The State Government’s creation of the Local Jobs Bill has taken a major step after the inaugural consultation meeting with key stakeholders from the energy sector.
Since the successful delivery of the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017, a major focus of the State Government has been the development of the Local Jobs Bill.
The objective of the Local Jobs Bill is to help build and diversify Western Australia’s economy by ensuring the benefits from projects within the Mining, Construction and Energy industry sectors flow through to local businesses, creating more jobs for Western Australians.
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) hosted the first Energy Industry Consultation group on May 8, which has been created from the LNG Jobs Taskforce.
One of the main focuses of the meeting was the further development of the Local Jobs Bill.
JTSI will form consultation groups from within mining and construction in the coming weeks, which will further create an environment that encourages close collaboration between government and industry.
The Mining Industry Consultation group will be formed from the Steel Fabrication Roundtable, with the lithium, gold and mineral sands industries also represented, while the Construction Industry Consultation group will be formed from the construction sector and key industry bodies.
An inter-departmental working group featuring members from JTSI, The Department of Premier and Cabinet, The Office of the Premier, State Solicitor’s Office, Department of Training and Workforce Development and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, has also been established to guide the drafting of the bill.
The three Industry Consultation Groups will help develop and collaborate on the inclusion of Skilled Work Agreements.
The Skilled Work Agreement will form part of the project approval process and will outline a project’s potential employment, skilling and contractual opportunities.