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Introducing Jobs and Skills WA

Renewing the focus on vocational education and training and jobs in 2018.

Since 2013, Future Skills WA has been the way the State Government, via the Department of Training and Workforce Development, prioritised its investment in training and procurement of training delivery services through a funding and policy framework aligned with State priority qualifications. The WA Labor Government’s new Plan for Jobs initiative is a major election commitment to help create new jobs for Western Australians. It outlines plans and strategies that represent a significant re-focus on creating new jobs in a broader range of industries through increasing training opportunities that deliver employment outcomes for our community and support growth and diversity in the State’s economy.

To support Plan for Jobs, from 1 January 2018 the Department is consolidating all customer-facing operations related to training and workforce development into a new program – Jobs and Skills WA.

Many important industry qualifications are subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, and our investment in training is focused on courses that enable people to gain skills for jobs that are, or will be, in high demand by industries and businesses in Western Australia. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications. Foundation skills and equity courses to build literacy, numeracy and employability skills continue to be subsidised, to support people in improving their training and employment outcomes. Additionally, contracting arrangement processes for publicly funded training providers have been streamlined and strengthened under Jobs and Skills WA, to support greater quality training provision and offer enhanced choices to students and employers.

A new Jobs and Skills WA website will launch in 2018 as the main customer-facing portal for all information related to vocational education and training, career development and workforce development. 2018 will also see the establishment of Jobs and Skills Centres which will be located across six metropolitan locations and seven regional locations, and a number of outreach services. The centres will be a one-stop shop for information, support and services related to training, career development and workforce development. More information about the new Jobs and Skills WA website and centres will be available early in 2018.

For enquiries or further information, please contact the Department's Communications and Marketing team via email to communications.marketing@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Seasons greetings to all our clients

Temporary closure through Christmas and new year period

Information about our hours of operation

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s services are closed from Monday 25 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018, inclusive.

All services will resume operation on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

In the meantime please explore our website for relevant information and resources.

We look forward to working with you in the new year. 

Governing council membership: Expressions of interest open

Help shape the strategic direction of training in Western Australia.

The Minister for Education and Training is looking for people with effective leadership and strategic thinking skills and the ability to work collegiately within the TAFE sector to help shape training to meet future industry and community needs throughout Western Australia. If you have these skills, knowledge of vocational education and training, experience in community and industry engagement, and a record of service to industry or the community, express your interest now.

Under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996, governing councils play a key role in the strategic management of TAFE colleges within the Western Australian Government policy framework. Members of Governing Councils are remunerated for their services.

Expressions of interest for membership of the following TAFE college governing councils are invited.

  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
  • Central Regional TAFE
  • South Regional TAFE

Expressions of interest are also sought for the:

  • Chairperson position at all TAFE college governing councils;  and
  • Deputy Chairperson at all TAFE college governing councils.

The McGowan Government is committed to increasing the representation of women on Government boards and committees. Women are encouraged to apply for governing council membership, or alternatively, register with OnBoardWA to express interest. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; and people from culturally diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please send a brief curriculum vitae of no more than two pages, using the approved proforma below by Friday 19 January 2018 – preferably by email to helen.victor@dtwd.wa.gov.au  or by mail to:

Ms Helen Victor
Executive Services
Department of Training and Workforce Development
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Information package

Ms Helen Victor
Department of Training and Workforce Development
E: helen.victor@dtwd.wa.gov.au
T: 08 6551 5022

Note: Recommended applicants will be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Applicants with a convictions record are not automatically precluded from appointment to the governing council, each case will be considered on its merits.

Jobs Bill passes through State Parliament

Supporting local business, creating jobs.

The McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill passed through the Legislative Council on 7 December, ensuring Western Australians will get a bigger share of work on good and services provided by the State Government. The Jobs Bill was a key election commitment designed to support local businesses to tender for government contracts, creating more jobs for local workers.

Under the new laws, local businesses will be given more opportunities to compete for government contracts, particularly in the area of infrastructure. Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender, and these plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered.

The Bill includes a requirement for a new Industry Participation Strategy to guide the implementation of the new laws. WA's local content policies and guidelines are being reviewed as part of the development of this strategy. The new laws also allow the government to declare a major project a 'project of strategic significance for the WA economy' to create more opportunities for local content.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"The Jobs Bill is a key component of the Government's Plan for Jobs and its passage through the Parliament will provide a boost to jobs in WA. The Bill was an important election commitment that we made a priority since being elected in March. The new laws set out this Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers are maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.

