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The Department of Commerce was formed on 1 January 2009 as a result of the Department of Industry and Resources being abolished under the Barnett Government. Two other departments - the Department of State Development and the Department of Mines and Petroleum - were formed as a result of this departmental restructure.
The Department of Commerce was tasked with working with the Western Australian community to ensure high standards of safety and protection for workers and consumers, as well as promoting and fostering innovative industries, science and enterprise and Aboriginal economic development. The Department comprises seven divisions: Consumer Protection; Energy Safety; Labour Relations; Science and Innovation; WorkSafe; Corporate Services and the Office of the Director General.
Under the McGowan Government, the functions of the Department of Commerce were split and assigned to new departments on 1 July 2017. The industry promotion and innovation functions were assigned to the newly formed Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and the regulatory and Labour Relations functions were assigned to the newly formed Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.