The Department has been recognised as finalists in two of six categories at the 2012 Premier’s Awards announced in late November.
Of the 51 entries this year, the Department were finalists in the Developing the Economy category for the "Affordable Housing Call for Submissions Program" and the Improving Indigenous Outcomes category for the "Building Homes, Creating Futures" program.
“Our submissions were very strong this year, and we did very well in the Public Sector Commission’s rigorous selection process to be shortlisted and eventually selected as one of three finalists in our categories,” Tania Loosley-Smith, A/Director General said.
The “Affordable Housing Call for Submissions Program” is a key initiative under the State’s Affordable Housing Strategy, and through it the Department has leveraged its large land assets and partnerships with private industry to significantly increase the supply of affordable and social housing. The Program has also successfully propped up a weak building and construction sector at a critical time when it was struggling to recover from the global financial crisis.
The Department’s “Building Homes, Creating Futures” program is an innovative program of cross-government partnerships that has lead Australia in the delivery of community engagement, employment and training initiatives, and accommodation options that have provided significant employment and housing outcomes for Indigenous communities throughout WA.
“As finalists in the Premier’s Awards the Department has been recognised for delivering excellence in the public service,” Ms Loosley-Smith said.
“We have been recognised for our efforts to address the issue of housing affordability and increasing the supply of affordable and social housing.
“The Department is contributing to the long term benefit of all Western Australians, and we are making it easier for people to have a place to call home and to enjoy the many benefits that can arise from this.”
The Department of Training and Workforce Development claimed the Overall Award for its “Joining the Dots: Aboriginal workforce development centres” project and was also the winner in the Improving Indigenous Outcomes category.
The City of Fremantle won in the Developing the Economy cateogory for its "Fremantle economic development strategy 2011-2015" project.