News

Latest news from the department.

Featured news

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.

Newsletters

Subscribe to receive newsletters to your email.

All news

Business people with bribe at desk in office

Guide to managing fraud and corruption risks

10 Aug 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

4 Aug 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

4 Aug 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

3 Aug 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

2 Aug 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

1 Aug 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

1 Aug 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

1 Aug 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

29 Jul 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

25 Jul 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

22 Jul 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

21 Jul 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

20 Jul 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

15 Jul 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

8 Jul 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

8 Jul 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

8 Jul 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

7 Jul 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

6 Jul 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

5 Jul 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

4 Jul 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

4 Jul 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

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

Curtain closes on Perth Theatre Trust as new era begins

1 Jul 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

30 Jun 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

29 Jun 2022

LG Alert

3 to 10 July 2022
Midsection of people working on table

Local Government Asset Revaluations

27 Jun 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

23 Jun 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

23 Jun 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

22 Jun 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

20 Jun 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

20 Jun 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

20 Jun 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

20 Jun 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

17 Jun 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.
Page reviewed 29 July 2022