Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Position statement on improving development of childcare centres

    11/11/2022 10:00 AM
    • Draft position statement to deliver better planning outcomes for childcare premises
    • Provides location and design guidance to decision-makers, proponents, and the community
    • Feedback will help finalise a consistent planning policy approach

    A draft position statement to guide the development of childcare premises to better meet the community's changing needs is now open for public comment.


    Childcare is an essential community service, and with the rising demand in both metropolitan and regional areas it is important to ensure that the development of childcare premises occurs in appropriate locations.


    The draft Position Statement: Child Care Premises would update the existing Planning Bulletin 72 (2009) and will provide guidance to key planning decision makers - including local governments and joint development assessment panels - when preparing local scheme provisions and planning policies for childcare centres.


    The draft addresses a number of important planning considerations, including:

    • location;
    • site characteristics;
    • environmental suitability;
    • design;
    • traffic and vehicle access;
    • noise emissions;
    • amenity; and
    • health and safety impacts.

    It also supports delivery of the State Government's Educare election commitment, by encouraging the co-location of childcare with schools. This allows for the development of childcare premises to be considered when planning new public primary schools, providing communities with certainty about the future of childcare services in their area.


    The draft proposes that childcare premises could also be co-located on government reserves - such as hospitals - as well as within mixed commercial zones - such as shopping centres - or on office or commercial zoned land. This allows for flexible hours of operation, catering to the increasing number of families who have irregular or out-of-ordinary work hours.


    To have your say, visit https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/land-use-planning/child-care/.


    Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday, 10 February 2023.


    Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Western Australia is a rapidly evolving State, and it's absolutely essential our planning policies and guidelines keep pace with the expectations of the community.


    "This draft position statement will provide key decision makers with updated guidance for planning childcare centres and responds to our changing community needs.


    "The draft position statement outlines changes that would allow childcare premises to be co-located with new primary school sites - a key part of our Government's Educare election commitment - as well as in a wider variety of settings including around hospitals, shopping centres, and offices where they can operate varied hours.


    "I encourage the community to review the draft position statement and provide feedback about planning for future childcare premises."


    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "Childcare is so important not only for children's socialisation and education, but also to support parents - especially women - to return to work.


    "Childcare is a responsibility of all levels of government, and with services in high demand, we are committed to doing what we can at a State Government level to improve access and convenience for families.


    "Now is the time for the community to have their say on this important issue that will impact future childcare planning and development."


    Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500

    Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600