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Western Australia Regions

Posted in Australia, Western Australia, Western Australia Basics, Western Australia Basics by valeria80 on August 19, 2008

*Kimberley :



*Mid West:



*South West:


*Great Sothern:


Western Australia-The definition of a volunteer

The definition of a volunteer for the purpose of the Act means a person who does community work on a voluntary basis if they receive no remuneration other than what they may receive whether or not they did the voluntary work or for reasonable expenses they may incur undertaking the community work.

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Volunteers law protection in Western Australia

There are more than 428,000 active volunteers in Western Australia. Almost one in three adults contribute a total of more than 70 million hours of unpaid work to the community (ABS 2000).
The Government’s Valuing Volunteers  policy ensures that volunteers’ contributions are recognised and supported in practical ways.
The Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 was proclaimed on 1 January 2003. The Act protects certain volunteers from incurring civil liability when doing community work on a voluntary basis and transfers that liability to the community organisation that organised the work done by the volunteer. Published by the State Law Publisher WA.

Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002

Western Australia Funding


1 -Any collection of money or goods from the public in Western Australia that are deemed to be for a charitable purpose.

2- Street collections in the Perth metropolitan area regardless of the purpose.

In Western Australia raffles are  regulated by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

What permits or approvals are required?

1- To collect money or goods for a charitable purpose a licence is required under the Charitable Collections Act (1946). The application for a licence is considered by the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee who make recommendations to the Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection. This process can take two to three months.

2 Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in Perth, whether licensed under the Charitable Collections Act or not, must have a separate street collection permit. This permit is also granted by the Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection requires approximately six weeks notice to be granted. Street collections are generally held on Fridays.

Western Australia Economy

Posted in Australia, Western Australia, Western Australia Basics by valeria80 on July 25, 2008

Western Australia:

*Has the highest per capita output of any Australian state, with an economy that has been largely based on the extraction and export of mining and petroleum commodities.

*Is a leading alumina extractor, producing more than 20% of the world’s aluminia.

*It is also the world’s third-largest iron ore producer, producing around 15% of the world’s total iron ore output.

*extracts up to 75% of Australia’s 240 tonnes of gold and  Diamonds are extracted at Argyle diamond mine in the North West.

Western Australia – Tax concessions

To access various concessions tax, the organisation may need to register for an Australian business number (ABN), goods and services tax (GST), fringe benefits tax (FBT), pay as you go (PAYG) withholding or other taxes.

Only certain types of non-profit organisations are exempt from income tax. The following organisations must be endorsed by the Tax Office to be exempt from income tax:

  • charities, and
  • non-charitable funds that distribute money, property or benefits solely to deductible gift recipients that are income tax exempt.

Western Australia – Non Profit recognition

“Any organisation or club collecting money or goods from the public for charitable purposes, needs to be licensed under the Charitable Collections Act.
The Associations Incorporation Act. and Associations Incorporation Regulations are intended to provide for the incorporation of associations in Western Australia and the regulation of their
affairs. The Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, and in particular the Commissioner for Fair Trading, has the responsibility to administer the Act and Regulations on behalf of the government.
The department has developed several information sheets which provide information on how it administers the legislation as well as outlining some of the major provisions of the Act and Regulations.

Section 4(1) of the Act: provides that an association is eligible for incorporation if it has more than five members and is formed for any of the following purposes:
(a) for a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose;
(b) for the purpose of promoting or encouraging literature, science or the arts;
(c) for the purpose of sport, recreation or amusement;
(d) for the purpose of establishing, carrying on, or improving a community, social or cultural centre, or promoting the interests of a local community;
(e) for political purposes;
(f) or for any other purpose approved by the Commissioner.

Volunteering in Western Australia

Posted in Australia, Western Australia, Western Australia Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008

* Almost 429,000 Western Australians, around one-third of the population are volunteers
* In WA volunteers contribute over 70 million hours a year, worth an estimated $800 million dollars
* Rural Western Australian recorded the highest volunteering rate in Australia with 45% of the population involved in volunteering
* Although baby boomers (35-54 years) account for 40% of the WA adult population, they account for almost half the number of volunteers in 2000.
* Volunteer rates are highest for people who are working.  Of these, managers and administrators are the most likely to volunteer (56%), followed by professionals (46%).
* Almost half (48%) of all Western Australian volunteers had been volunteering for more than 10 years.
* The most common reason West Australians gave for being a volunteer was to ‘help others/community’ (49% in 2000 and 41% in 1995).  The next most common reason was ‘personal satisfaction’ (41%)
* People volunteer for a variety of reason and frequently for more than one reason.
* In general similar numbers of men and women volunteer in WA.
* Volunteers were rarely recruited through the media; only 4% became involved in volunteering in response to a media report or an advertisement.
* Sport/recreation organisations had the highest volunteer involvement rate in Western Australia in 2000 (39%).

Western Australia Education

Posted in Western Australia, Western Australia Basics, Western Australia Basics by valeria80 on July 23, 2008

Education in Western Australia consists of one year of pre-school at age 5, followed by seven years of primary school education. Students move into Year 8 at age 13 and five years of secondary education. The final two years of secondary education are currently changing to compulsory. All students who completed Year 10 in 2005 are now required to undertake further studies in Year 11. Students are required to complete the year in which they turn 16 (usually Year 11).

Commencing in 2008 all students will be required to complete 12 years of study before leaving school. Students will have the option to study at a TAFEWA (Technical And Further Education Western Australia colleges are training institutions that are funded by the State Government of Western Australia. They provide courses for vocational education and training, apprenticeships and traineeships, support for workplace training, and commercial courses for business and industry.) in their eleventh year or continue through high school with a vocational course or a specific University entrance course.

Western Australia Universities:

Curtin University of Technology:
Edith Cowan University:
Murdoch University:     http//
University of Western Australia:
University of Notre Dame Australia:http: //

Western Australia Government

The administration of this state is divided amongst 142 local government authorities; nine development commissions; and a number of state and Australian government departments and organisations.

Western Australia was granted self-government in 1889 with a bicameral House of Parliament, located in Perth, consisting of the Legislative Assembly (or lower house), which has 57 members; and the Legislative Council, which has 34 members. Suffrage is universal and compulsory for Australian citizens residing in Western Australia over 18 years of age.

The Governor of Western Australia is the representative of Australia`s Monarch Queen ElizabethII. The Governor performs important constitutional, ceremonial and community functions, including:

  • presiding over the Executive Council;
  • proroguing and dissolving the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council;
  • issuing writs for elections; and
  • appointing Ministers, Judges, Magistrates and Justices of the Peace.

The Parliament of Western Australia consists of the Western Australian Legislative Council, the Western Australian Legislative Assembly and the Govenor of Western Australia. The Parliament sits at Parliament House in Harvest Terrace,Peth. The head of government is the Premier of Western Australia.