State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic ended at 12.01am, the morning of Friday 4 November 2022. As a result, the Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice expired at this time.
Two people working on a computer.

Provisions for electronic meetings in local governments

Nov 4, 2022

LG Alert

On health advice, Western Australia’s State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is set to end on 12.01am, the morning of Friday 4 November. WA’s strong health outcomes mean we are exceptionally well placed to move into the next stage of the pandemic.
A family kayaking together

$600,000 to help more West Aussies experience the benefits of being outdoors

Nov 4, 2022
The State Government has put a call out for Western Australians to get more active outdoors with $600,000 now available through two grant programs.
David Bentley standing with with Tim Fraser

Emerging Leader of the Year announced at LG Pro WA Conference

Nov 3, 2022
The winner of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award at the LG Professionals WA Annual State Conference has been announced as David Bentley, Coordinator of Governance and Strategy at the Town of Victoria Park.
A girl with an orange segment in her mouth. Text reads, "Every Club grants scheme. Up to $50,000 for local governments to support sustainable clubs"

Multi-million dollar investment to support grassroots sports

Nov 3, 2022
Sport and recreation clubs in Western Australia will receive a $2.1 million funding boost thanks to the latest round of grants available through the State Government's Every Club Program.
Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants with an image of an evening night market

Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants

Nov 2, 2022
The State Government’s investment in revitalising the Perth CBD and Northbridge continues with 18 eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits sharing in more than $1.2 million of funding from the Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.
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MyCouncil website

Nov 2, 2022

LG Alert

The MyCouncil website is a place for residents, ratepayers and the local government sector to view and compare information on how local governments are raising, spending and managing funds.
A bloody muddy rugby player

Government to support third party bidder for WA-based NRL team

Oct 31, 2022
The State Government has flagged its support for a potential Western Australian-based National Rugby League (NRL) franchise, with work underway to identify a third-party bid.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Meeting of Cultural Ministers to support creative and cultural sector

Oct 31, 2022
Today's national Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) in Adelaide highlights the commitment of all States and Territories to work collaboratively to support the creative and cultural sector.
3 maps displayed on easels

Protected Entertainment Precincts legislation introduced to parliament

Oct 27, 2022
The State Government has introduced the Liquor Control Amendment (Protected Entertainment Precincts) Bill 2022 in Parliament.
Hockey bid screen grab showing an artists' impression of corporate facilities overlooking a hockey pitch

$135 million plan to keep Perth the Home of Hockey

Oct 27, 2022
The State Government — in partnership with Hockey WA — has made a $135 million proposal to retain the high performance hockey program in Perth.

National Children’s Week and the DLGSC Child Safeguarding Unit

Oct 26, 2022

LG Alert

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) recognised the important role that local governments play in developing community awareness about child safety.
Two Australian football fans cheering

First international team officials arrive in Perth after FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 draw

Oct 25, 2022
Officials from 2 international teams are in Perth today to see first-hand the city's excellent facilities for the FIFA Women's World Cup (FIFAWWC) Australia and New Zealand 2023.
Andrew Liddawi with a message stick

Breaking all boundaries: Award honours mountain biking pioneer

Oct 25, 2022
Andrew Liddawi, mountain biker and founder of adaptive cycling and hiking organisation Break the Boundary, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Western Australia's trail industry.
The winners standing with their trophy

Shire of Meekathara Making a Difference for local young people

Oct 21, 2022
The Shire of Meekatharra’s Youth Services, which provides dynamic programs for young people aged 8-18 in the State’s Mid West, has been named the winner of this year’s Making a Difference Award.
WA Strategic Trails Blueprint cover

WA trails to better connect with country, community and culture

Oct 21, 2022
Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman has outlined the way forward for trails in Western Australia, with the release of the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint 2022-2027.
Image of a person using a megaphone with people with golf carts in the background.

WA Golf Open scores Sport and Recreation event funding

Oct 20, 2022
The Minister for Sport and Recreation has approved funding of $30,000 to help Golf WA host this year’s Western Australian Open Golf Championship, while Wembley Lacrosse Club received $10,000 to deliver the 2022 U15 Boys and Girls National Tournament.
A book being held up and read to young children

Yawuru-English edition of Nyamangarru Jalygurr/Baby Ways launched

Oct 19, 2022
A dual language Yawuru and English edition of a classic baby book has been launched — it is titled Nyamangarru Jalygurr/Baby Ways.
A man with kids at an aquatic facility

Kununurra water playground set to make a splash

Oct 19, 2022
The State Government has made a supersized splash in Kununurra with a new $3.2 million water playground.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grant program supports connection to country, community, culture

Oct 18, 2022
Applications are now open for grants to support Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake activities that foster links between community, country and culture.
People standing in front of a sign for the World Transplant Games

6 months to go to 2023 World Transplant Games in Perth

Oct 18, 2022
The countdown is on for world's largest organ donation awareness event which will get underway in Perth in just 6 months.
Three mountain bike riders on a bush track.

State mountain bike strategy launch

Oct 17, 2022
More West Australians and visitors will have access to mountain bike opportunities thanks to the launch of a State strategy aimed at supporting sustainable participation in one of the fastest growing activities in the world.
A hand holding a mobile phone

What are you gambling with?

Oct 17, 2022
With Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2022 kicking off today, Western Australians are being encouraged to recognise the warning signs of gambling-related harm and seek help.
Workers at a casino

Independent Monitor appointed to oversee casino remediation

Oct 12, 2022
The State Government has appointed the Independent Monitor to oversee remediation at Perth's casino following the Royal Commission Final Report handed down earlier this year.

Publishing council and committee meeting minutes

Oct 12, 2022

LG Alert

Local governments that fail to publish minutes of council meetings and meetings of committees with delegated authority are in breach of the Local Government Act 1995.
Pole vaulter Nina Kennedy and skeleton racer Nick Timmings

Regional Olympics tour to inspire WA’s future sports stars

Oct 11, 2022
Western Australian Olympians Nina Kennedy and Nicholas Timmings will leave their pole vault and sled behind as they jet off to the East Kimberley region to visit communities in Kununurra, Halls Creek, Wyndham, Frogs Hollow and Warmun.
Ghost Swim by Kelsey Ashe. Fremantle Biennale, UnderCurrent19, November 2019. Film Still Archival Photographic Print. Photography by Kelsey Ashe.

16 diverse new arts projects share more than $745,000

Oct 11, 2022
The State Government's Arts 15k-plus grant program has provided a boost to the arts sector of $745,562, supporting 16 new projects.
Australian flag

Australian National Flag at half-mast

Oct 11, 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 20th anniversary of the Bali bombings.
he T20 World Cup trophy is pictured in the field of light during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Trophy Tour at Uluru on August 08, 2022 in Uluru, Australia. Photo: Getty Images/Brook Mitchell/Stringer

India joins world’s best teams in Perth for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Oct 10, 2022
India's men's cricket team will commence preparations in Perth today ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
Close-up of a hand playing the strings of an electric bass

Contemporary Music Fund boosts capacity of WA sector

Sep 30, 2022
The State Government has awarded more than $92,000 in funding to two local music recipients — a 2017 and 2021 election commitment — through its Contemporary Music Fund (CMF).
Two people on stand-up paddling boards in a picturesque bay

October — the Perth-ect time to get outdoors!

Sep 29, 2022
Outdoors October kicks off this Saturday 1 October with a month-long celebration of outdoor active recreation, encouraging Western Australians to start planning their outdoors adventure.

Have a say on Banned Drinkers Register

Sep 29, 2022
A consultation on options to strengthen the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) has been launched after an independent evaluation of the scheme’s trial in the Pilbara.
Three indicative maps on easels

New legislation aims to provide safer entertainment precincts

Sep 28, 2022
Proposed new legislation will exclude convicted offenders and perpetrators of antisocial behaviour in designated Protected Entertainment Precincts from entering those areas.
Kalgoorlie town hall

$120,000 funding available for local governments to identify and protect local heritage sites

Sep 28, 2022
Local governments throughout Western Australia can now apply for a share of $120,000 in State Government funding to assess, review, and develop local frameworks that protect places of cultural heritage significance through their local planning schemes.
Image of a cat sitting on a dogs head

Centralised Registration System for Cats and Dogs: RFI issued

Sep 26, 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has issued a Request for Information for the procurement of a centralised registration system for cats and dogs.
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CEO Standards for Recruitment, Performance Review and Termination

Sep 26, 2022

LG Alert

CEO Standards for Recruitment, Performance Review and Termination (CEO Standards) were introduced in Western Australia in February 2021.
A group of Aboriginal children playing sport on a grass field

More active opportunities for underprivileged remote Kimberley youth

Sep 23, 2022
DLGSC is funding a scheme to provide more sporting opportunities and second-hand sporting equipment for at-risk children and youth in under-serviced remote communities in the Kimberley region.
2 men at a bar with 2 beers served by bar owner

Extra cheers for FIFA World Cup fans

Sep 23, 2022
Western Australia’s hospitality and bar scene will receive a major boost thanks to the State Government’s one-off extended trading permits policy for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup football (soccer) games.
Round 2 recipients announced for Perth CBD activation grants with an image of an evening night market

Round 1 CBD Revitalisation Grant Program recipients announced

Sep 21, 2022
24 eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits have shared in $1.9 million of funding from the State Government's $4 million Perth CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.
This is a voting card marked with an x in the second box with a pencil. The focus is on the pencil tip.

Local government — election transitions

Sep 20, 2022

LG Alert

Minister for Local Government Hon. John Carey will be advising all Western Australian local governments of pathways to the election reforms, which were announced as a wider package of local government reforms on 3 July 2022.
Close up of a calculator and financial information on a page

Audit results report identifies financial audit issues

Sep 20, 2022

LG Alert

The Auditor General has tabled in Parliament the Financial Audit Results — Local Government 2020-21. At the time of tabling 16 audits remained outstanding.
Two dancers in a field, one standing holding a painted branch, the other one jumping in mid-air.

