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The Department of Communities is the Western Australian government agency responsible for providing services to a diverse range of people, including those with disability, children who are in the legal care of the State and those who need a place to call home.

It comprises several former agencies and their components, including:

•         Department for Child Protection and Family Support

•         Department of Housing (including Housing Authority)

•         Disability Services Commission

•         The communities component of Department of Local Government and Communities

•         Regional Services Reform Unit

•         The regional coordination and engagement component of Department of Aboriginal Affairs

It is the Government’s intent that the youth prevention and diversion components of the Youth Justice Services (YJS) team will become part of the Department of Communities through Machinery of Government changes. Until this transition occurs, YJS remains part of the Department of Justice.

With responsibility for this wide-spanning combination of services and functions, we have the opportunity to bring about true and lasting social change in the WA community.

We’re working to advance opportunities, community participation and quality of life of the people we support, with a clear focus on inclusion, building resilience and meeting individual needs. Regardless of which corner of the State someone lives, we want to be able to effectively plan and deliver services to them in a way that is individualised, accessible, complementary and integrated.

We’re a 6,000 strong workforce, located from the Kimberley in WA’s top end, down to the Great Southern, with district offices across the State. Join us and work with a group of people dedicated to creating a positive impact and better outcomes for Western Australians, including some of our most vulnerable citizens.

You can make a real difference to the WA community by pursuing a career with us.

Top Employability Skills:

  • Communication skills – ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, including people in the community.
  • Teamwork – ability to support coworkers and contribute toward team goals.
  • Building and maintaining resilience

Other attributes sought in applicants:

  •  Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Learning and personal management skills.
  • Strong work values and commitment to working in an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Study Areas:

  • Social Work
  • Health
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physiotherapy

Opportunities for Students:

  • Internships
  • Part-time and casual employment
  • Graduate employment

Applications open to Graduates – Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents ONLY

Contact Details for Student/Graduate Enquiries:

Contact name: Rina Turner
Email: employment@communities.wa.gov.au

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