State and federal government agencies
Department of Agriculture and Food (WA)
The Department of Agriculture and Food (WA) assists the State's agriculture, food and fibre sectors to be sustainable and profitable, with a clear focus on export-led growth. The Department enhances the international competitiveness of the State's agribusiness by working with it to meet the increasingly demanding standards for safety and quality of food and fibre products produced in a sustainable way.
Department of Environment and Conservation
The Department of Environment and Conservation has ultimate responsibility throughout WA for the conservation of native flora, fauna, natural ecosystems and landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations.
Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA)
Main Roads is responsible for the management of transport related services and infrastructure. MRWA works in conjunction with local government and its road network in order to create an integrated transport system.
Regional Development Australia – Great Southern
Regional Development Australia – Great Southern is an Australian Government agency and part of a nationwide network established to provide a strategic framework for economic growth in each region. The network ‘s RDA committees advise, consult and undertake community engagement, contribute to regional planning and are the first point of contact for Australian Government activities. It also promotes government programs and facilitates community development.
Rural Industries was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector. It invests in adopted research and development and assists rural industries to be productive, profitable and sustainable.
The Department of Fisheries (DoF)
The Department of Fisheries (DoF) is responsible for the management of WA’s commercial and recreational fisheries, the development and promotion of the aquaculture industry and management and conservation of fish and their habitats. As part of its responsibilities, DoF undertakes fisheries research, surveillance, enforcement and education in marine parks and reserves.
The Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA)
The Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) aims to achieve a society in which Aboriginal people determine their lives and where social and economic equity, respect and value for land, Indigenous heritage and culture is prevalent.
The Department of Planning (DoP)
The Department of Planning (DoP) supports the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to develop integrated planning and infrastructure programs. It provides population projections and a forum to coordinate communications between planning bodies. It also supports the development and implementation of DoP and the WAPC’s statutory and strategic land-use planning initiatives. In addition, the regional services division for the Great Southern works with the community to plan for the delivery of quality land use.
The Department of Regional Development and Lands
The Department of Regional Development and Lands manages major regional projects, coordinates regional development policy and operations and manages unallocated Crown land.
The Department of Water (DoW)
The Department of Water (DoW) is responsible for the management of water resources to meet the environmental, social and economic needs of the community, including groundwater, rivers and estuaries. The DoW licences abstraction in proclaimed areas, plans and protects public water sources, provides information on water resources and facilitates the management of priority-rivers and estuaries.
The Forest Products Commission
The Forest Products Commission was established in November 2000. Its role is to develop, market and sustainably manage the State’s high quality renewable timber resources and works with industry to deliver economic and social benefits in the regions.
The Goldfields Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC)
These development commissions encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the region’s economic development. The organisations’ objectives are to maximise job creation and improve career opportunities, develop and broaden the economic base of the region, identify infrastructure services promoting economic and social development, provide information and advice to promote business development, ensure that regional government services are comparable to the metropolitan areas and coordinate linkages between relevant statutory bodies and State government agencies.