Six performances hit the road for regional WA

Sep 20, 2022
The Playing WA 2021-2022 second funding round has provided more than $564,000 to support six performances, ranging from an original comedic cabaret, to singing and yarning concerts, allowing these shows to reach new audiences in regional Western Australia.
Australian flag

Australian National Flag at half-mast

Sep 16, 2022

LG Alert

State Funeral Service, United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen.
A group of musicians rehearsing with the words, Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Funding boost for creative learning in schools

Sep 15, 2022
Fostering creativity in schools is the focus of a new $8 million program funded by the State Government.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Licensed trading hours for the upcoming day of mourning

Sep 15, 2022
Licensees are advised that the permitted trading hours on Thursday 22 September 2022 will be the same as any other Thursday.
Smiling woman with dark hair

Vale Aly May

Sep 14, 2022
Aly May worked in the Culture and the Arts team at the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries for 17 years and amassed incredible achievements throughout that time.
Outback highway at sunny day, Western Australia

Local governments rewarded for using recycled construction and demolition waste

Sep 14, 2022
Local governments will receive a financial incentive to use recycled construction and demolition waste in civil projects such as road construction, as part of a new $350,000 scheme.
Premier Mark McGowan with members of the Steering Committee

Aboriginal Cultural Centre Steering Committee communique 6

Sep 14, 2022
Meeting September and October 2022
A group of people, most in football uniforms, standing on a football (soccer) pitch

$410,000 Dorrien Gardens facelift for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Sep 13, 2022
Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman has announced $200,000 in State Government funding for upgrades to West Perth's Dorrien Gardens in preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup (FIFAWWC) Australia and New Zealand 2023.
Hikers walking across a new bridge

New Collie trail and bridge ready for hikers to enjoy

Sep 12, 2022
The State Government is stepping up its support for the town of Collie, with the next section of the Wiilman Bilya trail now open.
Australian flag

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Sep 9, 2022

LG Alert

Her Majesty the Queen
Female football players standing in a group in Fremantle colours with the Premier, Ministers, Mayor and officials.

Boost for AFLW and community footy

Sep 8, 2022
A multi-million-dollar upgrade to community changerooms that will address the shortage of female and community facilities in the growing south-west metro corridor will be delivered in collaboration between the City of Cockburn, Fremantle Dockers and the State Government.
A coach watching her players

State Government announces grants to promote volunteering

Sep 5, 2022
To increase awareness and encourage the uptake of volunteering in Western Australia, the State Government today announced a $100,000 grants program to support volunteer service organisations.

Second round opens for $4 million CBD Revitalisation Grant Program

Sep 1, 2022
Round 2 of the $4 million CBD Revitalisation Grant Program offering up to $100,000 in funding for eligible events is now open after a strong response to the first round which attracted 76 applicants.
Australian flag

Flying of Flags: Australian National Flag Day

Aug 30, 2022

LG Alert

Australian National Flag Day, celebrated on 3 September 2022, marks 121 years since the Australian National Flag was first officially flown in 1901 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the site of Australia’s first Parliament.
Behind the Scenes on Mystery Road Origin. Photography by David Dare Parker. © Bunya Productions

WA rolls out red carpet for film and TV projects with $20m fund

Aug 29, 2022
The State Government has delivered on an election commitment of $20 million in funding, to draw national and international screen productions to Western Australia.
A close up photo of someone pressing a key on a keyboard with the word, 'complaint' on it

Guidance on managing customer complaints

Aug 26, 2022

LG Alert

Effective complaint handling is fundamental to the provision of a quality service but responding to complainants can be complex, challenging, and does not always suit a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Close up of a calculator and financial information on a page

Local Government Financial Better Practice Review Program

Aug 25, 2022

LG Alert

The Financial Better Practice Review Program is a new DLGSC initiative to strengthen the local government sector.
An infographic with the information: The gross benefit of organised sport in WA each year is $10.3b. Economic and employment $4.85b. Physical and mental health $3.02b. Personal wellbeing and broader social benefits $2.39b.

Western Australia’s $10.3 billion benefit from community sport

Aug 23, 2022
Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman has welcomed findings that community sport delivers a yearly $10.3 billion economic and social benefit to our State.
A person casting their vote

Be prepared for absent votes

Aug 22, 2022

LG Alert

There are a high number of Extraordinary Elections scheduled for various local council vacancies in the coming months and all local governments need to be prepared to issue absent votes.
A man being interviewed by the media

Site selected for Western Australia’s new Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Aug 16, 2022
A world-class Aboriginal Cultural Centre for Western Australia is a step closer to becoming a reality with the selection of a Terrace Road site as the preferred location for the centre.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip achieves major milestone

Aug 14, 2022
The WA Museum Boola Bardip has welcomed its one millionth visitor since opening in November 2020, marking a major milestone in the history of the $400 million award-winning facility.
Business people with bribe at desk in office

Guide to managing fraud and corruption risks

Aug 10, 2022

LG Alert

All organisations, public and private, face the risk of fraud. Local governments can benefit from a better understanding of their specific fraud risks and taking a coordinated approach to managing them.
Minister Templeman with some of the WA games delegation being supported to attend Gamescom 2022 in Germany.

WA games and interactive industry heads to Gamescom

Aug 4, 2022
5 WA game studios will attend the world’s biggest computer and video games event in Cologne, Germany — Gamescom — thanks to a $50,000 State Government grant.
Remembering Mount Margaret Mission cover

Remembering Mount Margaret Mission’ sheds light on a history seldom told

Aug 4, 2022
A unique insight into the lives of Aboriginal children living at the Mount Margaret Mission, located on Wongatha land in the Goldfields-Esperance region, has been produced by the State Government’s Aboriginal History WA.
A box of wine bottles

Inquiries into Kimberley and Pilbara packaged liquor availability

Aug 3, 2022
Deadline for industry submissions extended until 1 September 2022.
Aerial top view of a bright orange sandy beach

Funding delivers out-of-school programs for at-risk Kimberley youth

Aug 2, 2022
The State Government has announced $734,500 in funding for four programs in the Kimberley region that will deliver structured holiday and out-of-school programs to at-risk youth over the next 3 years.
Group of athletes running on a track

Funding boost helps Broome athletes reach their full potential

Aug 1, 2022
Up to 40 Broome-based athletes have the opportunity to participate in a year-long holistic sport development program, thanks to a $75,000 funding boost from the State Government.
Theatre performers on stage

State Government raises curtain on $69,000 Theatre Kimberley grant

Aug 1, 2022
Roll up! Roll up! The Culture and the Arts Minister has presented a $69,060 Lotterywest grant to the spectacular Theatre Kimberley.
An oval flooded with light in the Kimberley

AFL partnership shines light on Kimberley footy talent

Aug 1, 2022
Under new flood lights funded by the State Government, the Sport and Recreation Minister has shared details of a 50-50 partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL) to invest $1 million annually, for 5 years, in community sport across the Kimberley region.
Business people using tablet computer in server room

Audit report identifies cyber security issues

Jul 29, 2022

LG Alert

An Office of the Auditor General report into IT systems has highlighted the need for all local governments to continuously review and improve their practices to protect against cyber threats.
A low-angle side view of a father and his young daughters enjoying a lovely autumn day out in a public park.

State Government delivers on $2.6m all-abilities play space election commitment

Jul 25, 2022
The State Government has swung into action on its $2.6 million election commitment for an all-abilities play space in the City of Wanneroo in Perth’s north.
Christina Matthews, and Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman in front of a promotional screen at the WACA Ground.

International cricket just the ticket this summer

Jul 22, 2022
Tickets to see men’s international cricket return to Perth for the first time since 2019 are now on sale with the first match on the calendar a T20 clash between old rivals Australia and England in early October.
An Aboriginal artist performing on stage with a colourful background of illustrated water lillies.

Huge funding boost to deliver exciting new regional Aboriginal arts and cultural projects

Jul 21, 2022
4 projects, ranging from an on-country camp in Wilkinkarra to create large scale visual artworks to a touring yellow bus that will demonstrate the Yindjibarndi people's enduring connection to country, have received a major funding boost from the State Government.
ICON Festival of Events with a montage of footballers

WA kicks off week of elite international football with ICON festival

Jul 20, 2022
The biggest festival of English Premier League football ever seen in Western Australia kicks off today with 3 days of celebration in the lead up to this weekend's blockbuster matches.
Members of San Cisco at Optus Stadium

San Cisco provides local talent at international sports festival

Jul 15, 2022
Local Fremantle indie pop band San Cisco will perform as part of the ICON Perth’s International Festival of Football.
Applications open for Perth city centre events grant program

$4 million worth of Perth and Northbridge event grants available

Jul 8, 2022
Businesses, not-for-profits and property owners with ideas for vibrant events to revitalise Perth CBD can now apply for a share of $4 million in State Government funding with grants of up to $100,000 available per applicant.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

State Government supports young regional artists and arts workers to kick-start careers

Jul 8, 2022
The Next Level Regional Grants are part of the State Government's Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP), which invests in regional Western Australia to support liveable and vibrant communities.
A hockey field a night illuminated by lights

Funding helps local communities play and participate

Jul 8, 2022
Sporting facilities across Perth and regional Western Australia will benefit from the latest round of community sport facility and lighting grants.
Three workers chatting

Key milestone in industrial relations reform for local governments

Jul 7, 2022

LG Alert

Local governments are advised that important changes under the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) commenced on 20 June 2022.
High angle view of a townscape against sky during sunset

Package of local government reforms finalised

Jul 6, 2022

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the final package of reforms to the Local Government Act 1995, following a review of public submissions.
A hand inside smoke emanating from a smoking ceremony container burning bush plants.

