The network is now made up of representatives from nine public sector agencies. Members are involved with one or more of the portfolios/areas of cultural diversity, community diversity, access, equity and participation, substantive equality, inclusion, service delivery, primary support services, and strategy, policy and planning.
The purpose of the WA Across-Government Network (WACAN) is to identify and share information on key issues affecting WA's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities and to facilitate the development and promotion of strategic responses through either a whole of government approach or individual agency responses.
The aims of the network are to:
- open communication channels
- facilitate cross-departmental collaboration
- develop across departmental perspectives
- share good practice stories
- identify common issues
- where possible, propose workable strategies to help ensure improved service delivery approaches for CaLD consumers.
The network has been able to provide significant input into government policies and programs related to CaLD issues and has proved to be a valuable resource for feedback on the implementation of policies and services.