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Strengthening Community Safety
Preventing Domestic and Family Violence
Boosting out Justice System
Target 120 Reducing Juvenile Reoffending
Rural Fire Division: Working for safer communities


Building safer communities

The McGowan Labor Government has a strong focus on community safety and is introducing services informed by the latest data and information to protect vulnerable children, families and seniors.

These services are being delivered to strengthen community safety, tackle the meth scourge, protect vulnerable children, families and seniors and make our roads safer.

Snapshot on Safer Communities

  • $181.5 million investment in road safety initiatives
  • $128.5 million record investment towards critical fire emergency services including $19.5 million for Volunteer and Marine Rescue groups
  • $26.9 million for new police helicopter
  • $21.5 million to continue the Regional Youth Justice Services in the Kimberley and Pilbara
  • $20.5 million for the new Target 120 initiative
  • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid West community mental health step up / step down service
  • $9.3 million for 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South West
  • Establish and operate the WA Office of Crime Statistics and Research unit to publish evidence based research on crime and justice
  • $4.3 million to implement the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme
  • $8.6 million towards financial counselling services
  • $2.6 million towards a residential program to help family and domestic violence perpetrators change their behaviour
  • $2.5 million to enhance driver training and education for regional and remote communities
  • $2.2 million for protective equipment to bolster safety for front-line health staff
  • $1.1 million for the Kimberley family violence service
  • $600,000 towards regional rapid response signs on beaches
  • $570,000 for crisis and transitional accommodation in Collie

INVESTING IN POLICE AND JUSTICE

The State Government has a focus on initiatives to improve community safety and justice services across Western Australia.

  • $78.8 million to build the Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex following the completion of the design and accommodation brief
  • $26.9 million for a new police helicopter which will play a crucial role in traffic enforcement and pursuit management
  • $21.5 million to continue the Regional Youth Justice Services in the Kimberley and Pilbara to enable diversion and prevention servicese
  • $20.5 million for the new Target 120 initiative – an early intervention program to reduce juvenile reoffending in WA
  • Establish and operate the WA Office of Crime Statistics and Research unit to publish evidence based research on crime and justice
  • $4.2 million for two additional magistrates to ease pressure with criminal matters coming before the Magistrates Court


Tackling the Meth Crisis

The McGowan Labor Government’s Methamphetamine Action Plan is focused on reducing harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine.

  • $9.3 million to fast track 33 more alcohol and drug rehabilitation beds in the South West
  • $2.2 million for protective equipment to bolster safety for front-line health staff
  • Establish two alcohol and other drug treatment prisons, with the female facility at Wandoo expected to open in the second half of 2018. The male facility, to be housed at Casuarina Prison, is expected to open in late 2019 in line with the planned roll out of four additional accommodation units and supporting facilities.
  • $10.2 million over the next five years to construct and operate a Mid West community mental health step up / step down service
  • A boost in the number of acute and sub-acute mental health beds across WA hospitals and community facilities including additional mental health units as part of Geraldton Health Campus and Royal Perth Hospital redevelopment programs.


Boosting Road Safety Across WA

The McGowan Labor Government is making a substantial investment in road safety initiatives to reduce road crashes and trauma.

Initiatives include improvements to dangerous roads and intersections, stronger police presence on roads and community education campaigns expected to change driver behaviour.

  • $70 million to improve regional roads identified as high risk for runoff crashes
  • $28.2 million directed into community education campaigns
  • $20 million improvements to Indian Ocean Drive
  • $17.2 million towards road safety improvements to the Great Eastern Highway in the Wheatbelt region
  • $13.3 million for safety upgrades at dangerous metropolitan intersections
  • $2.5 million to enhance driver training and education for regional and remote communities
  • $2.4 million to continue improvements on Toodyay Road, taking the total upgrade investment to just over $36 million
  • $1.8 million to increase driver breath and drug testing by WA Police Force


Protecting Western Australians

The McGowan Government is funding important initiatives to deliver emergency service
management across the State.

  • $128.5 million record investment towards critical fire emergency services including:
    • $19.5 million for 38 Volunteer and Marine Rescue groups that provide emergency services along the State’s coastline
    • $8 million to replace ageing volunteer fire stations in regional locations and $8.7 million to complete the roll out crew protection measures
    • $80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity through the new Rural Fire Division
      • $18 million for an Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence
      • $34.6 million increase in bushfire mitigation funding
      • $15 million towards the Bushfire Risk Management Planning program
  • An additional $800,000 boost to finalise remediation works as part of the Yarloop Bushfire clean up
  • $2.2 million for protective equipment to bolster safety for front-line health staff
  • Implementing the $600,000 towards regional rapid response signs which provides grant funding for local governments to install signs to assist emergency services in identifying regional beach locations when responding to calls for assistance


Support Initiatives to Prevent Family
and Domestic Violence

The McGowan Labor Government is prioritising measures to reduce family and domestic violence and provide support to those affected.

  • $4.3 million to implement the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme to enable family violence restraining orders and police orders to be automatically recognised and enforced across all Australian jurisdictions
  • $2.6 million towards a residential program, which will have nine beds and a 24/7 service, to help family and domestic violence perpetrators change their behaviour
  • $570,000 for crisis and transitional accommodation in Collie
  • $1.1 million to support the Kimberley family violence service