Repay WA is the name used to describe community work projects carried out by offenders who have been given a sentence by the Courts to be served in the community. Seen as an effective sentencing option, the projects give offenders a way to repay their debt to society.
In 2008/09, offenders performed more than 180,000 hours of work on community projects. At any one time, there are about 400 community work projects operating from Derby to Albany, saving WA taxpayers more than $2.8 million.
Offenders have to be assessed as suitable to take part in Repay WA work. There is more information about eligibility on Community Based Orders (PDF 126 KB) fact sheet.
Repay WA relies on not-for-profit and community organisations to nominate work projects that provide meaningful work opportunities for offenders. Community work projects may include graffiti and vandalism clean-ups, landscaping, recycling or restoration projects.
Last updated: 7-Mar-2010