Arts grant program record broken as $830,000 goes to 17 applicants

Jul 5, 2022
Seventeen Western Australian artists and organisations will share in $830,000 in funding through the latest round of the State Government's Arts 15k-plus grants program.
Workers at a casino

State Government appoints 2 new Gaming and Wagering Commission members

Jul 4, 2022
Racing and Gaming Minister Dr Tony Buti has appointed 2 new members to the Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC), bringing the total number of appointees this year to 4.
Tyrannotitan chubutensis fossil display at the museum

Dinosaurs of Patagonia premiere at the WA Museum Boola Bardip

Jul 4, 2022
Dinosaurs from the remote region of Patagonia make their world premiere at the Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip on Saturday July 2.
An alfresco area at night

Open for business

Jul 4, 2022
Activating Alfresco aids COVID recovery.
Montage of Arts and Culture Trust members

Curtain closes on Perth Theatre Trust as new era begins

Jul 1, 2022
Western Australia’s new Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) and its Board has come into effect, replacing the Perth Theatre Trust (PTT) from today, 1 July 2022.
Hand of a accounatant analysing line graph on computer screen

Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022

Jun 30, 2022

LG Alert

The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 enables the Minister for Local Government to make an order that modifies or suspends provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) and Regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: NAIDOC Week 2022

Jun 29, 2022

LG Alert

3 to 10 July 2022
Midsection of people working on table

Local Government Asset Revaluations

Jun 27, 2022

LG Alert

With 30 June fast approaching, some local governments need to make sure they have their asset revaluations ready for audit.
Image of the MyCouncil website on a laptop

Financial Health Indicator

Jun 23, 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is reviewing the Financial Health Indicator, which is available on the MyCouncil website.
Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book

Noongar version of Better Beginnings Baby Ways book launched

Jun 23, 2022
An award winning early years literacy program has been expanded to include the Noongar language, with the launch of the first dual language Baby Ways book.
Nurses and patients sitting on a hospital bed and standing next to it

Heartwarming WA documentary series, Children’s Hospital now airing on Channel Nine

Jun 22, 2022
New Western Australian documentary series Children's Hospital made its television premiere on Channel 9 on 17 June at 7.30pm.
Montage of VenuesWest venues

VenuesWest welcomes new Chair and new board member

Jun 20, 2022
The VenuesWest board, which oversees Western Australia's premier sport and entertainment venues, has welcomed a new Chair and one new board member.

New CEO for Metropolitan Cemetery Board

Jun 20, 2022
Local Government Minister John Carey has announced the appointment of Kathlene Oliver to the role of Metropolitan Cemetery Board CEO, replacing Acting CEO Joe Fortuna.

Spotlight on Rosemary Madacsi, Shire of Toodyay President

Jun 20, 2022
Shire of Toodyay President Rosemary Madacsi talks about her experience on council and what can be done to encourage more women to nominate for local government.

Compliance framework update

Jun 20, 2022
An updated compliance framework for local government will be developed after DLGSC engaged external provider Nous Group to carry out this important work.
Close up of two office workers' hands looking over papers on a desk

Local Government Regulations Amendment (Financial Management and Audit) Regulations 2022

Jun 17, 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (the department) is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for the 2022-23 financial year.
Various books stacked on a table for display

Western Australia Premier’s Book Awards winners announced

Jun 17, 2022
The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards winners have been announced during a ceremony at the State Library of Western Australia.
Close up of a calculator and financial information on a page

Local Governments Financial Audit Preparedness 2021-22

Jun 15, 2022

LG Alert

With the start of the new financial year, WA local governments should ensure that they are in a position to allow the preparation of their financial statements and financial audits run as smoothly as possible.
Zoe Pepper and Cody Greenwood

$750,000 to bring WA writer/director’s film Birthright to big screen

Jun 15, 2022
Two Western Australian women have been awarded the coveted $750,000 West Coast Visions 2022 production grant to produce the debut feature film Birthright.
Different objects (such as animals and a gramophone) from museums on a yellow background with the words, 'Uncover WA's surprising collections on your next adventure'

Step right in, WAnderland is waiting

Jun 15, 2022
For the first time, thousands of rare and remarkable items in museums, cultural centres and private collections across Western Australia have been brought together in a new online portal.
Artist's impression of the upgraded WACA Ground

Stand down: WACA makes way for all-abilities playground

Jun 14, 2022
Demolition of the Prindiville Stand at the iconic WACA Ground is now complete, making way for an all-abilities playground as part of the WACA Ground Improvement Project.
A woman sitting at a desk using a calculator

2022-23 Budget and proposed regulatory changes

Jun 13, 2022

LG Alert

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working with local government stakeholders towards the introduction of Model Financial Statements for 2022-23 financial year.
People on a bowling green lit up at night

State funding lights up local bowlo

Jun 12, 2022
Perth bowls enthusiasts can celebrate greater access to Mount Lawley Bowling Club facilities, with the official opening of the club's new greens and lighting upgrades today.
Kayaking point of view

22 reasons for Western Australians to get active outdoors

Jun 10, 2022
Western Australians now have more reason than ever to get active outside with 22 recreation projects throughout the State sharing $427,000 in funding.
Close up image of casino chips

Blackstone granted WA approval to proceed with acquisition of Crown Resorts

Jun 10, 2022
Western Australia's independent casino regulator — the Gaming and Wagering Commission — and the Racing and Gaming Minister have granted the necessary approvals to facilitate the acquisition of Crown Resorts by Blackstone Group.
A cork board with photos, Swan Lager coaster, old letters and a drawing

WA Reflections is back for season two

Jun 10, 2022
After a successful debut season, the State Library of Western Australia and Screenwest are partnering to produce season two of 'WA Reflections — Our History Rediscovered'.
Water polo goalie in action saving a goal

Thousands of visitors coming to WA for 2023 Australian Youth Water Polo Championships and star-studded international tests

Jun 9, 2022
Western Australia will host the largest water polo event held in Australia next year alongside an international series featuring the champion United States Olympic women's team.
A man wearing a cowboy-style hat in front of a petrol station browser and a billboard reading, 'Mystery Road'

Detective Jay Swan to return to our screens with Mystery Road: Origin premiering on ABC TV

Jun 7, 2022
The third instalment of the much-anticipated series — Mystery Road: Origin — is set to premiere on ABC TV at 8.30pm on Sunday 3 July, with all six episodes available to binge watch on ABC iview.
Historical Agricultural and Pastoral Leases

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.
Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week street banners have rolled out across WA

May 27, 2022
The Reconciliation Week Street Banner project is in its 11th year with a record number of banners flying across prominent locations in regional and metro Western Australia.
Illustration of positive and diverse Aboriginal people. Be Brave. Make Change. National Reconciliation Week 2022.

National Reconciliation Week kicks off in WA

May 27, 2022
The State Government is proud to join this year's National Reconciliation Week, challenging all Western Australians to consider the 2022 theme of 'Be Brave. Make Change'.
Stars of Kid Snow - Billy Howle, Phoebe Tonkin and Tom Bateman

UK actors in Kalgoorlie and Perth for first feature film production since WA border reopened

May 27, 2022
Well-known UK actors have touched down in the Goldfields-Esperance region for the first feature film production in Western Australia since our border reopened, with production of Kid Snow made possible thanks to major investment from the State Government.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

May 24, 2022

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

May 24, 2022
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
Ukrainian flag blowing in the morning light

State Government donates $500,000 to help people of Ukraine

May 23, 2022
The State Government has donated $500,000 to help the people of Ukraine as they deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion.
How to Please a Woman promotional poster showing a woman smiling with a man washing a wall with no shirt

WA feature film ‘How to Please a Woman’ hits cinemas nationally

May 20, 2022
Western Australian writer/director Renée Webster and producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine have premiered their locally produced feature film 'How to Please a Woman' in cinemas across Australia.
Cast of Shipwreck Hunters Australia standing around a round table with a map

WA Documentary series Shipwreck Hunters Australia to premiere on Disney+

May 20, 2022
A documentary series featuring epic shipwreck stories along the Western Australian coastline will premiere on Disney plus in the coming months.
Local street

Differential general rates and minimum payments

May 20, 2022

LG Alert

Western Australia’s local governments are required to advertise their rates from 1 May.
Aerial view of crowd connected by lines

Open by Design principles free webinar

May 18, 2022

LG Alert

The Office of the Information Commissioner is launching a series of new publications about Open by Design principles.
Hand sanitiser and mask

$1.65 million to keep WA’s sport and recreation clubs COVID-safe

May 18, 2022
The State Government has announced $1.65 million in funding for COVID-related cleaning and personal hygiene costs at local community sport and active recreation clubs.
A man and a woman holding framed certificates

Albany Sharks club president wins prestigious volunteer award

May 17, 2022
The Great Southern region has kicked off National Volunteer Week by celebrating two of its finest volunteers for their outstanding commitment to the sporting community.
White text on red background reading, 'National Volunteer Week 2022 Better Together 16-22 May 2022'

National Volunteer Week underway for 2022

May 16, 2022
Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering, National Volunteer Week (16 to 22 May 2022), is underway for 2022.
An artists impression of the Perth Cultural Centre

Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan released

May 15, 2022
The State Government has allocated an additional $15 million in funding to deliver an expanded redevelopment of the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC).
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Rugby World Cup coming to Australia in 2027 and 2029

May 13, 2022
The Rugby World Cup is heading down under in 2027 for the men's and 2029 for the women's tournaments after Australia was awarded hosting rights for the blockbuster global events last night.
Montage of actors from the movie 'Where all the lights tend to go'

US feature film coming to WA for post-production

May 11, 2022
The State Government's commitment to developing Western Australia's screen industry is supporting incredible productions being drawn to WA.
An empty directors chair and a clapper

Screen Industry Strategy to provide 10-year vision for development of WA Screen sector

May 10, 2022
The development of a WA Screen Industry Strategy is getting underway to ensure Western Australia is best placed to grow and develop the film and screen sector over the coming decade.
Yagan Square is lit up at night

Music, markets and mini-museums to bring Yagan Square to life

May 10, 2022
Yagan Square will come alive with activity across autumn and winter, with the launch of an exciting free events program at the precinct in the heart of the city.
Illustration of an animal constellation with the title, 2021 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

WA Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

May 6, 2022
What do a possum, a sorcerer's apprentice, a photographer, a glasshouse and an elephant that wants to be an astronaut have in common? They are all nominated for the Premier's Prize for Writing for Children.
Trails WA website with a search field and the title, find yourself in amazing places. Darkened image of a cyclist on a bush track in the background.

