WALGA will provide up-to-date resources on this page, to ensure that information relevant to Local Government Community portfolios is readily available. To contribute items of interest, please contact Community@walga.asn.au

KidSport Program Updates 
KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance towards club fees. 

On 1 January 2018 the new KidSport policy came into effect, changes include: 
• The total funding available per KidSport child in a calendar year is now $150. 
• All approved vouchers now have a 90 day expiry from time of approval. Expired vouchers can be reapplied for by the applicant if in the appropriate calendar year. 
• Sport and Recreation (WA) is trialing direct payment to clubs for 76 local government areas across the state. 
• Key changes to club eligibility (current clubs have until 30 November 2018 to comply with the new eligibility criteria). 

For more information including how to apply visit the Sport and Recreation WA website

Funding to Boost Regional Aged Accommodation
The State Government will provide funding to help meet the aged accommodation needs of regional Western Australia. 

A total of $13.1 million has been allocated to build and expand accommodation in Pinjarra, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Dongara, Brunswick Junction and across the Great Southern, including Broomehill, Cranbrook, Katanning, Kojonup and Bremer Bay.
An additional $160,000 has been allocated to further developing business cases for four proposals that cover Leonora, Laverton, Corrigin, Cuballing, Kondinin, Narrogin, Wickepin, Dowerin, Goomalling and Victoria Plains, where there is clear demand for aged accommodation. Another $7.64 million has been set aside for future consideration of these proposals.
For more information see the media statement.  

PLAYCE study results available
The PLAY Spaces and Environments for Children’s Physical Activity & Health (PLAYCE) program of research aims to improve young children's health and development through multi-level interventions focused on the child, family, social and built environment. The Childs Play PLAYCE 2018 report is available here.

My Health Record - a digital summary of a person’s important health information securely stored in one place
By the end of 2018 every Australian will have a digital My Health Record, unless they actively choose not to. WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) would like to work with Local Governments across WA to ensure the public is made aware of the benefits of My Health Record, and are asking all Local Governments to help us spread the message about My Health Record.
For more information on My Health Record visit the website, contact the My Health Record team in WA, or follow WAPHA on Facebook.

Aboriginal Procurement Policy
The Aboriginal Procurement Policy includes progressive targets for contracting with Aboriginal businesses and aims to achieve a three per cent of contracts awarded to these businesses by 2021. From 1 July 2018, state government departments are compelled to prioritise Aboriginal businesses when procuring goods, services, community services and works.
The policy is available on the Department of Finance website or call the Minister’s office 6552 5900