About us

An overview from all areas of the department, what we do and why we do it.

The department works collaboratively with government, community organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders towards our vision of an enlivened Western Australia with successful communities and economy.


Enlivened and successful communities and economy


To facilitate lively communities and economy and the offering of outstanding and inclusive sporting and cultural experiences.

Better places

The work we do helps create and maintain better places for people to live, work and play.

We build the capacity of local governments, so that they are capable, well governed, and best able to serve the community.

Learn how we regulate and support local government

We help maintain a strong and diverse sport and recreation sector in Western Australia.

Get active in the sport and recreation sector in WA

We support a sustainable arts and cultural sector that facilitates social and economic wellbeing, by providing research, policy, information and support.

Explore how we support the creative industries

By providing services to Western Australia’s arts and culture organisations, we are building the capacity of a sector which makes living in and visiting Western Australia richer, more vibrant and enjoyable.

Visit our key cultural organisations:

Keeping government records and State archives managed and accessible is a role of the State Records Office of Western Australia. The office operates as a government agency within the department.

The department is responsible for promoting and maintaining the integrity of lawful racing, gambling and liquor activities in Western Australia, for the social and economic benefit of Western Australians.

Understand how we meet community expectations for lawful liquor and gambling activities

Strong multicultural communities

Western Australia is a vibrant and effective multicultural society. The department promotes and supports multiculturalism that creates safe communities and supports families.

Discover WA’s vibrant multicultural communities


  • Vision
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Leadership


  • To partner with local government to deliver good governance to community.
  • To promote participation and achievement in sport, recreation, culture and arts.
  • To support and grow the cultural industries.
  • To promote the benefits of cultural diversity and social inclusion.
  • To provide opportunities in the hospitality sector by reducing red tape on the liquor and gambling industries.
  • To celebrate Aboriginal culture and preserve history and traditions.

We will achieve this by:

  • working collaboratively across other State Government departments
  • creating synergies and finding efficiencies in business functions
  • responding proactively to State Government imperatives such as election commitments and stated strategic priorities
  • contributing to the achievement of Government targets
  • community focused engagement and partnerships.

Executive leadership

  • Duncan Ord, Director General
  • Michael Connolly, Deputy Director General
  • Margaret Butcher, Assistant Director General
  • Glen Kar, Executive Director Corporate Services
  • Rob Didcoe, (interim) Executive Director Planning and Service Delivery, and Sport and Recreation
  • Colin Walker, Executive Director Culture and the Arts
  • Anna Wyatt, Director Aboriginal Culture and History
  • Kim Ellwood (acting), Executive Director Office of Multicultural Interests
  • Lisa Fanciulli, Executive Director Infrastructure
Page reviewed 23 April 2019