New website puts WA’s world-class trails on the map

May 5, 2022
The State Government has invested in a new website making it possible for anyone to access Western Australia's world-class trails network.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Optus Stadium’s accessible rooftop experiences a first in Australia

May 5, 2022
Following the opening of Optus Stadium's VERTIGO rooftop experience in March, the experience is now open to people of all abilities.
Business owner standing in front of their patisserie with customers using an alfresco area

South Freo patisserie first to receive grant in $5 million COVID-19 Activating Alfresco program

May 4, 2022
The first rebate in the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Activating Alfresco Rebate Program has been made to a local patisserie in South Fremantle.
A crane lifting a restored balcony on His Majesty's Theatre

Uplifting experience for His Majesty's Theatre

Apr 29, 2022
The restoration of His Majesty’s Theatre reached another key stage on Saturday 23 April, with the installation of the first level of the iconic Perth landmark’s balconies to their original state.
Hooper v England Player; Rise for the Rivalry

Tickets on sale for historic Wallabies v England Perth test match

Apr 28, 2022
Tickets for the first game of the Wallabies 2022 eToro England Series are now on sale, with seats for the Perth test match set to be snapped up by rugby fans.
Teague Wyllie of Western Australia poses after receiving his cap during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Victoria at the WACA

State cricket stars shine with the help of the ATSS and RASP

Apr 28, 2022
Teague Wyllie has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the professional ranks of Western Australian cricket with his recent debut for WA, as well as being a part of the historic WA team who recently won the Sheffield Shield.
Pam Glossop

Veteran administrator and Olympian retires

Apr 28, 2022
After 6 years as Club Development Officer at the City of Busselton, Pam Glossop said her farewells and prepared for retirement and a life on the road traveling around Australia.
Photo portrait of Brendan McNally

New Regional Officer for DLGSC South West Office

Apr 28, 2022
Get to know Brendan McNally, who is the new Regional Officer for the South West office in Bunbury
Ella du Preez holding up her trophy

South West Academy of Sport Awards Night 2021-22

Apr 28, 2022
The South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) held yet another successful annual awards dinner in early February in Bunbury.
Bryce Hosannah of Leeds throws the ball in during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Premier League superstars kicking goals for Perth in International Festival of Football blockbuster event

Apr 28, 2022
Four English Premier League clubs will bring their star power to Perth when they make our city their home for a blockbuster weekend of sensational matches before tens of thousands of fans at Optus Stadium in July.
Graphic with text: CenefestOZ Albany Film Festival 28 April to 1 May 2022

Albany audiences take their seats for expanded CinefestOZ

Apr 28, 2022
CinefestOZ Albany will take place from 28 April to 1 May 2022, allowing Great Southern film lovers to experience and celebrate the very best in Australian film.
A close-up photo of audience members

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

Apr 27, 2022
March 2022 results out now.
Close up of a crowd holding their hands up at a music event

Event Grants Program

Apr 27, 2022
The State Government has announced a new $4 million event grants program towards events and activities to revitalise the CBD and Northbridge.
Optus Stadium at sunset

Australian Masters Games kicks off

Apr 22, 2022
The Australian Masters Games will kick off tonight with an opening ceremony at Optus Stadium, signalling the first major national mass participation event to take place in Western Australia since the borders reopened.
Australian flag

Flying of flags: ANZAC Day

Apr 20, 2022

LG Alert

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans.
High angle view of a townscape against sky during sunset

Submissions to the proposed local government reforms

Apr 14, 2022
Submissions to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on proposed local government reforms are now available for viewing.
A computer drawn masterplan

State Government commits additional $5 million to support East Fremantle Oval redevelopment

Apr 14, 2022
The East Fremantle Oval redevelopment will proceed as planned thanks to a further $5 million contribution from the State Government.
Matt Philip of the Wallabies wins a line-out during the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks.

Wallabies set to take on England in spectacular Perth Test Match

Apr 5, 2022
England Rugby will return to Perth for the first time in 12 years to take on the Wallabies at Optus Stadium in another major event announcement today.
Library shelves

Your local public library needs you

Apr 1, 2022
Community members are urged to have their say on the future of public libraries in Western Australia.
A group of people eating at a table outdoors

Activating Alfresco webinar

Mar 30, 2022

LG Alert

This webinar is suitable for local government CEOs, and staff involved in economic development, small business support and place activation roles.
'Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed' at the WA Museum Boola Bardip

Spectacular exhibition redefining video games coming to Perth

Mar 28, 2022
Western Australian audiences are invited to step into the world of video games with an exciting exhibition curated by some of the world's leading game developers.
Australian flag

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Mar 25, 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 30 March 2022
Black and white photograph of Shane Warne holding his hat and bowing on a cricket field

Optus Stadium to broadcast Shane Warne’s memorial service

Mar 22, 2022
Shane Warne's memorial service will be broadcast live at Optus Stadium — with Western Australians invited to pay their respects to the cricket legend at WA's home of sport on Wednesday 30 March 2022.
A group of people eating at a table outdoors

Applications are now open for the Activating Alfresco Rebate Program

Mar 21, 2022
Eligible hospitality businesses can seek a rebate of up to $5000.
Two artists in costume in a field. Paul Foulds and Carl Heslop, The Beauty Index – Ravensthorpe, by Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo by Dene Bingham.

Seven home-grown productions hit the road to tour regional WA

Mar 17, 2022
Seven locally produced shows, including a production of 'Sydney II — Lost and Found' by Theatre 180 Inc, will tour regional Western Australia thanks to a $514,000 State Government funding program.
Internal exhibition space at the Cannery Arts Centre in Esperance

Regional galleries welcome upgrades to support touring visual arts

Mar 15, 2022
11 regional art galleries from Beverley to Port Hedland have been awarded $346,000 through the second round of the State Government's Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
Midsection of guitarist performing at a music concert

Getting the show back on the road for rescheduled events

Mar 15, 2022
Western Australians can look forward to a series of rescheduled events thanks to the expansion of a popular State Government initiative.
Female basketball players and coach huddling together in circle. Image credit: Joos Mind, Getty Images

New funding program to build capacity of State Sporting Associations

Mar 14, 2022
State sporting associations (SSAs) will have access to a new program that provides more pathways for coaches and officials to pursue development opportunities, thanks to the State Government.
Empty seats at Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia

Architect named for Perth Concert Hall redevelopment

Mar 10, 2022
WITH Architecture Studio and OMA have been appointed as lead architects for the redevelopment of Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall.
A card with logos and text reading, 'Goldfields Banned Drinkers Register now in effect. No ID, no purchase.'

Goldfields Banned Drinkers Register trial officially starts

Mar 9, 2022
The Goldfields Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) trial is now in full effect, meaning all customers require approved photo identification to buy takeaway alcohol.
Two people hiking in the Kalbarri National Park

State Government shines light on outdoor recreation

Mar 8, 2022
The State Government is investing $400,000 to encourage more Western Australians to get active outdoors.
State Cultural Treasures Awards 2022

Prestigious WA arts and culture award calls for public nominations

Mar 8, 2022
The State Government is proud to bestow the State Cultural Treasures Awards (formerly State Living Treasures) in 2022.
Blurred image of cyclers in a street race

WA regions score with grants to grow sport

Mar 4, 2022
Regional Western Australians will get more opportunities to participate in sport thanks to the State Government's latest round of Regional Servicing Grants worth $870,000.
Maylands streetscape at dusk

Spotlight on: City of Bayswater

Mar 3, 2022
Outgoing City of Bayswater CEO Andrew Brien speaks to Local Matters about the City, its achievements and the future.
City of Subiaco CEO Colin Cameron

Spotlight on: City of Subiaco

Mar 3, 2022
City of Subiaco CEO Colin Cameron talks about the City and his career so far.
People dining alfresco

Activating Alfresco Rebate Program

Mar 3, 2022
The Activating Alfresco Rebate Program will open shortly.
Artist impression of the State Football Centre showing players in the foreground and the building in the background

Main works contract awarded for State Football Centre project

Mar 3, 2022
The main works contract for the new State Football Centre in Queens Park has been awarded to Broad Construction, with works scheduled to begin this month.
Montage of Tokyo Paralympian dual gold medallist Madison de Rozario OAM with Christina Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association

WA’s top sports stars shine under Optus Stadium lights

Feb 28, 2022
The State's most outstanding sports stars were recognised at the prestigious SportWest Awards ceremony held at Optus Stadium recently.
A group of people, including kids, holding shovels in an empty patch of dirt

Work begins on $5.9 million youth hub for Ellenbrook kids

Feb 25, 2022
A sod turning today has marked the start of construction on a $5.9 million purpose-built youth centre to support young people in Ellenbrook.
Low angle view of illuminated disco ball at night

Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package

Feb 24, 2022
The State Government has announced almost $67 million for a new COVID-19 Business Assistance Package for businesses adversely affected by increasing cases and the necessary implementation of Level 1 public health and social measures.
A parent and child riding their bikes

It’s your last chance to have your say about local government reform

Feb 24, 2022
Local governments have until this Friday (25 February) to take part in a consultation which will help inform how proposed reforms to local government are implemented.
A box of wine bottles

New regulations to tighten alcohol home deliveries

Feb 22, 2022
The State Government has introduced new regulations to strengthen requirements around the home delivery of liquor to help minimise alcohol-related harm.
Flood lights on an oval

Grants light up the sporting night

Feb 21, 2022
More people will be able to play sport well into the night thanks to the latest round of funding in the Club Night Lights Program (CNLP).
Illustration with animals and the words, Play, Watch, Play.

