Training and Workforce Development

Training and Workforce Development

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Research papers

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has identified relevant research and reports that relate to workforce development. These reports have been included in a literature review for the development of the discussion paper that will inform Skilling WA: a workforce development plan for Western Australia. Stakeholders were invited to comment on the discussion paper through workshops and submissions earlier this year.

The Workforce Planning Handbook published by Standards Australia 2008 provides guidelines to inform business managers of how to incorporate workforce planning into normal business practice. There is also a step by step guide to workforce planning, useful references and links to related websites. It is available for purchase online here.

  • To aid in the consultation process, the Department of Training and Workforce Development commissioned the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia to provide an industry perspective on issues associated with skilled migration. You can access the final CCIWA Skilled Migration in Western Australia report here.
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Regional workforce development plans

The Department of Training and Workforce Development in conjunction with the Regional Development Commissions and regionally based stakeholder alliances have undertaken the following regional workforce development plans.

Workforce Development Strategy, Peel Region

This document outlines the Peel 10 year integrated workforce development strategy, addressing the supply of, and the demand for, a labour force in the Peel Region. A wide-ranging stakeholder consultation process was undertaken, as well as data collection and analysis. This report was written in November 2006.

Summary Report, Workforce Plan, Goldfields, Esperance Region

This document provides a summary of the background report. This document also includes the Goldfields-Esperance workforce plan. For detailed information on the research, the methods used, or the findings, please see the background report available at

Workforce Futures for the Goldfields Esperance Region

In 2007 the Department of Education and Training, working in partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Workforce Development Alliance (GEWDA), commissioned The University of Western Australia to prepare a strategic workforce plan for the Goldfields-Esperance region.

South West Corridor Workforce Development Plan 2009-2024

In 2009 South West Group in consultation with the Department of Education and Training and other key stakeholders developed the South West Corridor workforce development plan 2009-2024. This project was funded under the National Skills Shortages Strategy on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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Resourcing the future

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib, Minister for Employment Participation and the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy have released the National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce report, Resourcing the future July 2010.

In preparing the report the Taskforce consulted widely with stakeholders. The report provides recommendations for governments, the resources sector and other key stakeholders to ensure a skilled workforce is in place for the construction and operations of major resources sector projects over the next five years.

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Aboriginal workforce development strategy

The Hon Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Training and Workforce Development released the Training together – working together: Aboriginal workforce development strategy on Friday 4 June 2010.

Training together – working together is an initiative of the Minister for Training and Workforce Development, in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and industry, to increase the number of Aboriginal people in training for sustainable employment in Western Australia.

Learn more about the initiative and the strategy.


Page last updated 27 September 2012