The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA or Authority) manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park in Perth, Western Australia
The Botanic Garden and Parks Authority sits within the portfolio of the Hon. Reece Raymond Whitby MLA, Minister for Environment; Climate Action. He was appointed to the position in December, 2021.
The strategic direction of the Authority is largely dictated by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 and Botanic Gardens and Parks Regulations 1999. Key documents such as the BGPA Strategic Priorities 2020-25, Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan and Bold Park Management Plan assist in the ongoing care of our designated lands and can be accessed via the Plans and Policies section.
On 1 July 2017, the BGPA became a part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), an amalgamation that also includes Parks and Willidfe Services, Perth Zoo and Rottnest Island. The BGPA remains a statutory authority with a governing Board of Management.
The Botanic Garden and Parks Authority receives significant funding from the State Government of Western Australia. Additional revenue is generated through various commercial activities including lease and licensing arrangements, all proceeds from Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop and fee-for-service activities. Corporate partnerships, grants and generous donations from individuals and organisations also provide critical funding support.
There are nearly 150 staff employed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, including permanent, part-time, casual and contract staff.
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is very proud of its past achievements and current levels of service delivery. We are committed to sustaining and continuously improving its high quality services and recognises its success is dependent on ongoing support from Government, the community, sponsors, partners, volunteers and importantly an appropriately skilled, passionate and dedicated workforce.
The Authority is committed to the principles of Respect and Equity and this includes working with people, visitors, lands and our diverse heritage with respect and providing a safe and accessible work and visitor environment where each individual is valued equally. It is also committed to the principles of Inclusiveness and Excellence which includes building and sustaining an effective community of staff, volunteers and stakeholders and striving to achieve excellence through continuous innovation and improvement.
We maintain a workplace environment and culture that is conducive to optimum performance and employee satisfaction. We ensure that equal employment opportunity practices are adhered to and this is reflected in its workforce. We are committed to sustaining an effective and efficient workplace free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
All employees are treated in a fair and equitable manner and the Authority ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, inducted, trained, guided, supported and recognised throughout their employment. We actively encourage all people, including those with disability, Aboriginal Australians, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park enjoy the devotion of hundreds of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Together they make Kings Park and Botanic Garden the iconic and inspiring place it is to Western Australians and visitors alike.
If you have a passion for native plants, conservation, local heritage, learning or meeting people, becoming a volunteer offers great satisfaction and rewards. Visit our Get involved section for all the latest information.