From 1 July 2017, the role and functions of the Swan River Trust were merged with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The Department has created a new Rivers and Estuaries Division which, working with other divisions and government agencies, will ensure a focus on the highest priorities in river science, protection, conservation and management.

Amendments to give effect to the merger were made to the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006. Under these changes, the day to day management of the Swan Canning Riverpark has become a function of Parks and Wildlife. 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions role as caretaker of one of Perth’s most famous natural treasures sees staff work with community, industry, local government and other State Government agencies to maintain and improve the ecological health of the Swan Canning Riverpark. This will help ensure the community can enjoy the Swan and Canning rivers and the catchment now and into the future.

The Swan River Trust remains as an advisory body, providing independent, high level advice to the Minister for Environment and to the Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on matters affecting the rivers.