The Department of Communities (Communities), Connecting Early Years Networks undertook a statewide survey of Early Years Networks (Networks) members and a statewide survey of backbone supports to:

  • ascertain member composition, participation and understanding of local Network operations
  • gain further insight of local backbone support provided to Networks and
  • obtain baseline data to inform the support role of Communities to Networks going forward.

You can find the results and analysis of each survey on our Resources page or use the button below.


On 22 July 2020, the Department of Communities launched a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence.

Path to Safety: Western Australia’s Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020 – 2030 sets out a clear

whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to this issue over the next decade.

WACOSS is launching a series of FREE webinars about key topics facing the community services sector in WA. The series will consist of eight webinars, running weekly on Wednesdays at 1pm, starting from 22 July 2020.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community organisations to host events and activities on Thank a Volunteer Day 2020, which will fall on Saturday 5 December. 

The grants provide support to celebrate Thank a Volunteer Day and acknowledge the role and contribution of volunteers in local communities.

Further information, including guidelines and the application form, is available on the Grants page.

Applications close at 4pm on Thursday 30 July 2020. No late applications will be accepted.

The Department of Communities, Connecting Early Years Networks team wishes to inform Early Years Networks and stakeholders that the Early Years Networks Forum is being rescheduled to 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it being too early to gauge what will be possible in the coming months, we have decided to reschedule our proposed 2020 Early Years Network Forum until 2021.

This decision will allow us to be in a better position to support Networks and stakeholders with conversations and professional development responsive to COVID-19 recovery planning, emerging needs

and evidence based practice. Thank you for your understanding and the work you continue to do to support children and families.

The Australian Government's Australian Institute of Family Studies wants to understand how Australians are coping with and adjusting to the Coronavirus pandemic. They are interested in every person in every type of family. Because everyone has a family, and families come in all shapes and sizes.
If you are over 18+ years and living in Australia, please help them by taking the Life during COVID-19 survey
Take the survey here

WACOSS is the peak body for social service organizations in the state of Western Australia. Their mission is to advocate for social change to improve the well-being of Western Australians and strengthen the community services sector that supports them.

Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds- mental health policy, services, interventions, training, programs and resources in response to the needs of professionals, children and their families

Liz Gordon and Julio Alejo

13 May 2020

How practitioners can engage in respectful, collaborative and curious conversations with children and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds

Tuesdays at Twelve

Tuesdays at Twelve is an insightful six-part webinar series that will examine in detail topical issues as they arise, including how we can all assist the community during an unprecedented time of physical distancing. The series is hosted by the Department of Communities Director General Michelle Andrews.

With so many Early Years Networks utilising video conferencing, the Connecting Early Years Networks team have developed a video conferencing tip sheet. The tip sheet contains information to assist Networks  to run smooth and informative Network meetings.

A new mental health campaign was recently launched to help Western Australians manage their wellbeing through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Think Mental Health's Be Positive. Be Connected. Be Active. campaign focuses on self-care and wellbeing strategies. It provides ways people can support each other and where they can get further help, should they need it.

The campaign will run on TV, digital, and social media as well as in GP surgeries and other targeted settings over the next four months.

More information or resources can be found at

Novel coronavirus update

The Department of Communities is dedicated to sharing important information regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as it comes to hand in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

While the situation continues to evolve the Federal Department of Health has been keeping the public informed with COVID-19 daily health alerts (which are much more up to date, factual and reliable than those posted on social media).

The best way to protect yourself and others is to practice good hygiene by:

washing your hands frequently and well with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand gel

  • refraining from touching your mouth and nose
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • dispose of the tissue immediately into a rubbish bin and clean your hands as described above. By doing this you are less likely to contaminate objects or people that you touch
  • avoiding close contact (maintain a distance of at least 1m) with anyone if you or they have cold or flu-like symptoms.

For further information phone the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, or visit: