Programs and initiatives
The City of Perth has a range of services and initiatives to support local businesses.
Ask for Angela
With the increase of online dating apps and platforms, there is a growing need to keep people on blind dates safe. As such, the City of Perth Liquor Accord are promoting the Ask for Angela campaign across Perth bars and restaurants to reduce sexual assault on dates.
In 2016, participating venues in Lincolnshire County in the UK commenced the Ask for Angela program. This program subtly let people know if they felt unsafe or uneasy on a date, they could approach bar staff and 'Ask for Angela'. The phrase alerts bar staff and enables them to defuse the situation discreetly.
Ask for Angela has now been introduced to licensed venues around the world, including UWA Tavern.
We encourage businesses within the City of Perth boundary to embrace this program as well. Download the Ask for Angela poster, train your staff and ready your venue for Ask for Angela.
The downloadable materials consist of a poster for front of house, toilets and other discrete areas, tips for venue staff and a checklist for venue management.
Share these materials with staff and:
- Decide on your own process for when someone Asks for Angela.
- Discuss the program with staff and carry out training.
- Practice the process with staff.
- Put up posters for the public to see.
- Promote yourself as an Ask for Angela safe venue on your website, social media and through handouts.
If you have any questions on the program or downloads, please contact the City of Perth’s Community Safety department on 08 9461 3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waterwise Office Program
City of Perth, in partnership with the Water Corporation and the Property Council have launched a voluntary program to support the Perth commercial office sector to shift towards best practice water use.
The Waterwise Office Program is a free program that provides resources and recognition to owners and managers of office buildings that commit to improving water efficiency in their buildings. Office buildings that are larger than 5,000m2 NLA in size or consume more than 5,000kL per annum are eligible to participate in the Waterwise Office Program.
To join the program the building owner or an owner’s representative must sign a letter to commitment to:
- Complete a Water Management Plan within three months of signing up to the program.
- Provide feedback annually regarding the progress of actions within the Water Management Plan to the Program Partners.
Buildings that meet the above criteria will be listed as a participant of the Waterwise Office Program on the Program Partner’s websites.
Further details about the program, including how to join, are available on the Water Corporation's website.
The international award winning CitySwitch Green Office Program is a no-cost service offering commercial office tenants support to improve sustainability in their offices.
The City of Perth facilitates the national CitySwitch Green Office Program in Perth. Run in partnership with the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, this internationally awarded program is a high-value no-cost service which supports commercial office tenants to improve sustainability through the provision of a range of services.
CitySwitch assists commercial offices interested in energy efficiency, sustainable office waste management, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, procuring green power and becoming carbon neutral. It facilitates links to other programs, information sources, industry bodies and communities of interest. The annual CitySwitch awards program celebrates and rewards leaders in sustainability.
There are more than 800 tenancies nationally participating in CitySwitch, from multinational giants to small-to-medium size enterprises and offices from all levels of government. If laid flat, the 3.5 million square metres of office space covered under CitySwitch would nearly cover the whole of Kings Park.
In 2016, these signatories collectively saved $14.9 million from avoided energy costs and saved 380,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. That’s the equivalent of building a wind farm with nearly 100 wind turbines.
How to participate
Get in touch with the CitySwitch Program Manager at City of Perth to understand how your organisation can benefit from being a signatory.
Work with your executive management to select your environmental target (NABERS energy rating of 4.5 to 6 stars) and confirm your commitment to the program.
Work with the CitySwitch Program Manager, internal teams and the CitySwitch resource hub to identify areas of maximum opportunity for energy efficiency savings and build the business case.
Implement your projects leveraging lessons from the CitySwitch network.
Reflect on the efficacy of your projects using your annual NABERS rating and the CitySwitch Progress Report.
Submit your projects for recognition by your peers at the annual CitySwitch Awards.
Return to the planning phase to identify the next priority projects.
For more information, please visit the CitySwitch website.
Grants and sponsorship for business
To help leverage off Perth's competitive advantages, the City of Perth has created a comprehensive framework of business grants and sponsorships which provide targeted funding to further enhance the City's reputation for business excellence. For more information please visit the Grants and sponsorship page.