About the Department

About the Department

Western Australia’s diversifying economy and changing industry needs require a labour force that is skilled, versatile and highly competitive. Established in 2009, WA’s Department of Training and Workforce Development provides leadership in training and workforce development to drive a responsive, flexible and quality training system to meet the needs of industry and build a strong and successful future for our community.

Our vision is that all Western Australians can be part of a skilled workforce to meet the State’s economic and community needs.


Our work

We work closely with industry, government and the community across Western Australia to support and facilitate training and workforce development strategies that will build, attract and retain a skilled workforce for now and into the future.

This is achieved through our focus on:

  • planning and leading the State Government response to workforce development issues in Western Australia;
  • growing Western Australia’s workforce through attraction, retention, participation and skilled migration strategies;
  • providing career development services that support individuals to plan and reach employment and career goals;
  • delivering an innovative, flexible and responsive vocational and education training system; and
  • governing the Department’s services and performance systems to ensure they are client centred, of the highest quality and managed in an open, transparent and accountable manner.

Key documents

Our current business operations are driven and informed by the following.

Strategic plan 2014–2018
Our strategic plan focuses on five goals that articulate the vision and standards we aim to achieve.
View the 2014–2018 Strategic plan document

Skilling WA workforce development plan
Developed in collaboration with industry and government agencies, Skilling WA is a workforce planning and development strategy to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce.
View the Skilling WA document

WA State training plan 2017–2020
Developed by the WA State Training Board, the State Training Plan 2017–2020 identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of WA's industries, and contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the economy and labour market.
You can find out more about the WA State Training Plan on the State Training Board website

Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019
The Department embraces the spirit of reconciliation and plays a key role in helping Aboriginal people in our community acquire skills, qualifications and employment. Our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019, launched on 1 June 2017, strengthens our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage and creating greater opportunities for Aboriginal people including our staff, clients and partners.
View the Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 document

Disability access and inclusion plan 2017–2021
Our new Disability access and inclusion plan demonstrates the Department's commitment to support and assist the State's workforce and vocational education and training sector to be more accessible, particularly for people with disability.
View the Disability access and inclusion plan document

Page last updated December 03, 2016