August 6th, 2020

As part of our series of what is happening around the States Recovery 2020: Western Australia Recovery Plan

Western Australia is working to restore the economy and industry, support the community and build new infrastructure to create jobs.

“The WA Recovery Plan will support and strengthen our existing industries, as well as lay the foundation for jobs of the future” said Western Australia’s Minister for Education and Training, The Hon Sue Ellery.

The $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan outlines how the State will bounce back and reposition itself as a thriving and innovative place in which to live, work, visit and do business

The plan has 21 priority streams, each underpinned by direct commitments, including investment, resourcing and programs of work. The scope is comprehensive, ranging from new technologies, local manufacturing and training to tourism, patient care and the environment.

It will help to create jobs and training opportunities for future industries, boosting the economy. Providing investment and incentives, helping restore business and consumer confidence, and rebuilding the economy.

WA Recovery program

Biggest TAFE investment in history

Western Australia’s biggest TAFE investment in history is underway, with a $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

The upgrades to TAFEs will create world-class learning opportunities for students, while generating a pipeline of jobs. TAFE fees will also be slashed by up to 72 per cent on 39 high priority courses through the Lower fees, local skills program.

Western Australia has funded $25 million for free short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians.

Infrastructure: Road and rail projects keeping Western Australia moving

Western Australia are prioritising major road and rail projects across the state. The construction of METRONET and associated program of works is the largest single investment ever in public transport in Western Australia. These projects will stimulate local economies and create local jobs.

Housing and Construction

Western Australia is helping to restart the housing and construction sectors by providing incentives to build new homes, creating jobs, and delivering more social and affordable housing. Rebuilding business confidence and providing ongoing work.

A $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery package will also support vulnerable communities. It will create work opportunities, about 1700 jobs, with 780 in regional Western Australia.

 

WA : We’re all in this together.

Green Jobs Plan

The Green Jobs Plan will support projects that will protect our environment and create more than 1,000 conservation jobs State-wide. Providing employment opportunities to industries including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna.

Rehiring Displaced Apprentices

Employers will receive up to $6000 to rehire apprentices and trainees who lost their job due to the pandemic, ensuring young people complete their qualifications and employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers.

While we focus on getting industry back on its feet and fast-tracking WA jobs, it’s equally important we continue to keep our community safe, support people who have been most affected and protect our most vulnerable. Our recovery priorities seek to improve business and consumer confidence, employment opportunities and growth.

Reskilling our workforce

Practical skills-based training will become more accessible for Western Australians looking to step up, reskill and contribute to rebuilding our economy.

Culture and The Arts

“The State Government is providing a much-needed boost to the culture and arts sector as part of the WA Recovery Plan and we’ll continue to develop appropriate responses into the future.

Massive $76 million recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

  • State Government’s WA Recovery Plan for culture and the arts includes a $30 million redevelopment of Western Australia’s iconic Perth Concert Hall
  • The recovery plan also includes a $15 million upgrade to His Majesty’s Theatre and $6 million towards a Jewish Community Centre in Yokine
  • $2 million to go towards the development of online portals for Aboriginal art sales and presentation of performing arts activity
  • Proposed initiatives, including targeted funding for culture and the arts in the regions, will help the sector’s social and economic recovery from COVID-19
Supporting tourism

A $14.4 million package will help small tourism operators across WA refocus their businesses. With $10.4 million going into the tourism recovery fund, where 1,600 small businesses can receive $6,500 one-off cash grants. $4 million will go to operators in exceptionally difficult circumstances. Where they will be able to receive $25,000 to $100,000.

 

For more of what is happening during National Skills Week 2020 and to get involved to show your support for Vocational education and Training and strengthening Australia’s economy  :  National Skills Week Events