Literacy boost for Western Australia

Feb 17, 2022
Public libraries and community organisations throughout Western Australia are invited to apply for grants to deliver new early literacy programs from a total funding pool worth $200,000.
Two female dancers performing in traditional clothing

$700,000 to improve social inclusion and access to arts and culture in regional communities

Feb 17, 2022
Nine regional arts and cultural organisations have been funded by the Community Participation and Inclusion Program, which is part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
A woman in front of her computer

Holding meetings electronically

Feb 16, 2022

LG Alert

Several local governments have contacted the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries about the requirement to hold Electors’ general meetings and Special electors’ meetings (Electors' meetings) and if they can be held electronically.
A speaker addressing workshop participants

Four regional shires funded to develop or implement creative and cultural plans

Feb 16, 2022
The Shires of Pingelly, Harvey, Augusta-Margaret River and Morawa have each been awarded between $25,000 and $50,000 as part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
Smoking ceremony

Eight regional festivals to bring together communities across the State

Feb 16, 2022
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund offers up to $50,000 for the presentation of arts and cultural activities at regional festivals.
A group of children interacting with a puppet show

Arts program renews and strengthens local community connection

Feb 15, 2022
10 regional and 3 metro artist-in-residence projects will receive grants through the State Government's $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
A tennis court and ball

Funding supports community by helping sport

Feb 11, 2022
21 projects have received funding in the latest round of grants from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

Feb 9, 2022

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Two girls with headphones looking out of a blanket fort

Circus performers, visual artists, actors and filmmakers to shine thanks to State Government grants program

Feb 9, 2022
A diverse array of artists, performers and creators have received grants worth up to $60,000 as part of the State Government's Arts 15k-plus initiative.
Midsection of guitarist performing at a music concert

State Government’s Contemporary Music Fund instrumental in artist success

Feb 9, 2022
The State Government's Contemporary Music Fund (CMF) will support the production of debut EPs, an album and a series of live performances during 2022.
An aerial photo taken of the Western Australian town of Newman at sunrise

Funding ensures more sport and recreation opportunities for Newman youth

Feb 2, 2022
The State Government has provided funding to YMCA WA for the delivery of a new school holiday and out of school hours program in Newman.
Illustration of the three types of FOGO bins

Local governments encouraged to apply for grants to transition to three-bin FOGO service

Feb 1, 2022
Expressions of interest are now open for local governments to access part of the $20 million Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO Program.
A football laying on grass

Elite-level football matches scheduled for Northampton

Feb 1, 2022
Mid West football fans are in for a treat, with WAFL and WAFLW teams holding their 30 April fixtures at the Northampton Football Club.
Australian flag

Flying of flags for Australia Day

Jan 24, 2022

LG Alert

Wednesday 26 January 2022
A cricket match in play at Optus Stadium at sunset

Perth’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup fixtures announced

Jan 21, 2022
Six of the top eight men's T20 teams — including Australia, England, India and South Africa — will do battle for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Perth in October.
HBF Stadium view from the front

New facility to spring WA’s divers onto the world stage

Jan 19, 2022
The State Government has started building a new dryland dive centre at HBF Stadium that will help athletes hone their craft to give them the best chance at Commonwealth and Olympic success.
Low angle view of illuminated disco ball at night

Applications now open for small business assistance

Jan 19, 2022
Applications for financial support are now open for specific businesses directly impacted by the necessary public health measures in Perth and Peel from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.
Local Government Act changes

Industrial relations reform for local governments

Jan 13, 2022

LG Alert

The Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by the WA Parliament on 16 December 2021.
A lady and a gentleman dancing on a dance floor.

Project means more people ‘Candance’

Jan 13, 2022
The Candance Dance Studio Bunbury is providing opportunities in DanceSport for people with special needs through the ‘Shall we Dance Sport’ project.
Two ladies smiling at the camera.

South Mandurah club supporting tennis for all

Jan 13, 2022
The South Mandurah Tennis Club recently worked with local disability services providers and education support schools to set up the Tennis For All program.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2021

Dec 17, 2021
Issued under the Liquor Control Act 1988 sections 31 (4) and (7) and 60 by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
A group of older children

Volunteers make the world go round

Dec 16, 2021
Talking about the huge value of sport and recreation volunteers may well be preaching to the choir but it never hurts to make just a little bit more noise about them.
A montage of people with Nic Naitannui on Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Footy heads to the islands

Dec 16, 2021
The local community newsletter said it all: The Eagles have landed.
A group of athletes standing together

KidSport turns 10 and changes lives

Dec 16, 2021
KidSport has had a huge impact on kids all over WA. Since 2011, more than 245,000 vouchers have supported more than 100,000 children to participate in club sport and swimming lessons.
Aerial photo of the Spinnaker precinct

Special new memories for those at Ern Halliday camp

Dec 16, 2021
Going on camp holds so many special memories — and now there’s another reason for those memories to be great.
Close up of glasses of beer

Goldfields third WA region to trial Banned Drinkers Register

Dec 16, 2021
The State Government's Banned Drinkers Register will begin rolling out across the northern Goldfields this week, following trials in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions.
A group of puppies

Landmark Stop Puppy Farming legislation passes WA Parliament

Dec 16, 2021
New laws to crack down on the cruel practice of puppy farming in Western Australia have passed State Parliament.
Close up image of 6 bottle of beer with caps on, in a cardboard carry box

Availability of packaged liquor in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions

Dec 16, 2021
Consultation period for sale of packaged liquor extended.
Aerial view of the ocean, beach and red rock

WA Museum Boola Bardip launches a sizzling holiday season... and a massive 2022!

Dec 14, 2021
Roaming with gigantic dinosaurs, journeying down a rabbit hole to Wonderland and travelling beyond the Milky Way will be some of the extraordinary experiences on offer at Western Australian Museum Boola Bardip in 2022.
Artists impression of the upgraded WACA Ground

Howzat! WACA upgrades underway with demolition of Inverarity Stand

Dec 10, 2021
Work is well underway on the WACA Ground Improvement Project, with the iconic Inverarity Stand demolished to make way for the future aquatic centre.
Two portraits of newly elected mayors

Historic First for Cities of Rockingham and Bayswater

Dec 6, 2021
Following this year’s local government elections, two cities will be led by women for the first time. Mayor Deb Hamblin of Rockingham and Mayor, Crs Filomena Piffaretti of Bayswater have made history as the first females to don the mayoral chains and to lead their respective cities.
Aerial view of Halls Creek

Shire of Halls Creek tackles unemployment

Dec 6, 2021
Faced with adult unemployment rates of up to 40 per cent in an environment in which unemployment contributes to social degradation, the Shire of Halls Creek was grappling with a crisis of epic proportions.
Staff at a conference stall with signage

2021 WA Local Government Convention

Dec 6, 2021
The 2021 WA Local Government Convention took place between 19 September to 21 September at Crown Perth. The DLGSC was thrilled to sponsor and take part in all the excitement.
Portrait of Julie Burton

Spotlight on: CEO Julie Burton, Shire of Boddington

Dec 6, 2021
Julie has just started as the Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Boddington and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Pingelly. She has more than 15 years’ experience in local government.
Artist Impression showing a building with landscaping

Food Innovation front of mind for Shire of Murray

Dec 6, 2021
The Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct, being delivered by the Shire of Murray, will be the first of its kind in Western Australia and will play an important role in the State’s industry diversification strategy by placing a focus on Agri-Tech and new product development.
A group of people in front of a banner holding an award

Shire of Bruce Rock wins big at WA Community Achievement Awards

Dec 6, 2021
The Shire of Bruce Rock was this year’s winner of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award at the WA Community Achievement Awards.
Children doing crafts

$30,000 available for artist-in-residence local government projects

Dec 6, 2021
The $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program is available for artist-in-residence projects. Projects must engage communities and are delivered with a local government, school or not-for-profit community organisations.
Boost your leadership credentials promotional mage with business people at a table

Study a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management

Dec 6, 2021
In partnership with Edith Cowan University, Local Government Professionals WA is excited to announce the launch of a new postgraduate qualification program.
Football players celebrating after a win at a World Cup match

Perth to host five FIFA Women's World Cup games in 2023

Dec 2, 2021
Perth will host five 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup games as part of one of the biggest series of football matches Western Australia has ever seen.
Teenagers at tennis clinic

Small grants a big factor in creating healthy, happy communities

Dec 1, 2021
The State Government has awarded nearly $900,000 to more than 20 local governments and community organisations to improve sport and recreation facilities.
Perth Festival 11 February to 6 March 2022

Lotterywest’s $7.7 million wave of support for Perth Festival

Nov 23, 2021
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has set the stage for the 2022 Perth Festival, with significant funding for free community events and core program costs.
Front view of young woman mountain biking in forest

Wellington National Park expanded as Collie trails network grows

Nov 22, 2021
Collie's transformation into a recreation and adventure tourism hub continues, with Wellington National Park expanded by over 7000 hectares and the completion of the first 15km stage of the region's new mountain bike trails network.
Artist impression of the AGWA Rooftop at night

Global call for new $2 million artwork installation

Nov 22, 2021
A new landmark artwork will be commissioned for the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) as part of the State Government's continued commitment to revitalising the Perth Cultural Centre.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

WA Museum Boola Bardip celebrates first birthday and 700,000 visitors

Nov 22, 2021
WA Museum Boola Bardip welcomed its 700,000th visitor this weekend, one year on since opening.
A group of athletes holding balloons for the KidSport 10 year anniversary

10 years of helping kids connect with community through Kidsport

Nov 18, 2021
The State Government’s popular KidSport program celebrated 10 years of helping families connect with their community through sport at a special event held in Leederville today.
A group of puppies

The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 has passed through Parliament

Nov 18, 2021

LG Alert

This means changes to the Dog Act 1976 to better regulate the breeding of dogs in Western Australia.
Three people standing in front of a plaque for the opening of the Spinnaker precinct at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.

