In just the first year of the McGowan Government’s WA Jobs Act, and Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) almost 12,800 jobs have been supported.
Around 660 apprenticeships and traineeships have also been linked to the State Government’s nine Pilot Projects, established under the WAIPS.
WAIPS is a key component of the WA Jobs Act and helps to deliver on the government's expectation that opportunities for WA businesses must be maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.
Under WAIPS, prospective suppliers are required to submit participation plans which outlines their commitments to employment and involves local businesses in supply opportunities.
So far, 93 participation plans have been submitted, which indicate local sourcing intentions of over 90 per cent of contract value.
WAIPS ensures government spending creates opportunities for local businesses and WA workers and this has been maximised under the Pilot Projects, including the Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion, Reid Highway Dual Carriageway Project, New Museum Project - Stage 2 and METRONET Railcar Procurement.
The McGowan Government is also delivering jobs in the regions, with WAIPS supporting an estimated 3,980 regional jobs, including 262 apprenticeships and traineeships on projects such as the Berth 3 Deck and Fender Replacement Project at the Port of Port Hedland.
Premier Mark McGowan said the WA Jobs Act was an important part of his Government’s economic plan to strengthen and diversify the WA economy and create jobs.
“This is a vital election commitment that ensure, where possible, work on government infrastructure or services is undertaken by local workers,” he said.
“The State Government spends about $27 billion a year on goods, services and works for the community. Through the strategy, this Government is making sure that public funding for these programs is being better used to create jobs for Western Australians and support local small and medium businesses.
“These figures are a great result for Western Australians and we will continue to build this program in consultation with industry to deliver even more jobs for local workers in the future.”