Director General’s foreword

I am pleased to present the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Disability access and inclusion plan 2018-2023
In line with our value, Better Together, the department recognises that people with disability, their families and carers, have the same rights as other members of the community to 
access employment and services, information and facilities, and to participate in community consultation processes.

Designed to assist the department to meet its obligations under the Disability Services Act 1993, the Western Australian Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992, this plan takes a strategic approach to meeting the agency’s access and inclusion objectives. 

According to the Diversity Council of Australia’s State of Inclusion in the Australian workforce 2017-2018 Index, inclusion “fuels team performance and employee satisfaction, success and security, while minimising the risk of harassment and discrimination … benefiting everyone, not only the intended targets of diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives". 

To create sustainable change, diversity and inclusion must be integrated in our infrastructure; in the way we do business; in our managerial capabilities; and in the employee experience. Accordingly, the access and inclusion strategies and objectives in this plan will inform the development of the department’s Workforce and Diversity Plan under direction from the department’s Equity and Diversity Panel (see appendix 1). 

My Executive is committed to monitoring the implementation process to determine its success or otherwise in meeting the needs of our employees and the wider community that engages with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. 

I commend the staff of the department for their commitment to an inclusive workplace in support of attracting, retaining and fully engaging a diverse range of talent in support of the agency’s work. 
Finally, I wish to thank the Department of Communities for the guidance and assistance it has provided throughout the development of our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan as we strive together to make a difference for the people of Western Australia. 

Mike Rowe 
Director General 

Our values 

We serve to make a difference 
What we do and why we do it:
  • We are inspired
  • We strive for excellence
  • We serve the public
  • We engage honestly
  • We deliver results
We build trust 
How we do our work 
  • We empower decisions
  • We provide evidence-based transparent processes
  • We are honest, reliable and competent
  • We hold ourselves to account
Better together
How we connect 
  • We work inclusively and collaboratively
  • We build partnerships
  • We value our differences
  • We share information
  • We encourage leadership
Open minds
How we approach our work 
  • We embrace new ideas
  • We are passionate, creative and curious
  • We are flexible
  • We own and learn from our mistakes
  • We are courageous
We care 
How we feel about our work 
  • We care for customers, colleagues and the community
  • We care for the environment
  • We respect and support each other
  • We create safe space to grow
  • We listen and respond

Our purpose 

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is responsible for the sustainable management and protection of Western Australia’s water and the environment. 

Our role is to ensure the state’s water resources and environment are healthy and able to support a strong economy and thriving communities, now and in the future. 

We share information and advice and partner with the community to build the capacity of all sectors to act in ways that enhance our environment and sustainability. 

In addressing these challenges, we respond to our state’s emerging challenges – climate change, increasing population and urban growth. 

At the same time we champion opportunities – a strategic approach to waste; a diversifying economy delivering new business prospects and jobs; and water sensitive cities, towns and communities. 

For more information see the department’s website: www.dwer.wa.gov.au

Other services 

The department continues to provide support services to the following boards, offices and committees subject to this Disability Access and Inclusion Plan: 

  • Cockburn Sound Management Council
  • Contaminated Sites Committee
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA
  • Office of the Appeals Convenor
  • Waste Authority of Western Australia.

For more information see the department’s website: www.dwer.wa.gov.au

Our vision 

A healthy environment and water, valued by all, to support a liveable and prosperous Western Australia. 

Our mission 

To lead and excel in the sustainable management and protection of Western Australia’s water and environment. 

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