Historic camp re-opens following $3.7 million refurbishment

Nov 17, 2021
The State Government has delivered its $3.7 million WA Recovery Plan revitalisation project of the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Perth's northern suburbs.
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Council Member Essentials Training

Nov 16, 2021

LG Alert

Following the 2021 Ordinary Elections, local governments are reminded that under the Local Government Act 1995, council members must complete the Council Member Essentials (CME) training course.
Local Government Portfolio plan on a page

Plan on a Page to the local government sector

Nov 16, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has launched its Plan on a Page to the local government sector.
WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Tourism operators celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

Nov 15, 2021
Tourism business founder Troy Thomas was posthumously awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Tourism at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last night.
A woman holding a social media frame in front of the Woodside Pleasure Garden

It’s show time: bigger and better FRINGE returns to WA

Nov 10, 2021
The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever, with the State Government providing a significant funding boost.
Bibbulmun Track with guide sign, Beedelup National Park, Western Australia

Lotterywest grant funds new tech for Bibbulmun Track

Nov 10, 2021
Hikers and volunteers who use the Bibbulmun Track will soon benefit from new online resources to help make their journey easier.
Prevelly Beach Margaret River estuary

Surf’s Up! Lotterywest funds for Margaret River Surf Life Saving Development Centre

Nov 10, 2021
The next generation of surf life savers will benefit from a wave of funds for the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre in Margaret River.
Image of trees and fields

Local government reforms announced

Nov 10, 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
Tamsin Cook swimming  the Women's 800m Freestyle heat on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Four WA athletes to benefit from VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program

Nov 10, 2021
Four of the State's high performing athletes have been selected for the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program which is now in its fourth year.
Australian flag

Remembrance Day

Nov 9, 2021

LG Alert

Flags at half mast and observance of 1 minute of silence on Thursday 11 November 2021.
Image of trees and fields

Local government reforms announced

Nov 9, 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week showing an illustration of a man and a dog

Spot the signs and show gambling who’s boss

Nov 8, 2021
As Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) kicks off today, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is encouraging Western Australians to recognise the warning signs before gambling becomes a problem.
A group of people with the ocean behind them

A look back at the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021

Nov 4, 2021
A record number of people gathered in Albany for the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
Artist impression of the rooftop venue with the city skyline

New Art Gallery of WA rooftop venue set to open with stunning views

Nov 4, 2021
The State Government's $10 million project to transform the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) rooftop is complete, with the 500-capacity multipurpose arts space and bar now Perth's biggest rooftop venue.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

New members appointed to VenuesWest board

Nov 2, 2021
The VenuesWest board, which oversees Western Australia's best sport and entertainment venues, has welcomed two new members.
Exterior view of the changerooms

New gender neutral changerooms level playing field for women’s sport in Exmouth

Nov 1, 2021
The Exmouth Recreation Centre's new gender-neutral changerooms were officially opened today, with Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti in town to mark the occasion.
Aboriginal Australian Teenager walking through her city streets, with her mother, posing. Image:  Belinda Howell/Getty Images

My Place in WA

Oct 28, 2021
The Commissioner for Children and Young People has sent information to local governments, encouraging them to involve children and young people in decision making.
Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Oct 26, 2021
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.
Scenic view of lake against sky, Lake Leschenaultia, Chidlow, Western Australia

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 2022

Oct 22, 2021

LG Alert

Alternative dates
United Nations flag with the sky in the background.

United Nations Day

Oct 19, 2021

LG Alert

Flying of flags
Stock image of a basketball on a court. Getty Images.

Geraldton Basketball Stadium election commitment in the basket

Oct 18, 2021
A $4.5 million upgrade to Geraldton Basketball Stadium is getting underway following the delivery of a State Government election commitment towards the project.
A group of people walking together along a path

Adventurous minds convene to plan the future of WA’s trails

Oct 14, 2021
Western Australia's biggest-ever trails forum is being held in Albany today to discuss how the state can harness the economic potential of some of our fastest growing pastimes — hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
Female footballer holding a footbal

Country football kicks goals for mental health

Oct 13, 2021
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.
#WeWearAustralian campaign with black and white montage of fashion photos

Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

Oct 13, 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
Three junior netballers holding a netbal

Child Safeguarding Checklist

Oct 12, 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
Montage of people participating in rugby league on Cocos Island

Indian Ocean adventures with rugby league

Oct 11, 2021
Rugby league is one of the most popular sports across the islands of the Indian Ocean Territories thanks to a recent visit from the NRL.
Volunteer trail carers helping to upgrade a trail

Help care for trails

Oct 11, 2021
Do you enjoy walking or cycling on the trails of the Great Southern? Are you interested in meeting new people and spending time outdoors for a good cause?
Karijini National Park 1 Credit Tourism WA

Hiking participation grants now open

Oct 11, 2021
Have a great trails project you’d like to bring to life? Applications for the WA Hiking Participation Grants program are now open.
WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
Three people in a canoe

Heaps of fun at Camp Quaranup

Oct 11, 2021
The much-loved Camp Quaranup Community Open Day happens on Saturday 16 October.
Illustration of a group of people with the Be a vocal local branding

Make your vote count by being a vocal local

Oct 8, 2021
With just a week to go until Western Australian local governments hold ordinary elections across the State, Western Australians are being reminded to make their vote count by being a ‘vocal local’.
Jessica Fox of Team Australia competes during the Women's Canoe Slalom Semi-final

New Swan River canoe slalom course opens

Oct 4, 2021
A new flat water slalom course on the Swan River has officially opened today — just months after Jessica Fox won Australia's first Olympic gold medal in the canoe slalom event.
Jeremy Hayward of the Kookaburras in action during the FIH Pro League

Perth proves pitch-perfect with five major hockey events secured

Sep 29, 2021
Some of the world's best men's and women's hockey players will be among thousands of visitors to Western Australia for a series of high-profile hockey events from 2022 to 2025.
Karijini National Park 1 Credit Tourism WA

WA Hiking Participation Grants open for applications

Sep 28, 2021
Community organisations or local governments can now apply for funding for programs that boost participation in hiking and trail running.
Football close up

Kimberley footy set to reach new heights with $5 million boost

Sep 28, 2021
The State Government is teaming up with the AFL to deliver a $5 million boost to one of football's most skilled, passionate, and remote talent pools — the Kimberley.

Local governments lace up

Sep 24, 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
Giant AFL Sherrin football banner displayed on Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup mega-footy a sign of Perth's Grand Final fever

Sep 23, 2021
Perth's AFL Grand Final fever has hit new heights with a giant Sherrin footy banner measuring approximately 12m high and 6.5m wide hanging over the Swan River from Perth's Matagarup Bridge.
DLGSC Director General Lanie Chopping with a copy of To Dwell in Unity

To Dwell in Unity

Sep 22, 2021
To Dwell in Unity, a history of the first 150 years of local government, has been launched at this year’s Local Government Convention and Trade Exhibition.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

Sep 18, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
Cruising the dirt roads on the Dampier Peninsula near Cape Leveque in northern Western Australia.

State Government moves to stamp out sly grogging in the Kimberley

Sep 16, 2021
WA Police will have the discretion to seize and dispose of illegal alcohol on the spot under new regulations to stamp out sly grogging in regional and remote communities.
Australian flag

Flying of flags for Australian Citizenship Day

Sep 16, 2021

LG Alert

Day of National Celebration, Friday 17 September 2021
Illustration of a group of people with the Be a vocal local branding

Be a Vocal Local – get out and vote!

Sep 15, 2021
There is just one month to go until local government ordinary elections take place across Western Australia.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Just the ticket — tough new laws to stamp out scalping

Sep 8, 2021
Ticket scalping will be illegal in Western Australia after legislation introduced by the State Government passed Parliament, delivering on an election commitment.
York Street the main commercial street of Albany with the Town Hall in the background.

Model Financial Statements for local governments

Sep 7, 2021
DLGSC has started work on a set of Model Financial Statements for WA’s local governments.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

New laws pave the way for screen production facility management

Sep 3, 2021
New laws to create a statutory authority capable of managing all arts and cultural assets in Western Australia have passed the State Parliament.
Image of the MyCouncil website on a laptop

MyCouncil website updated

Sep 1, 2021
Western Australian ratepayers and residents now have access to the most up to date information on how their councils are performing individually and against others.
Montage of photos from local government information sessions

DLGSC on the road

Aug 27, 2021
The 16 October local government ordinary elections are just seven weeks away, so the DLGSC local government team has been out delivering information sessions to local people interested in standing for council.
WA Premier's Book Awards 2020 Winners Announced

Premier’s Book Award winners announced

Aug 26, 2021
Western Australian writer, activist and political analyst Sisonke Msimang, who is known for her works on race, gender and democracy, was last night awarded the $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship as part of the Premier's Book Awards.
Be a Vocal Local and stand for council

One week until nominations for local government elections open

Aug 26, 2021
With nominations for the upcoming local government elections opening in one week, community members are encouraged to start thinking about standing for their council.

