Programs and initiatives

The City of Perth has a range of services and initiatives to support local businesses.


CityWatch is a free City of Perth service which is available to retailers and traders in central Perth and Northbridge. Once registered with the program, participants will be advised by SMS of safety issues or criminal activity near their premises. These relate to criminal activities or emergency situations that may affect your business and surrounding area. 

The Citywatch Surveillance Centre works closely with WA Police to help ensure a fast and effective response to emergency situations and to assist in the detection and prosecution of offenders. Citywatch operates 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, monitoring over 400 cameras across the city centre, Northbridge, East Perth and key public spaces. 

  • What are the benefits?
    • Notification via SMS to registered mobile phones, of significant events in the vicinity of your business, when they are reported to authorities. 
    • Real time monitoring by surveillance officers and response by police to events. 
    • Heightened awareness of negative events nearby enables you to take precautionary measures and be on the lookout for suspicious activities. 
    • Reduced risk of criminal activity at your business. 
  • How do I register?

    To find out more and to register, go to the City of Perth CityWatch page. Your details and contact information is kept confidential and only used by the City of Perth when we need to contact you. If you have any problems registering for CityWatch please email

  • What if I have more than one business or venue location?

    You will receive a text message when there is an incident of concern in your immediate area.

    Situations include: 

    • Major crimes eg. armed robbery. 
    • Emergency situations eg. bomb threat, fire. 
    • Events where you or your business or staff could be under threat eg. flood, crowd incident.
    • Frequent crime eg. fraud, theft.

    You will be advised what to do in each situation. If you notice anything unusual or of concern that may be linked to the incident about which you have been notified, please contact the Surveillance Centre on (08) 9461 6611 to report it. 

  • How do I change my details?
    If your contact or business details change, you can update your information online, by clicking on the Already Registered button. Click on the Change my Details button and follow the prompts. 

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. 

  • About CitySwitch

    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.  

  • Program achievements

    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.