"Each year, the State Government spends billions of dollars on goods, services and works for the community. The Jobs Bill is all about making sure Western Australian businesses get a bigger share of this work. We expect the new laws will create more opportunities for local small businesses and more local jobs. I am proud to lead a government that is working hard to secure more work for Western Australians."


WA WorldSkills medallists applauded

Celebrating a record year of achievements in 2017!

It was a morning of celebration on Tuesday 21 November as over 600 people travelled from all over Western Australia to applaud the achievements of the 2017 WorldSkills WA regional competition medallists. The breakfast ceremony was opened by Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, who praised the talent of the 150 medallists that competed across 22 different trade categories.

This year there were a record number of VET in Schools (VETiS) medallists and it was also the first year many competitions were run including VETiS hairdressing, VETiS plumbing, VETiS wall and floor tiling and a motorcycle mechanic competition. In total:

  • 42 medals went to North Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • 39 medals went to to South Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • our regional WA TAFEs took home 21 medals between them; and
  • 11 students from private training providers also won medals.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the winners and acknowledged the commitment of the lecturers whose dedication had enabled the competitions to be run in what had been a busy year, and then presented the 2017 Hall of Fame awards which recognised a handful of those dedicated trainers.

The ceremony concluded with MC Narelda Jacobs calling the medal winners and new members of the 2017 WA Skill Squad back to the stage, many of whom might have the chance to represent their State at the National Championships in Sydney next year.


Pictured above: All the medallists who were able to attend the 2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation, on stage for a final celebration of their achievements.
(View the full size version of the photo here)

WA is home to Australia's best trainer!

A passion for training inspires excellence

North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

Jane was named Western Australia's Trainer of the Year 2017 at the WA Training Awards in September, where judges commended Jane’s ability to make a positive difference in student’s lives including using innovative training methods to match the context of situation or environment. Judges were impressed with her dedication to continuous improvement and contributions to the industry and selected her to vie for the national title.

Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood.

Jane said it felt amazing to add Australian Trainer of the Year to her credentials after twenty plus years of teaching. “I am delighted and I think it's going to have a big impact on my career. Already I've been asked to consult at a national level so I'm really excited to see what other opportunities come my way,” she said. While awards were nice, Jane said teaching itself was the greatest reward. “Seeing students achieve their dreams and goals, especially students who have struggled and overcome adversity, is the best part of my job.”

Jane thanked all the staff at North Metropolitan TAFE for always supporting her including Michelle Hoad, Robyn O'Neill and husband and fellow lecturer Steve Goodfellow.

Picutred: Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, with her award.

New video resources for young workers

Understanding your rights and entitlements in the workplace.

In Australia there are rights and responsibilities that apply to all employees in all workplaces, but it can be difficult for young people who might get told things or be asked to do things that don't seem quite right, or who aren’t sure what to do or what their rights are when issues arise at work. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) have collaborated to develop a series of short videos to assist young people in better understanding their rights and entitlements in the workplace.  

  • Episode 1 – Workplace myths busted: lists five common workplace myths then busts them with real facts.
  • Episode 2 – Four warning signs: outlines four warning signs for young people where their rights and/or entitlements might be at risk
  • Episode 3 – How to address being treated unfairly at work: three steps to follow to find a resolution when being treated unfairly at work.
  • Episode 4 – Unpaid work: find out when it is and is not okay to complete unpaid work, such as volunteering or interning.
  • Episode 5 – Apprenticeships and traineeships: provides apprentices and trainees with five hot tips on their rights and entitlements.
  • Episode 6 – Like a boss: six workplace tips to ensure the transition from an old job to a new job is smooth; like a boss.

These videos are available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s YouTube channel.

New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders

Exciting new program available at Muresk Institute 2018

A new course to skill the next generation of female agricultural leaders – the Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program – will be offered at Muresk Institute from 2018. The ELATE program, launched at Muresk by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery on the inaugural National Agriculture Day, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways.

The ELATE program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces. The course covers contemporary issues such as biosecurity, technology adoption, animal welfare and business innovation, and is particularly aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends.

Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs. Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year.

Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion. Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation. The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State. Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing. The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business. The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work. The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer. It's a win-win for both students and industry."

This media statement was originally published here, 21 November 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Pictured: (L to R) Muresk Institute farm supervisor Steve Wainewright, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, and Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins at the ELATE launch on 21 November 2017.