Financial Statements and Asset Revaluations for 2020-21

Aug 25, 2021

LG Alert

The transitional period for the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to take over local government financial statement audits has finished, and all future audits will be undertaken by OAG.
A group of 3 people sitting at a desk after presenting a webinar

Minister's webinar

Aug 25, 2021
About 100 delegates from the local government sector took part in a webinar held by Local Government Minister John Carey earlier this month.
A tennis court and ball

CSRFF funds tennis infrastructure

Aug 25, 2021
DLGSC has contributed more than $294,000 to tennis infrastructure projects through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) in the 2021-22 small grants funding round.
A group of men in a pub, one holding up a smartphone displaying an app

Shire support for Banned Drinkers Register

Aug 25, 2021
The Shire of Broome has supported the launch of two-year alcohol restrictions, in place in Broome and Derby.
Masterplan

Robinson Reserve upgrade

Aug 25, 2021
The redevelopment of Robinson Reserve in the City of Stirling is transforming the local community.
Moore River and Guilderton

Spotlight on Shire of Gingin

Aug 25, 2021
The Shire of Gingin is a peri-urban council that is located 80km from the heart of Perth and directly north of Wanneroo. The shire’s CEO Aaron Cook gives an overview of the local government area and the plans for the future.
High angle view of diary and pen on a computer keyboard

Governance update

Aug 25, 2021
A reminder of key dates for local governments.
Back and white portrait of Liz Ledger

Liz Ledger, Town of Claremont

Aug 25, 2021
CEO Spotlight
A family selfie

Councillor Karimi: standing for council

Aug 25, 2021
Councillor Jesvin Karimi is half-way through her first term as an elected member at the Town of Victoria Park. Here she talks about her experience of running for council.
Shaun Norris of Australia is challenged by Abdi Dini and David Eng of Canada during the gold medal wheelchair basketball match between Australia and Canada

WA athletes ready to compete at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Aug 23, 2021
Western Australia will equal its highest representation on the Australian Paralympic Team with 24 athletes competing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, starting tomorrow (24 August).
Swanbourne Nedlands SLS

Lotterywest revamp for booming Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club

Aug 20, 2021
Facilities at Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club will be upgraded following a beach boom that has seen membership numbers soar.
Get out and Vote with illustration of  a group of people

Get Out and Vote in the Local Government Elections

Aug 20, 2021
Local government elections are happening across the State on Saturday 16 October 2021, and it’s your opportunity to have a direct say about what goes on in your local community.
A general exterior view of the WA Museum Boola Bardip

New board members appointed to Western Australian Museum

Aug 20, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has welcomed the appointment of Melissa Parke as the new Chair of the WA Museum Board of Trustees.
People pose during the ground redevelopment sod-turning ceremony at the WACA on August 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia.

Perth City Deal’s WACA upgrade underway

Aug 20, 2021
Work has begun on the long-awaited upgrades to the iconic Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.
New laws to stop puppy farming in WA. Image of a group of puppies.

Stop Puppy Farming laws pass lower house

Aug 19, 2021
Laws to end puppy farming in Western Australia have today passed the State Parliament's lower house.
Artist impression of the State Football Centre showing players in the foreground and the building in the background

Kicking goals as construction begins on $32.5 million State Football Centre

Aug 18, 2021
​Works have kicked off on Western Australia's $32.5 million State Football Centre, marking a major milestone for the thriving local football community.
HBF Park high perspective view

Major boost to Perth Rectangular Stadium  ahead of 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Aug 18, 2021
The State Government is investing $35 million to upgrade some of the ageing facilities at HBF Park ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted in Australia and New Zealand.
Albany Artist and Creative Grid Mentee Chelsea Hopkins-Allan painting a larger than life Helena Gum Moth.

Grants programs promoting the arts in regional WA

Aug 17, 2021

LG Alert

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning program closing soon.
Kurt Vile, Perth Festival 2017. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

$766,966 in grants boost vast range of WA culture and arts projects

Aug 16, 2021
Research and development of a new WA festival celebrating women and girls as a driver of gender equality is among 17 initiatives to receive funding from the State Government’s latest round of arts and culture grants.
Wheelchair basketball close up

Club Corner — Every Club update from the Peel and South West region

Aug 12, 2021
Local governments across the Peel and South West regions have received funding through the Every Club Grant Scheme to support local club development programs.
A group of women talking and holding mountain bikes

Linga Longa Mountain Bike Club creating a legacy

Aug 12, 2021
The Linga Longa Mountain Bike Club received Active Regional Communities funding to support their club members and leaders to become accredited coaches in mountain biking.
A group of people holding a banner

Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club making bowls a game for all

Aug 12, 2021
The Targeted Participation Program is continuing to provide funding for organisations to promote participation and active engagement of communities in sport and active recreation.
Participants in the Volunteer Think Tank held in Mandurah seated at desks

A look into volunteering

Aug 12, 2021
A series of free club networking opportunities and volunteer think tanks challenged clubs’ thinking and approach to volunteering.
A hockey field a night illuminated by lights

Funding helps hockey to see the light

Aug 12, 2021
The Busselton Hockey Association recently completed their lighting upgrade thanks to the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.
Staff member using office equipment

Local government annual returns

Aug 11, 2021

LG Alert

Local Government Operational Guidelines
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

Two adrenaline-filled South West sporting events extended to 2023

Aug 6, 2021
Two popular South West sporting events have each secured three-year State Government funding through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program.
Getting the Show Back on the Road+ Grant Program tile with a sign reading, 'purchase admission tickets here'

Broadened program supports more live ticketed events in WA

Aug 6, 2021
The State Government's successful risk-share program for the live performance industry has now reopened and includes a wider range of ticketed events.
Perth 2023 Australia World Transplant Games

Let the games begin!

Aug 5, 2021
World Transplant Games to kick off in Perth 2023.
Aerial view of Optus Stadium

Construction starts on Optus Stadium’s new rooftop viewing platform

Aug 3, 2021
Construction has now started on the latest attraction at Optus Stadium — a new 42-metre-high viewing platform that allows fans to walk several metres beyond the edge of the stadium roof.
Be a Vocal Local and stand for council

Local government elections coming up

Aug 3, 2021

LG Alert

There is just a month to go until nominations for this year’s local government elections open.
WA State Parliament

Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021

Aug 3, 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (Elections) Amendment Regulations 2021, come into effect on 2 August 2021.
A man dribbling a basketball on a boardwalk in Perth

The masters have it aced

Jul 30, 2021
Weekend sports warriors will descend on Perth as part of the 2021 Australian Masters Games.
Female basketball players and coach huddling together in circle. Image credit: Joos Mind, Getty Images

Getting support after a critical incident

Jul 30, 2021
When tragedy or trauma strikes a sporting community, it can be helpful — or even vital — to be able to access pastoral care support.
Nina Kennedy and Natalie Burton pose with students during the Olympics Unleashed Western Australia

Unleash your inner Olympian

Jul 30, 2021
Primary school children are being encouraged to let out their inner hero as part of the Olympics Unleashed program.
Matt Fulton speaking to an audience

New face of WA sport

Jul 30, 2021
If you haven’t met him yet, there’s a new face of sport in WA.
Roll up for WA

Vaccine rollout for sport and recreation

Jul 30, 2021
It’s been a busy few months in the COVID-19 vaccine space. To get the latest news on the national rollout, keep visiting WA.gov.au.
Computer generated artist impression of East Fremantle Oval

Commitment delivered to upgrade tired East Fremantle Oval

Jul 26, 2021
The State Government is providing $20 million towards the redevelopment of East Fremantle Oval's ageing sporting precinct.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grants program supporting connection to Country

Jul 23, 2021
Up to $25,000 for projects that strengthen intergenerational links.
Two Indian female dancers dressed in traditional costumes dancing on the bank of a river.

Grants programs supporting regional culture and arts

Jul 19, 2021
The State Government will open three culture and arts grants programs on July 27, 2021 as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), providing a funding boost to regional Western Australia's vibrant culture and arts sector.
Australian outback bush fires

Local governments share record $7.5 million to reduce bushfire risk

Jul 19, 2021
A record $7.5 million has been provided to local governments across Western Australia to help reduce bushfire risks in their communities this summer.
A group of players and their coach in a team huddle.

Funding supports sustainable, resilient clubs

Jul 14, 2021
$232,000 awarded in 2021-22 round of Every Club grant scheme. Funding supports sport and recreation clubs to build their organisational capacity and capability of governance, planning and management practices
Lawn bowls with a close up photo of the bowl and jack, photographed close up low profile shot showing the green grass bowling surface in the background.

