Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Video Management Systems are compatible with the State CCTV Strategy’s Connected CCTV Solution?
A. WA Police have not yet completed procurement of the Connected CCTV Solution and at this stage only general advice can be provided. This advice has been collated into the Fact Sheet - SDK Availability and VMS Integration ( 65kb). Once WA Police procurement for the proposed solution has been completed a list of compatible systems will be published.

Q. What is a hotspot?
A. A crime hotspot is generally defined as an area containing dense clusters of criminal incidents. For the purpose of the State CCTV Strategy grants process, this focusses on offences against the person.

Q. A sculpture in our LGA area is regularly vandalised and there have been some offences against people. Can our LGA apply to the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure fund for a CCTV camera to monitor this location?
A. Funding would not be provided on the basis of the vandalism alone. The antisocial behaviour would need to be represented in the WA Police hot spot maps to be considered. These maps indicate the volume of offences against a person(s) at a given location from recorded information where an aggrieved person lodges a formal report.

Q. The main traffic lights outside the bus station is a general area that our LGA would like to monitor. Can our LGA apply to the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure fund for a CCTV camera to monitor this location?
A. A review of the existing Government and Private industry CCTV infrastructure at that location should be conducted in the first instance. The state CCTV Strategy considers all cameras at a given location when assessing grant applications. The existence of cameras owner by others does not preclude the application for additional cameras under the LGA grants process.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of cameras or size of the system our LGA can apply for under the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure fund?
A. No, however at this stage there is only $5 million available under the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure Fund.

Q. Can our LGA apply for grant funding to lease CCTV cameras or other equipment?
A. No, grants under the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure Fund are only available to purchase new or upgrade existing CCTV cameras and related CCTV infrastructure. Please refer to the LGA funding guidelines available on our website.

Q. Are there any limitations on the types of equipment our LGA can apply for under the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure fund?
A. Some CCTV systems available on the market are proprietary and therefore may not be compatible with a future State connected solution. These systems may be discouraged during the application process. Grant applicants will also be required to adhere to the Australia and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency’s (ANZPAA) Police Recommendations for CCTV Systems, and the local interpretation guide produced by WA Police to assist with implementing these recommendations under the State CCTV Strategy.

Q. Will the funding meet any ongoing costs of the system?
A. No.

Q. Our LGA area has multiple hot spots. Can we submit more than one application?
A. Yes, however the State CCTV Strategy has only limited funding available.

Q. Can our LGA partner with private industry?
A. Grants under the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure Fund are only available for the purchase of cameras and associated hardware by the LGA, provided that the grant funded equipment always remains the property of the LGA and is connected to the LGA’s recording system. However, a LGA may enter into other complimentary arrangement if they so wish.

Q. Are there minimum recommendations for image quality that our LGA may be required to meet?
A. Yes, Grant applicants will be required to adhere to the Australia and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency’s (ANZPAA) Police Recommendations for CCTV Systems, and the local interpretation guide produced by WA Police to assist with implementing these recommendations under the State CCTV Strategy. A range of documents that will assist you are available on our website.

Q. Can the funding be used for ANPR / Thermal Imaging cameras?
A. All applications for cameras will be considered, irrespective of their type. As with all applications, the decision to fund will be determined on the perceived need and value for money proposition put forward by the applicant. It should be noted that ANPR cameras form only one part of the number plate recognition process and that they do not in themselves, provide a reference/alert list recognition function.

Q. Can our LGA use the funding to purchase Dummy CCTV Cameras?
A. No.

Q. Can our LGA use the funding to purchase data packs from Telecommunications providers?
A. No.

Q. Can our LGAs CCTV project take longer than twelve months to commission?
A. No, the project must be fully commissioned, including technical and financial acquittal, before the end of 2016. However, if you have concerns in this regard, you should discuss these with the State CCTV Strategy Secretariat during the EOI submission process.

Q. Can our LGA application for cameras be part of a relocatable or rapid deployment camera solution?
A. The principal purpose of the State CCTV Strategy Infrastructure grants funding is aimed at static location style installations at formally identified hotspots, there may be opportunity to access funding for one or more of the above variations provided that all of the funded cameras link to a central recording point that meets the needs of the broader objectives of the State CCTV Strategy and that the proposal addresses the formally identified hotspot criteria. Stand-alone camera/recording solutions are not eligible for consideration.

Q. Part of our LGA CCTV system offers views of our works yard and we would like to expand more of our cameras to cover the back end of the yard. Can we apply for a grant to do this?
A. No, the State CCTV Strategy grants funding is specifically for addressing issues associated with identified hotspots. Funds are not available for asset protection outcomes.