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.

WALGA recognises Local Governments contributions to the health and wellbeing of local communities and advocates to the State Government on behalf of its Local Government members in the areas of public health and regional health services. WALGA also partners with the State Government and other stakeholders to produce resources to assist Local Governments.

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