South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus stage 2 officially opens

New specialist facility for resources industry training.

New facilities to help students develop the skills required by the oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries are now available with stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus officially opened. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT)  – a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP.

More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources – further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace."

This media statement was originally published here, 17 November 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Pictured: students Thomas Leary, Harpreet Kaur Sohi and Ravaani Parteek with the Minister. Photo by South Metropolitan TAFE.

TAFE upgrade benefits students and wider community

Interactive student hub at Geraldton campus officially opens.

On 26 October Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened Central Regional TAFE's interactive student hub at the Geraldton campus, offering improved learning experiences for more than 500 students who access the facility each day. Equipped with a 24/7 computing lab, high speed Wi-Fi access, meeting spaces and an upgraded café, the hub is an asset to the greater Geraldton area and promotes engagement in campus life for students and a space for industry collaboration. The creation of the hub has provided an essential expansion to core library functions to support modern learning.

Smart architectural solutions have created a seamless link between the library and the café, two important student socialisation spaces, and the project has been extremely well received by staff and students alike.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:"The modern facilities give students a top quality learning environment close to home. The new student hub will allow the college to adapt to the changing requirements of students and deliver the skills needed for the workforce. It is also an asset to the wider community and local industry, providing opportunities for public access and support specific to the local job market."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan: "The hub is a timely addition that will meet the evolving requirements of students and industry. It will contribute towards Geraldton's vision as an education hub, supporting flexible training options and increasing the availability of a trained and skilled workforce in the Mid-West. The hub will enable regional residents to capitalise on job prospects, making a positive contribution to the regional economy."

This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs

Preparing for industry advancements, innovation and automation.

A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create.

New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia.

A recent report commissioned by the WA State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future.

Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years, and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative.  

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require."

This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program workshops a big success

Supporting Aboriginal school students into further education, training or employment.

In September the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre hosted a series of forums that connected graduating Aboriginal secondary school students and young jobseekers with employers, universities and former students.

The forums are a part of the AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program which aims to improve the transition rate of Aboriginal students into further education, training or employment after year 12.

More than 80 students attended the forums and met with representatives from 16 organisations. Each employer gave a short presentation about the career opportunities available within their organisation, their application processes and what support networks and/or cultural programs they have in place for Aboriginal employees. The students also had the opportunity to register with the AWDC, so the team can continue to help them with their post schooling goals.

Guest presenters included:

  • Shell;
  • Nudge;
  • Edith Cowan University;
  • Skill Hire;
  • WA Police;
  • Australian Defence Force;
  • Pindari;
  • University of WA;
  • Murdoch University;
  • Wesfarmers;
  • Ertech Construction;
  • St Catherines – Dandjoo Darbalung;
  • Woolworths;
  • Woodside;
  • Crown Perth; and
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

For more information about the Aboriginal Youth Transition Program and other services available to support Aboriginal jobseekers, please visit the AWDC website.

Apprenticeship Office consultations a great success

Further sessions planned for 2017–18.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office held two consultation sessions in August to seek feedback on training plan quality improvement. These training plan quality improvement stakeholder consultation sessions were part of a series of regular and ongoing information/consultation sessions that the Apprenticeship Office delivers to stakeholders on a range of topics and matters relating to the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.

At both consultation sessions over 100 attendees openly discussed some of the challenges and barriers they face in relation to meeting training plan compliance requirements. This information will assist Apprenticeship Office to identify ways to support the training providers in meeting the requirements in the future. The majority of the attendees have indicated, through their responses to a subsequent satisfaction survey, that they think the consultation sessions were useful and have increased their knowledge about the relevant requirements.

More consultation sessions are planned for 2017, and will be available for attendance both in-person and online. Keep an eye on the Apprenticeship Office section of our website for more information as it becomes available.

Launch of OnBoardWA

New WA Government initiative  increasing diversity on boards and committees.

On 20 September 2017 the WA Government launched a new initiative – OnBoardWA – to increase diversity on Government boards and committees. This initiative is one tool to assist in achieving the goal of 50% representation of women across all Government boards and committees by 2019, including in chair and deputy chair roles.

A new website and register has been created at onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au to allow potential candidates to register their interest in being considered for board and committee appointments. Decision-makers will be able to search this register to identify suitable candidates and the wealth of excellent women leaders can be reached more effectively.

