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All public sector agencies other than those listed in Schedule 1 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 are to use the State Coat of Arms as the WA State Government Badge (State Government Badge)  in accordance with Premier's Circular 2013/02 - Use of WA State Government Badge by Public Sector Agencies.

This site provides information and guidelines to ensure the State Coat of Arms and the WA State Government Badge (State Government Badge) is used consistently across all public sector agencies.

Official use of the State Coat of Arms is restricted to authorised Western Australian departments and agencies  to authenticate documents to show ownership of property and to signify government projects or publications.

Common Badging across government was established as a result of the recommendations from 'The Report of the Taskforce Established to Review the Machinery of Western Australia's Government' and was to clearly identify government institutions and services provided to the public.

Non-government organisations

The State Coat of Arms is protected under the Armorial Bearings Protection Act 1979  (the Act). It is an offence under the Armorial Bearings Protection Act 1979,  without previous written authority to reproduce the Arms for any commercial purpose, or in such a manner as to suggest use of the Arms on the material or object has official significance.

In accordance with the Act, non government organisations cannot use the State Coat of Arms in any format unless authorised  to do so.

Non-government bodies may seek approval from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, for the use of the State Coat of Arms for educational or cultural purposes.  

Who administers the State Government Badge?

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is responsible for administering the State Government Badge and established the Common Badging Committee to:

  • assess applications for co-badging or exemptions;
  • respond to agency requests for guidance on the application of the State Government Badge; and
  • respond to requests by non-government organisations  for use of the State Coat of Arms.

The Common Badging Committee comprises:

  • Assistant Director General, State Administration and Corporate Support; and
  • Director, State Law Publisher.

Any enquiries regarding the Common Badging Committee's administration of the State Government Badge should be directed to  commonbadge@dpc.wa.gov.au.

Advertising

The State Government Badge or the State Coat of Arms is to be included in all government advertising.
For more information about government advertising, agencies should refer to Premier's Circular 2014/03  and  the accompanying Government Advertising and Communications Policy and Guidelines.

Note: Should there be specific campaign advertising in which it seems inappropriate to use the State Government Badge or the State Coat of Arms, agencies can seek an exemption by applying to the Common Badging Committee.