What we do

The Department is responsible for planning and managing land and heritage for all Western Australians—now and into the future.

Our story

The video ‘Our story’ is an introduction to the work we do here at the Department across planning, land management, heritage and Aboriginal heritage.


Formed in 2017, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage brings all land use and heritage responsibilities under the one umbrella to shape the future of our cities, regions and towns.

Responsible for state level land use planning and management, and oversight of Aboriginal cultural heritage and built heritage matters, the department supports three Ministers and administers a wide range of legislation.

We plan how to make best use of the State’s natural and built assets for the sustainable and responsible development of all Western Australian communities, through evidence-based research, integrated policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Our key focus areas are:

  • Aboriginal heritage and lands management
  • Crown land administration
  • historic heritage conservation services
  • integrated land and infrastructure policy development
  • land use planning and policy development.

The vast scope of our work ranges from managing much-loved State assets such as Fremantle Prison, to overseeing the Aboriginal Lands Trust and Crown land estates, to working closely with other state government departments on strategic government priorities such as METRONET.

Annual report

The Department's annual report covers its operations and presents a series of audited financial statements and performance indicators.

Read the annual reports

Page last reviewed 19 July 2021
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