Media Releases

Mission to sell WA as the ideal sea change

17 February 2023

Police and Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia will lead a mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland later this month, selling the State's higher wages, lower cost of living, and surf and sunshine lifestyle to workers.

New firearms crackdown to bolster public safety

14 February 2023

Very high-powered firearms that are dangerous at significantly longer ranges and capable of piercing armour plating will be outlawed in Western Australia from 1 July 2023.

Western Australian defence researchers awarded a total of $127,500

09 February 2023

Eleven successful defence researchers have been awarded a total of $127,500 from the McGowan Government through the Defence Science Centre (DSC) Research Higher Degree Student Grants program.

Firearms Crackdown to Include Mandatory Mental Health Checks

05 February 2023

The McGowan Government will introduce mandatory mental health checks for Western Australian gun owners as part of its commitment to overhaul the State's outdated firearms laws and put community safety first.

Call to ‘start something’ with WA’s defence industry

23 January 2023

The McGowan Government has committed an additional $11 million over the next four years to ensure a pipeline of skilled professional and para-professional workers in the defence industry, building on previous investments to boost Western Australia's defence industry capabilities.