DBCA was formed on 1 July 2017. This followed Machinery of Government changes announced by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, which included creating a number of new amalgamated departments.

The department reports to:

DBCA incorporates the functions and staff of:

DBCA is led by Director General Mark Webb. Mark also acts as the Chief Executive Officer for the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and Zoological Parks Authority. 

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