Since the implementation of the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) in 2018, an estimated 43,297 jobs have been supported in WA.
The WAIPS delivers on the Western Australian Government’s commitment that local businesses receive a greater share of the estimated $30 billion spent by the state each year on procurement.
The strategy complements the requirements of the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 (WA Jobs Act) in creating local jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
The WAIPS is also delivering jobs in regional WA with an estimated 11,944 supported in the regions.
Since WAIPS become fully operational in October 2018, more than 2,800 apprenticeships and traineeships have been supported, including 986 in regional areas.
Over this period WAIPS has consistently recorded local sourcing of approximately 90% of contract values.
Under WAIPS, prospective suppliers are required to submit participation plans that outline their commitments to employment and involving local businesses in supply opportunities.
In November 2020, the WA Government updated WAIPS in line with their commitment to continually improve the strategy through ongoing consultation with stakeholders.
The Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Roger Cook said WAIPS was an important part of the Government’s economic plan to strengthen and diversify the WA economy and create more local jobs.
“This is the first time a WA Government has effectively managed local industry participation in public sector procurement through legislation, evaluation and reporting,” he said.
“Supporting more than 43,000 jobs in less than three years shows the WA Jobs Act is working, creating opportunities for local businesses, apprenticeships and jobs.”
For more visit the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy.