Regions, both within Western Australia and across Australia, face one certainty - continual change. For some regions this change will be gradual, for others it will be radical. In many cases the change, either positive or negative, will be a consequence of the policies and practices adopted by all levels of government.
This paper provides an overview of development policies and practices adopted by governments in Western Australia, and applying to all regions including the metropolitan area. The focus is primarily on activities at the State level.
A brief history of development in Western Australia is followed by more detailed discussion of the policies and practices developed between 1983 and 1993 by the recently deposed Labor government. Finally, consideration is given to the announced regional development promises of the recently elected Liberal/National party Coalition Government.