In a media statement for the launch of OnBoardWA, the Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA said:

"Government boards and committees rely on community members willing to offer their time, experience, expertise and advice. A cross-section of the community is needed to voice new ideas. For this to happen, it is imperative we increase the number of potential nominees through the OnBoardWA register. To ensure our State reaches its full potential, we must also fully utilise the skills, insights, perspectives and experiences of women. As a Government, we are responsible for many of the interventions required to close the gender gap. Gender balance on decision making bodies improves performance, provides representative leadership and produces real economic benefits. Our decisions are purposeful; we are working to generate positive change and create real opportunities for women’s participation.

I encourage everyone, especially women, to register with OnBoardWA to ensure a pool of talented and knowledgeable West Australians is available for selection to government boards and committees. For those of you who know a capable person, please encourage them to register with OnBoardWA."


Annual report 2016–2017

The Department's Annual report 2016–2017 is now available online.

This year’s report contains a summary of the Department’s functions, operations and performance highlights, and reflects on a year of significant change.

The full report, and our new Workforce Development supplement providing a snapshot of the Department’s key priorities for 2016–17 can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or feedback please email us at annual.report@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017. Winners were announced at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night, where they received awards for innovation, commitment and leadership within the vocational education and training sector.

All winners and finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017 should be extremely proud of their achievements.

Organisation winners

  • WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    McDonald's Australia
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
    MPA Skills
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
    Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
    North Regional TAFE

Individual winners

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2017
    Jamie Stewart
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2017
    Claire McLeary
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA
    Benjamin Rowe
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth
    Kyle Morgan
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
    Kim Dick
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017
    Esfandiar Shahmir
  • WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
    Rui Scheidt Feix
  • WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
    Jane Goodfellow

For more details about this year's winners and finalists, please visit the WA Training Awards website.

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Curtin University to offer Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk

Education and Training Minister announces new Associate Degree.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced Curtin University will offer an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute from 2019.

The new course will provide flexible delivery modes including face to face teaching at Muresk and Curtin's Bentley campus, augmented with relevant hands-on and practical experience.  Block teaching will also be considered as a means of addressing students' seasonal work commitments associated with the farming sector.

This 'frequently asked questions' document provides more information about the new Associate Degree course.

Read more about the annoucement from the Minister for Education and Training.

New State Training Plan 2017–2020

Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2017–2020 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 18 July 2017. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia.

The State Training Plan identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia's industries and workforce. It contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the WA economy and labour market through well-targeted training programs that enable people to access and obtain training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development. Additionally, the Plan supports the key initiatives in the Government’s Plan for Jobs by investing in affordable, high quality training that’s available through TAFE colleges and private training providers.

Particular areas of focus in this new Plan include apprenticeships and traineeships, developing programs that will increase participation in training by young people, responding to the challenges and opportunities from technology advances, supporting older workers, and skills development for the aged care, disability and allied health sectors.

New website for State Training Board

Renewing the focus on meeting WA’s workforce and training needs.

Western Australia’s State Training Board is proud to announce the launch of its new website today. With a new design and new services including the lodgement of proposals for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships now available online, the website aligns with the Board’s drive to ensure vocational education and training meets the skill requirements of our State’s industries, employers and business.

With a strong focus on ensuring our VET system is maximising opportunities for Western Australians to get into the workforce or skill up, and supporting the State Government’s Plan for Jobs, the Board has set clear priorities to increase participation in training and maximise employment opportunities through consultation and collaboration with industry, employers and training providers. These priorities, along with details of current projects and initiatives that the Board is undertaking, are detailed on the new website.

Visit the new State Training Board website at stb.wa.gov.au.

The State Training Board is a statutory body established by Part 3 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996. The Board is the peak industry training advisory body to the Minister for Education and Training in Western Australia.

New Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk

Calling all emerging leaders and managers!

Solidify your leadership skills and open the door to new career opportunities through a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk Institute.

Registered training organisation One World Learning will be delivering this course at Muresk across three short blocks in August, October and December this year (see below for dates and details of the units of study). Students can enrol in one or more blocks, but will need to complete all three to obtain the full Certificate IV qualification.This comprehensive course gives individuals the tools to provide quality leadership, guidance and support to others, and the skills to organise and monitor the output of a team. Participants will gain key knowledge in applying solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, and analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources.

Take the next step in your career and enrol today! To discuss this course in more detail contact the Muresk team on 1300 994 031 or send an email to muresk@dtwd.wa.gov.au. You can also find out more about this course and other programs available at Muresk on their website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute.

