Local Government Policy Awards

2020 Local Government Policy Awards

Children • Health • Environment

This year marked the 10th Anniversary of the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Local Government Policy Awards. PHAIWA has coordinated the Local Government Policy Awards since 2011, rewarding Local Governments for their positive influence on legislation, policy and services that promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people. This year’s awards, held at Burswood on Swan; were proudly presented by the Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and Arts, Hon David Templeman MLA.

81 applications were submitted this year from 29 Local Governments, an outstanding achievement particularly during Covid-19. The awards showcased the exceptional standards of policy work being conducted by our local governments, and the innovative ways in which these community initiatives are being implemented.

Children, the environment and health were clear priorities over the last 12 months, with the PHAIWA Local Government Policy Awards seen as an opportunity to recognise these sustainable projects and programs.


We would like to extend our congratulations to all of our participants this year including the Overall Winner of the 2020 PHAIWA Local Government Policy Awards:

City of Cockburn


The Regional Winner of the 2020 PHAIWA Local Government Policy Awards:

Shire of Laverton

PHAIWA 10th Anniversary Local Government Policy Award


Aboriginal Health

Winner: City of Mandurah

Commendable: City of Cockburn

Action on Alcohol

Winner: Shire of Manjimup

Commendable: City of Mandurah

Child Health & Development

Winner: Shire of Narrogin

Joint Commendable: Shire of Harvey & Shire of Collie

Planning Healthy Communities for Children

Winner: Shire of Kondinin

Smoke Free Environments

Winner: City of Cockburn

Shade in Public Places

Winner: City of Cockburn

Healthy Food

Winner: Shire of Laverton

Commendable: City of Kwinana

Children’s consultation

Winner: City of Kalamunda

Commendable: Shire of Gingin

Climate Change

Winner: City of Mandurah

Commendable: City of Swan

Environments Promoting Physical Activity

Winner: City of Busselton

Joint Commendable: City of Kalamunda & City of Cockburn

Young people making a difference in communities

Winner: City of Bunbury

Commendable: City of Busselton


The Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards originated following the Environment and Health Advocacy Forum – an event organised by  PHAIWA in March 2009.

The Environment and Health Advocacy Committee was formed following the Forum and has 22 members from across Western Australia.

One of the Committee’s first duties was to prioritise the advocacy consensus targets developed from the Forum. The area of children’s environment and health was allocated the highest priority.

Subsequently a range of ideas focusing on how to advocate for improved children’s environment and health were canvassed and it was agreed that targeting the Local Government sector would be most suitable given that many of the settings where children congregate come under the jurisdiction of Local Government.

Why a report card?

Report Card Fact Sheet

Although report cards have not often been used to assess policy, they have proven to be effective in evaluating program quality, promoting program improvement and informing and advocating for programs in many settings including schools, urban planning and health services. This project employs the report card as an innovative advocacy tool that acts as both an effective evaluation mechanism of local government corporate strategy and an instrument to promote positive change in the local government sector.