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About the Forum

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The community services sector is a key government partner in delivery of services and a significant contributor to economic growth, employment and community wellbeing, particularly for vulnerable Western Australians.

The Supporting Communities Forum’s function is to support implementation of the State Government’s Supporting Communities Policy.

The Government is committed to working with the sector to maximise opportunities to deliver quality services, by building a relationship based on partnership, collaboration and mutual respect between both sectors. This work will also support the directions of the Machinery of Government reforms and the recommendations emerging from the Service Priority Review.

The membership of the Forum was announced on 6 December 2017.

Contact Us

For more information on the Supporting Communities Forum and its Working Groups, please email

Forum Members

The Forum is chaired by Michelle Scott and the Deputy Chairperson is Helen Creed.

Membership consists of senior leadership from government agencies and 14 leaders from the community services sector.


Michelle Scott

Deputy Chairperson

Helen Creed

Forum Members

​Michelle AndrewsLouise GiolittoCarol Pettersen JP
Pip BrennanNeil GuardLisa Rogers
Suzi CowcherJennifer McGrathDavid Russell-Weisz
Chris Dawson APMDan MinchinAdam Tomison
Jonathan FordTricia MurrayJulie Waylen
Darren FosterVicki O'Donnell ​Ross Wortham
Kate GeorgeMaria Osman ​Debra Zanella

Our Role

The Forum is committed to work with the community services sector, to improve the way services are delivered to individuals, families and communities most in need.

The role of the Forum is to explore effective ways of engaging with the sector, to enable positive change to complex issues impacting on the lives of Western Australians.

Core values have been identified to encourage strong relationships between the State Government and the Sector. These underpinning values are: collaboration, cultural competence, transparency, accountability, building on strengths and evidence based.

The Forum and its Working Groups aims to identify opportunities for better designed services, and help guide future Government priorities.

Strategic Framework

Guidelines and Policies

Supporting Communities Policy

Supporting Communities Forum Terms of Reference 2017-19

Forum Charter 2018

Code of Conduct 2018

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.