Workshop dates and units

Enrol in part one: 7 – 9 August 
  • BSBLDR401 – Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
  • BSBLDR402 – Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness
  • BSBLDR404 – Lead a diverse workforce
  • BSBWOR404 – Develop work priorities
Enrol in part two: 9 – 11 October
  • BSBMGT402 – Implement operational plan
  • BSBMGT403 – Implement continuous improvement
  • BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBRSK401 – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Enrol in part three: 4 – 5 December
  • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
  • BSBCUS402 – Address customer needs
  • BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards

Deadly Jobs Expo lives up to its name

Thousands of people attend this year's event, organised by Perth AWDC

‘Deadly’ is an Aboriginal expression for 'fantastic' and this year’s Deadly Jobs Expo was exactly that. Thousands of people attended the event on 6 July which was organised by the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre team as part of the Town of Bassendean’s NAIDOC Family Day.

Representatives from 45 employers were on hand to talk about their current job opportunities; including the Australian Defence Force, Crown, Australia Post, Rio Tinto, Chandler Macleod, Bunnings, Officeworks and many more.

AWDC Perth Manager Carolyn Davis said she has received a lot of positive feedback about the event. “Western Power hadn’t attended before and they were overwhelmed with how much interest they received and how many people came along throughout the day.”

One jobseeker has already started work as a direct result of interaction with employers on the day and the AWDC team are confident more job placements are still to come.

For more information on the AWDCs and how they assist Aboriginal jobseekers across Western Australia, please visit the AWDC website.

Changes prioritise WA workers

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list has been replaced. 

Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The new list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The 2016 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work. In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL.

The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS.

Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.

You can view the new WASMOL here on the Migration portal website.

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

Department launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

Strengthening our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage.

This week individuals and organisations across Australia are celebrating National Reconciliation Week.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development embraces the spirit of reconciliation and is committed to providing services to assist Aboriginal people to gain skills and qualifications leading to a rewarding career.

On Thursday 1 June, the Department launched its new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 that strengthens our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage, engaging respectfully with Aboriginal partners, and continuing to work towards closing the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage.

Acting Director General Anne Driscoll said she was delighted to launch the Department’s second RAP which builds on programs and initiatives already in implementation.  “The Department of Training and Workforce Development plays a key role in helping Aboriginal Western Australians to acquire vocational skills, qualifications and employment”.

You can view and download our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 here.

For more information about the RAP,  please contact rap@dtwd.wa.gov.au.



2016 Student Satisfaction Survey report now available

Students report high levels of satisfaction with WA colleges.

The Student Satisfaction Survey is conducted annually to gather information about the satisfaction levels amongst students at Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. The results inform the development and improvement of policy, planning and resources, and enable the colleges to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs. The survey is also a critical component of statutory reporting for State Parliament.

The 2016 survey was conducted between Wednesday 7 September and Monday 21 November 2016 to a student population of over 47 000 across WA. Key areas of focus included:

  • the quality of lecturers;
  • how likely it is that the course will lead to a job/career;
  • the quality of resources and facilities;
  • support and additional services offered and used; and
  • access to online learning.

In total, 12 060 unique and valid completed surveys were collected. In general the report highlights a number of areas in which satisfaction levels have significantly increased from those reported in the 2015 survey results.

The Student Satisfaction Survey 2016: WA State Report has now been published and is available here.

McGowan Government delivers TAFE fee freeze

Encouraging  people into training and creating opportunities

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Hon. Sue Ellery MLC announced on 2 May that TAFE fees have been frozen. The fee freeze will allow more Western Australians to get the skills they need to get decent jobs and grow our State's economy.

"The freeze on TAFE fees was an important election commitment that I'm pleased we have delivered", the Premier said. "The huge increases in fees have prevented young Western Australians from getting the training they need to enter the workforce. We recognise the importance of TAFE in preparing young Western Australians for the best possible start to their working lives.  Today's announcement will encourage Western Australians into training to create more opportunities in important industries."

The TAFE fee freeze means there will be no further increases to TAFE fees in the McGowan Government's first term. The cost of the freeze is estimated at $11.8 million over four years, and will be paid for by the new Foreign Buyers Surcharge as promised.

"At a time of economic stress and a soft labour market, we should be encouraging people into the training sector." Minister Ellery said. "The previous government's TAFE fee increases put TAFE out of reach for many Western Australians. The McGowan Government's TAFE fee freeze will encourage Western Australians back into the training sector and create more jobs."

