The system of public health in Western Australia, and in all jurisdictions in Australia, is based on a partnership of interlocked responsibilities between Local, State and Commonwealth governments.

Local Government is the closest level of Government to the community and provides a significant contribution to public health and mental wellbeing of the community through the provision of public and social infrastructure such as roads and recreational facilities, playgrounds, sporting facilities, parks and lighting and public services such as home and community care, libraries and support following an emergency like a bushfire or flood. Local Government also provides an extensive range of environmental health services, including food safety, school and community immunisation programs, human waste and waste water control, business inspections and health risk assessments. All of these contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and their communities.

Alcohol and Drugs

WALGA acknowledges the role Local Governments are playing to address alcohol and drugs in their local communities. WALGA has developed a Managing Alcohol in Our Communities Guide to assist Local Governments with addressing alcohol-related issues within their communities. For more information click here.

Public Health Planning and the Public Health Act 2016

The introduction of the Public Health Act 2016 requires Local Governments to implement local public health plans. WALGA is committed to supporting Local Governments with their obligations under the the Act. For more information click here.

Regional Health Services

WALGA recognises that regional health services is  an ongoing priority issue for regional Local Governments in Western Australia. WALGA is committed to working in partnership with Local Governments and key stakeholders for this issue to be addressed. For more information click here.