Small grants a big win for Western Australians

Jul 13, 2021
24 local governments and sporting organisations have shared almost $1 million under the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants.
Matt Wearn,  image courtesy of Western Australian Institute of Sport

51 of WA’s best athletes to represent Australia at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Jul 12, 2021
Western Australia will have its second highest representation on the Australian Olympic Team, with 51 athletes competing at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
A nurse holding up her sleeve showing she has been vaccinated

Local Government COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions

Jul 8, 2021

LG Alert

DLGSC, with the Department of Health, is holding two exclusive information sessions for local government staff and elected members in Western Australia.
Illustration of people with the message: Be a vocal local

Countdown is on with 100 days until local government elections

Jul 8, 2021
With just 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, community members are being asked to be a 'Vocal Local' by nominating for election to their local council.
Close up of female cricketer wearing gloves and pads

Grants creating innovative programs to increase physical activity

Jul 8, 2021
The State Government has funded 10 organisations $843,186 for innovative ideas to increase participation in physical activity.
Runners together in a group with motion blur

Three-year funding arrangement secured for regional athlete development

Jul 7, 2021
The State Government will continue to support the Regional Athlete Support Program (RASP), with $3 million of funding delivered over three years through Royalties for Regions.
An artist in his studio

Four regional artists receive sought-after fellowships

Jul 5, 2021
Each receive $50,000 over two years from the Regional Artist Fellowship program.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Tickets on sale for historic Ashes Test at Perth Stadium

Jul 5, 2021
Cricket fans can secure their seat to witness cricket history, with tickets to go on sale today for the first Ashes Test to be played at Perth Stadium.
Perth and Peel transition out of lockdown: interim restrictions apply

End of lockdown for Perth and Peel from 12:01am, Saturday 3 July

Jul 2, 2021
Interim restrictions are in effect until 12.01am, Tuesday 6 July.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags for NAIDOC Week 4 to 11 July 2021

Jul 2, 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for Indigenous Australians.
Workers at a casino

Improving occupational recognition across the nation

Jul 2, 2021
A new national Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) of Occupational Registration scheme will be in place for a limited number of occupations in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July, 2021.
A game of hockey in the Wheatelt

Wheatbelt winter sports work together

Jul 1, 2021
Hockey, football and netball clubs and associations in the eastern Wheatbelt have been working together this year, to trial three feature rounds where all three winter sports are played on the same day, at the same venue.
WAM logo

West Australian Music appoints new CEO

Jun 30, 2021
The announcement of a new CEO at West Australian Music and an extension to the Contemporary Music Fund heralds an exciting new era for WA's vibrant contemporary music scene.
Lockdown: Perth and Peel

Lockdown: Perth and Peel

Jun 29, 2021
Perth and Peel has entered a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July 2021.
A stage setup for live performance.

New program to get the show back on the road

Jun 29, 2021
A new shared risk program to reactivate live performances and touring activity is opening soon, creating more opportunities for employment and venue activation in the arts industry, building on recent announcements about increased capacity limits for arts venues.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Arts and Culture Trust Bill reintroduced

Jun 24, 2021
The Arts and Culture Trust Bill has been reintroduced to State Parliament.
Fabian Coulthard drives the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during race 1 for the Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia

Supercars tickets a licence to thrill motorsport fans

Jun 23, 2021
All the thrills and spills of Perth's Supercars Championship night round is a step closer for fans, with tickets on sale from 10am today AWST, through Ticketek, to the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight at Wanneroo Raceway.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

Jun 22, 2021
The successful Getting the Show back on the Road risk-share program has been expanded.
Gravestones on a grassy field

Department undertaking Cemeteries and Cremation Acts Review

Jun 21, 2021
The department is seeking the views and expertise of local governments with cemetery responsibilities to find out more about their experience of cemetery management.
3D architectural model study of a town

Planning changes to reduce red tape

Jun 21, 2021
Opinion from the local government sector is being sought on reform to support changes in the planning system.
Joondalup CEO James Pearson in front of a car park

Spotlight on City of Joondalup with CEO James Pearson

Jun 21, 2021
James Pearson has taken the helm as CEO of the City of Joondalup at an interesting time.
A photo of Andrea Selvey

Spotlight on: CEO Andrea Selvey, Shire of Carnarvon

Jun 21, 2021
Andrea Selvey is the CEO of the Shire of Carnarvon, situated about 904km north of Perth on the west coast.
Australian outback bush fires

Regional local governments invited to take action on climate change

Jun 21, 2021
Regional local governments are being invited to submit a proposal to join forces with neighbouring governments to address the effects of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

What’s in a name?

Jun 21, 2021
In the 150th year of WA local government, Dr Christopher Berry talks about local government names and where they originate.
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Recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

Jun 18, 2021
Now in its second year, INSPIRE offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.
Constellation of a numbat

2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

Jun 17, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
Softball player hits softball while batting

State Sporting Associations winners in latest funding round

Jun 16, 2021
Today, 17 Western Australian State Sporting Associations (SSAs) have been given a major boost, as successful applicants for round two of the 2021 Sport Development Fund.
A close up photo of a cinema projector

Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

Jun 14, 2021
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.
A dance performer on stage

WA dance company recognised on national stage

Jun 11, 2021
WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

WA Museum Boola Bardip wins three major national industry awards

Jun 10, 2021
Western Australia's stunning new public museum, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, has been awarded three prestigious MAGNAs (Museums and Galleries National Awards) at the sector's annual awards event in Canberra last night.
The Bledisloe Cup in focus with the Wallabies lined up behind it at Optus Stadium

Tickets on sale for Perth’s Bledisloe Cup blockbuster

Jun 9, 2021
Rugby union fans around Australia and New Zealand can snap up tickets from 10am today (AWST) to Perth's Bledisloe Cup Test on August 21 at Optus Stadium.
Roll up for WA banner graphics and images of people who have had a vaccine

Roll up for WA posters

Jun 9, 2021

LG Alert

Anyone over the age of 30, and all Aboriginal people over the age of 16, in Western Australia are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

Stop Puppy Farming Bill reintroduced

Jun 4, 2021
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been reintroduced into Parliament.
Interior of an art gallery with displays of art pieces.

Funding available for upgrades to regional galleries

Jun 3, 2021
Public galleries in regional Western Australia can apply for funding from $2500 to $50,000 for minor or major scale upgrades and support through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
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Accounting for Cash in Lieu of Open Space

Jun 3, 2021

LG Alert

Amendments to section 154 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PDA) changed the accounting treatment for cash in lieu of open space contributions received on or after 12 September 2020.
Shot of performers on stage with lights in the background

Shows on the Go program to continue bringing theatre to regional audiences

Jun 2, 2021
The successful Shows on the Go program will continue into 2023 thanks to an $860,000 funding commitment over two years from the State Government.
A bush track

Hiking grants a gateway to experience WA’s great outdoors

Jun 2, 2021
More than $168,000 will be shared among 15 local governments and community organisations in a new grants program to increase participation in, and develop, the State's hiking industry.
WA State Parliament

Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021

Jun 1, 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021 (the Order), comes into effect on 2 June 2021, providing ongoing assistance to WA ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-22 financial year.
Reconciliation banners on St Georges Terrace, Perth

Street banners celebrate National Reconciliation Week

Jun 1, 2021
Organisations from across Western Australia are showing their commitment to and support for reconciliation by sponsoring a banner through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.
Local government councillors

Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.
Centennial Park Precinct in Albany

Community scores in latest round of sport and recreation grants

Jun 1, 2021
Community organisations and local governments are set to benefit from State Government funding to encourage more participation in sport and recreation, through the development of basic infrastructure.

Comment sought on planning reforms

May 28, 2021

LG Alert

Local governments are being invited to comment on the next phase of reforms to streamline the planning system and reduce red tape.
Lanie Chopping

Department welcomes new interim Director General

May 28, 2021
The department would like to extend a warm welcome to its new interim Director General, Lanie Chopping, who starts in the role on Monday 31 May.

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

May 25, 2021
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

May 20, 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Spectators arrive at Optus Stadium

Perth secures historic Ashes Test and One Day International for 2021-22 season

May 19, 2021
Cricket's greatest rivalry is set to return to Perth following today's announcement that Optus Stadium will host the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England from January 14 to 18 next year.
The Stidwell Family from left to right Sienna Hepworth (Mike Stidwell’s Grandaughter) Denise Legge (winner) Jill Stidwell and Siobhan Hepworth (Mike Stidwells Daughter) .

Pony Club volunteer recognised with prestigious award

May 18, 2021
Pony Club Western Australia Great Southern Zone stalwart Denise Legge has won the prestigious Mike Stidwell Medal, for her longstanding commitment to sports volunteering in Western Australia's Great Southern region.
The lighthouse on Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash

May 14, 2021
After two weeks of huge swell at the competition in Margaret River, the World Surf League Championship Tour is heading to Rottnest Island, marking the first time Western Australia has hosted two world surfing events in the same year.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

May 14, 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Duncan Ord

New leadership for State Government departments

May 13, 2021
Effective Monday 31 May 2021, a number of Directors General are changing departments, or taking planned retirement.
Jacaranda trees blooming in front of townhouses in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia.

Authorised Inquiry reports tabled in Parliament

May 13, 2021
Authorised Inquiry reports into three local governments have been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
Amazing sea view from the air at Exmouth.

‘Regional Climate Alliances’ to support local government action on climate change

May 11, 2021
Two 'Regional Climate Alliances' will be set up in Western Australia this year, thanks to a State Government commitment of $500,000 to support local government collaboration on climate change.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

May 11, 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A life guard entering the ocean

National Surf Life Saving event shore to attract swell of support

May 10, 2021
More than 5000 surf lifesavers from around the nation are set to make a splash across Perth's iconic beaches as the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships return to Western Australia in 2022.
A close up of who people budgeting using a computer and calculator

Preparing your 2021-22 budget

May 5, 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
A group of people as an infographic

State Government donates $2 million towards India COVID crisis

May 4, 2021
The State Government is allocating $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

May 3, 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
Banned Drinkers Register and Takeaway Alcohol Management System trial to commence in the Kimberley

Banned Drinkers Register technology rolls out in the Kimberley

May 1, 2021
Following a successful rollout to its trial in the Pilbara, the Banned Drinkers Register will begin rolling out across the Kimberley this week.
Staff member using office equipment

Financial assistance for ratepayers to continue

Apr 30, 2021
Financial hardship measures introduced by the State Government to protect Western Australian ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be extended.
Oil painting

Limitations during State of Emergency

Apr 29, 2021
Although we are fortunate to be in a period of recovery, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that WA remains in a State of Emergency.
Duncan Ord

Message from the DLGSC Director General

Apr 27, 2021
Post-lockdown transition
Infographic for the post-lockdown transition

COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

Apr 27, 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.
A group of people playing hockey indoors