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Inter-connectedness

Skip Navigation LinksWA State Election 2013 Party Policies Inter-connectedness
This is what we asked the parties to respond to.

Inter-connectedness

Everyone benefits from being part of a community that provides both formal and informal means of connecting people with the systems of support around them. Promoting participation, accessibility and social inclusion is critical to the wellbeing of WA. Collaborative communities and processes lead to improved outcomes for a wider range of stakeholders and help to prevent the exclusion of particular groups or issues of concern.

How do your party’s policies address this principle?


     

Collaboration and community consultation are at the heart of any changes WA Labor seeks to implement, in contrast to the Barnett Government's often high-handed approach to change. WA Labor's policies have been developed after consultation with stakeholders. Many elements within our policies are aimed at improving the
interconnectedness in our community, with one specific policy aimed solely at connecting people to systems of support. This is our promise to establish a Support
Network portal where all sources of Government financial assistance available can be found.

Protecting and improving the economic and social participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged Western Australians has been a key focus of the Government’s first term. Programs and rebates in place include:
• Home and Community Care – Seniors receive assistance to make modification to their homes to make them safer and more accessible;
• Safety and Security Rebate – Introduced by the Liberal-led Government and provides up to $400 for eligible security and fire safety devices to enable seniors to feel safer in their own homes;
• Safety for Seniors – Western Australian Police provide support for seniors through crime prevention and safety presentations
Introduced in 2012, the Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program has enabled local governments throughout the state to engage young people in their planning processes. 

The Greens (WA) recognise the importance of strong, vibrant, connected and collaborative communities. The direct participation of the community in making laws and policy must underpin all actions of government. We support efforts to facilitate the participation of people in regional and remote areas, as well as those with disability or who face other challenges that might affect their capacity to be included in the community. It is important that service users are supported to participate in service design as this ensures service delivery is people-centred and has the flexibility to meet individual need.
 

  The response from the National Party did not address the individual priorities. Please refer to their letter for more details of their response, please click here.

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