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New State CCTV Strategy for WA – Public Feedback Sought

Western Australian State CCTV Strategy

A new draft CCTV strategy has been released by Police Minister the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA which will maximise benefits to the community from CCTV systems.

The WA State Government made a commitment in 2013 to develop an integrated State CCTV network and establish a Crime Prevention Infrastructure Fund.

The Western Australian State CCTV Strategy has been released for public comment to ensure the initiatives contained in the document completely reflect community need.

“CCTV is now widespread in our communities as a crime prevention and detection mechanism used by the public, businesses and government, yet there’s considerable scope for it to be more effective for all, without impinging upon privacy,” Mrs Harvey said.

The four elements of the strategy are:

  • Refreshing the existing State CCTV Register (currently called Blue Iris) to provide better functionality and operability for those CCTV owners who want to provide information voluntarily about CCTV cameras facing public areas.
  • Vastly improved information for CCTV system owners, both public and private, to ensure systems are the best possible and fit-for-purpose.
  • Providing the infrastructure for a smaller sub-set of CCTV owners with large numbers of public-facing cameras to connect those cameras to police and others, if agreed by the camera owners.
  • Testing a mobile phone video sharing solution, so contributing to a safer and more secure WA is not just limited to CCTV owners.

A number of laws already govern how CCTV may be used in WA and the privacy of the community had been a strong consideration in developing the strategy.

Read the draft Western Australian State CCTV Strategy. Comments from the public are invited and can be emailed to
CCTV Feedback by COB Friday 26 June.