Katanning is a country town situated in the heart of the Great Southern region, located 277 km south-east of Perth, Western Australia. The town has a local population of 4,200. It offers the advantages of a rural lifestyle, with the convenience of easy access to the cities of Perth, Albany and Bunbury. While the area is essentially agricultural, the town is a regional centre with access to a range of recreation and leisure facilities, government, health and education services, as well as a diverse retail and business district.
Katanning enjoys a moderate climate with cool, wet winters averaging 15 degrees and hot summer temperatures reaching 30 degrees. Katanning is one of the most culturally diverse regional centres in Western Australia. The community is home to people from over fifty different language groups. It is a harmonious place to live that has embraced the different cultural and religious backgrounds of the community.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Katanning
Katanning office has a small, friendly team with a customer liaison officer who has worked at the same office for nearly forty years. The team work in a very spacious heritage building within walking distance to the shops.
Katanning staff enjoys working in a multi-cultural community - the diversity of which is also reflected in the team. The Department has very positive relationships with other government and non-government agencies in town, often working together creatively to achieve positive outcomes for children and families in the area. The team in Albany also provide regular outreach support to the Katanning office which ensures that all staff is a part of the wider Great Southern district.
Katanning as one of the nine Super Towns benefits from Royalties for Regions funding to create new infrastructure, new business opportunities and new jobs to attract more investment and more people to live in WA’s SuperTowns, it is however still small enough to retain a good community feel to it.