The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) was the department of the
Government of Western Australia responsible for managing lands described in the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 and implementing the state's conservation and environment legislation and regulations. The minister responsible for the department was the
Minister for the Environment.
Western Australia Parks and Wildlife Conservation Employee changing a culvert pipe at Dombakup Block, Warren State Forest in May 2015.
other lands and waters throughout the state
At 30 June 2017, the total area under Parks and Wildlife's care was 31,480,868 ha. The land area managed by the department was about 10.6 per cent of the land area of
The lands and waters managed by the department received in 2014-15 18.6 million visits a year, with visitor satisfaction at a high level of 89%. The average level of visitor satisfaction with their visit on Parks & Wildlife lands and waters was of 91.4% in 2015–16. Western Australian national parks and reserves received 20 million visits in a single year for the first time in 2016–17 and a visitor satisfaction level of 92.5 per cent. Each year Parks and Wildlife aimed for a satisfaction rating above 85 per cent, a figure it had achieved for more than 10 consecutive years.
10,910 people were registered volunteers with the department in 2014-15 that helped in a range of projects across the State with 610,000 hours contributed. During 2015–16, 5,189 active volunteers of the total 13,737 registered individuals contributed 638,747 voluntary hours to more than 200 Parks and Wildlife environmental and recreational programs. In 2016–17, Parks and Wildlife's volunteers have contributed to a record number of hours to help conserve and manage WA's natural places, with 5,410 volunteers contributing 723,508 hours.
Parks and Wildlife was responsible for the wildlife conservation project
Western Shield, a pest animal and weed control program that included 4 million hectares of conservation reserves and State forests baited for feral animal control, as well as weed control on more than 89 million hectares of unallocated
Crown land and unmanaged reserves.
There are a number of internationally recognised
biodiversity hotspots within Western Australia and in particular in the south west of the state.
An important duty of the Department (with the help of the
Forest Products Commission crews) was to be responsible for bushfire prevention and suppression on its lands as well as fire prevention in unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves. This included conducting
controlled burns to reduced fuel load, and research into the behaviour and effects of bushfires.
WA Parks and Wildlife fire crew lighting a prescribed burn at Octopus Bore track buffer, Lorna Glen former pastoral lease, now joint managed with
traditional owners, May 2015.
Western Australia Parks and Wildlife Fire Fighters mopping up the fireline with the help of a Gang Truck fire appliance (GT3 - Donnelly 36) after a machinery constructed track was opened on a bushfire on Topanup Block, Tone State Forest, March 2015.
More than 247,360 hectares were prescribed burnt in the three forest regions during the 2016-17 financial year, in addition to the significant burns that have been undertaken by staff in the
Kimberley regions up to 2,988,394 hectares.
Some of the most severe West Australian bushfires that the department had to suppress, in chronological order, include:
The department maintained and coordinated a range of specialist equipment and emergency response vehicles. This included
tankers and other equipment relating to operations involving
search and rescue and
Gang truck fire appliance Izusu 550 (GT2 - Donnelly 37) at Dwellingup in October 2014.
Heavy duty fire appliance Izusu 550 (HD122 - Blackwood 44) at Pemberton depot in March 2015.
High lift fire appliance Izusu 750 (HL3 - Perth Hills 49) at 100 Years Old Forest prescribed burning, Donnelly State Forest, January 2017.
Light patrol (fast attack) Toyota Hilux 3.0 D4D SR at Dwellingup depot in October 2014.
4WD vehicle (used by a sector commander) Toyota Land Cruiser, Perth Hills, October 2014.
Pantech communication vehicle at Pemberton depot during DON019 O'Sullivan bushfire in February 2015.
National park ranger light patrol in Toyota Landcruiser V8D4D Turbo Work Mate at Nambung National Park in October 2013.
Komatsu WA320 front end loader (plant P7) in Perth Hills for a prescribed fire in October 2014.
Caterpillar D6 dozer (plant P2) at Mount Solus group bushfire in November 2015.
Deere 670D grader (plant P28) at Dwellingup depot in October 2014.
Fire bomber Airtractor 802 being reloaded at Orleans Farm (Tagon) airstrip, close to Cape Arid National Park, Esperance, November 2014.
American Scout Champion Aircraft 8GCBC (spotter 642) at Bunbury airport, August 2015.
Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane Erickson Inc. Helicopter during O'Sullivan bushfire, Manjimup airport, February 2015.
Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane Erickson Inc. Helicopter during Mount Solus group bushfire, Perth Hills, November 2015.
Bell 412EP Helitaks water bomber during Mount Solus group bushfire, Perth Hills, November 2015.
Izusu 300 4WD tender at Dwellingup depot, October 2014.
Uniforms and equipment
The Department of Parks and Wildlife had three types of uniforms:
a standard khaki and bottle green uniform with appropriate badging was supplied to and worn by staff whose duties included the monitoring of legislative compliance (National Park and Marine
Rangers, Conservation and Land Management Officers, Forest Officers, Wildlife Officers and Authorised CALM Officers under Bush Fire Act),
a work wear (khaki and bottle green only with generic badge) for those that worked in the field and personal protective equipment or clothing (TecaSafe gold overshirt, TecaSafe dark green trousers and vest, Kevlar helmet with goggles, gloves, belt and fire boots) for staff who were involved in fire management activities,
a corporate apparel worn by employees who were in regular contact with the public or members of other departments (sand, grey or white shirt, black trousers).
Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife shoulder's badges, 2013.
Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife shoulder's badges, 2015.
Department of Parks and Wildlife's logo positioned above the left pocket on all corporate apparels, 2013.
Conservation and Land Management Officer under CALM Act 1984 shoulder badge for uniform shirt, 2013.
National Park Ranger under CALM Act 1984 shoulder badge for uniform shirt, 2013.
Marine Ranger and Officer shoulder badge for uniform shirt, 2013.
Conservation and Land Management Officer under CALM Act 1984 (with Bushfire Act 1954 powers) shoulder badge for uniform shirt, 2015.
Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife Fire Personal Protective Clothing chest badge, 2014.
Bush Fire Kevlar helmet Bush Ranger 9 (Pacific) used for bushfires and prescribed burns, Department of Parks and Wildlife, 2014.
^The Public Sector Commissioner has released the
list of agency heads to lead the new departments in the medium term on 28 April 2017. This follows the
Premier's announcement on significant public sector reform and structural changes across the public sector.
^Department of Parks and Wildlife 2016–17 Annual Report, Department of Parks and Wildlife, 2017.
ISSN2203-9201 (Online), September 2017.
^Department of Parks and Wildlife 2014–15 Annual Report, Department of Parks and Wildlife, 2015,
^Department of Parks and Wildlife 2015-16 Annual Report, Department of Parks and Wildlife, September 2016,