- Holistic methodology brought to bear for local communities
- Shared offices will wrap services around individuals and families while improving collaboration and co-ordination between agencies
Co-located offices highlighting the McGowan Government's new collaborative approach to the delivery of human services by different government agencies, opened in Mirrabooka today.
Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk formally opened the offices, backed up by Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman who represented Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan.
The offices, shared by the Department of Communities and the Department of Justice, reflect the McGowan Government's holistic approach to the delivery of more efficient and effective services.
The building in Milldale Way houses staff from Housing, and Child Protection and Family Support - two of the former Government agencies amalgamated to create the Department of Communities - as well as Department of Justice staff who work with clients in both the juvenile and adult corrective services system.
The relocation of agencies into one shared space will create a one-stop shop for vulnerable families while improving collaboration and co-ordination across agencies, and reduce building lease costs.
The Government will continue to co-locate offices, across the State, of those former agencies that now comprise the Department of Communities in order to better serve local communities.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The Mirrabooka Office marks a significant milestone in the McGowan Government's efforts to progress and integrate services, and achieve better outcomes for all Western Australians.
"The office is a new concept for service delivery in WA, a single point of contact with shared concierge and reception services where work facilities and staff amenities are accessible for all staff across the whole building."
Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:
"The people we work with have enough going on in their lives - without having to navigate multiple bureaucracies.
"That's why this co-location is innovative - it's about wrapping the services around the individual rather than the individual trying to navigate the system.
"This is about listening to what people want and need by putting them and their families at the centre of our work. This is about collaboration and having a strong outcome focus."
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan:
"It is a great achievement bringing these agencies together to better serve the community.
"Adult Corrections and Youth Justice are co-located in several offices throughout Western Australia, and not only does it help those two areas of Corrective Services work better together but it also benefits those they are managing.
"Clients of the different agencies in the new complex have already expressed positive feedback about the new office space."
Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300
Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Corrective Services Minister's office - 6552 6300