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.


Premier's office 
P 08 6552 5000

Education and Training Minister's office
P 08 6552 5700

WA Apprentice of the Year travels with PM

Once in a lifetime opportunity for WA Training Awards winner Brendan Carlson.

Thanks to the WA Training awards, former Swanbourne resident and 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson was selected to travel to India with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the Australia–India Skills mission. The purpose of the mission, held in April, was to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and commitment to skilling in a global economy.

This is not his first coup; since winning the WA Training Award Brendan has also travelled to Darwin and Canberra to speak about his training experiences. Originally an Infantry Soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Brendan said the award win had certainly opened a lot of doors on his new career path.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities winning a WA Training Award has afforded me I certainly don’t think I would have travelled with the Prime Minister to talk about my training and professional experiences otherwise,” he said. “It was an extremely busy and interesting couple of days. I met with Indian students, teachers and registered training organisations and spoke about my experience completing an Electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship and the benefits that can come from this type of training.  India has quite defined social classes and we wanted to promote apprenticeships as a top tier employment category.”

The Newman resident worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an apprenticeship with Chevron as part of his transition back into civilian life. He will be traveling to Adelaide in August to speak at the TAFE Directors Australia Convention and then to Canberra in November to mentor applicants in this year’s Australian Training Awards.

Applications are now open for the 2017 WA Training Awards and close 5 May 2017. More information can be found online at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards.

Main picture: Brendan Carlson, WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 (second from right) with Australian Apprentice of the Year 2016 Shane Dealy (far right), talking to students during the Australia-India Skills Mission.

Media contact: Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer – 6551 5196

State government re-opens Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

RSMS to reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.

The State government has re-opened the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme for non-metropolitan regions (excluding Perth) and will begin processing applications for the RSMS and State Nominated Migration Program that were received prior to the suspension of the program announced on March 13. In addition, the Government has re-opened the SNMP with an interim list of occupations on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List targeting those occupations which are of a specialised nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The Government has asked the Department of Training and Workforce Development to consult with industry to develop a new list. This is expected to be complete and operational in late May.

On his first day in office Premier Mark McGowan wrote to the Prime Minister to request that Perth be removed from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Premier also reaffirmed his commitment to develop a new WASMOL in consultation with industry.

While the State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth Government to formally remove Perth as a region in the RSMS, the scheme will reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.  This will enable regional employers to secure skilled overseas workers but only when they have demonstrated that they have tested the local labour market and are unable to fill the position.

All applications for the skilled migration programs that were received before temporary suspension of the programs on Monday 13 March will be processed according to the criteria that were in place prior to this date.  For those intending migrants who were invited to apply for State Nomination under the State Nominated Migration Program, their invitations will be honoured and their applications processed.   All applications for the RSMS program prior to the temporary suspension will also be processed according to the criteria in place for this program.

It is expected that these applications can be processed within the normal timeframes for the SNMP and RSMS programs so that applicants will not be disadvantaged by the temporary suspension that was put in place following the State Election.

Further information is available on the Migration Portal at migration.wa.gov.au.

New Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

We're working to improve access and inclusion in training and employment.

Training has a critical role to play in providing people with accessible learning pathways and support to identify, enter into and maintain fulfilling careers and employment.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides ongoing support to assist Western Australia’s workforce and vocational education and training sector to be more accessible, particularly for people with disability.

Our new Disability access and inclusion plan 2017–2021 builds on our achievements to date and outlines our commitment to improving access and inclusion in training and employment.

View the DAIP here to find out more about the strategies it contains. If you require the document in an alternative format such as large or standard print, electronically or in audio format, please telephone 08 6551 5607 or email daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New website goes live

The Department's new website launched successfully on 15 December.

Welcome to the new website for the Department of Training and Workforce Development, which went live on 15 December 2016. The new website has a new design and content has been reorganised to so that it is now more aligned with our clients and stakeholders, and information is now easier to locate within each of the five main sections; Training, Career development, Workforce development, Online services and About us along the main menu bar at the top of the home page.  Additionally, the new website is compliant with all State Government requirements, including accessibility, and is mobile device friendly.

We have also provided a one-stop-shop for links to resources and information from across the website that are relevant to three of our key client groups. These can be easily accessed via the notes on the home page (pictured below) or the three icons on the right-hand side of the main menu bar.


Please browse around and take a look at what's new. We welcome your feedback on the new website – please email us via website@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use our online form to contact us