Plans and strategies

Plans and strategies

The Department engages and coordinates the efforts of State Government agencies, industry, community and Australian Government stakeholders to maximise opportunities for working together to deliver workforce planning and development priority actions, plans and strategies.

Together, these aim to build a skilled and flexible workforce with the capacity to support Western Australia's economic and community needs.


Skilling WA

Skilling WA aims to build, attract and retain a skilled workforce that is flexible, diverse and responsive to changes in labour market, economic or social conditions.

The first edition of Skilling WA was launched in 2010. In response to the State’s emerging economic and labour market challenges, the State Government developed and released a second edition in 2014. This builds on the work of the first edition by coordinating the efforts of State Government agencies, in collaboration with industry, community and Commonwealth Government stakeholders, positioning the State to address current and future workforce planning and development challenges.

Skilling WA, second edition identifies five strategic goals as part of our overarching objective of skilling our State to maximise the availability of skilled labour that can meet the needs of employers, the community and the individual. These goals are supported by 25 areas of strategic focus, which aim to maximise the efforts of State Government agencies and industry stakeholders as they work together to respond to the key issues facing Western Australia's workforce. Each of the areas of strategic focus informs a range of priority actions which aim to deliver projects, programs or policy initiatives to support the attraction, development and retention of a skilled workforce.

For more information, you can download the full version of Skilling WA – A workforce development plan for Western Australia.


The WA State Training Plan 2017–2020

The State Training Board prepares a State Training Plan each year, which contributes to the policy and purchasing direction for the State’s training system for the short to medium term. The Plan is developed each year within the context of current State and national vocational education and training policies, commitments and agreements.

The new State Training Plan 2017–2020 identifies and recommends key areas of focus such as:

  • enhancing industry engagement;
  • supporting and promoting innovation and technology within the education and training sector;
  • priority for the employment of apprentices and trainees on major WA projects;
  • creating skills development opportunities for young people;
  • skilling our social assistance and allied health workforce; and
  • supporting older workers.

A range of inputs are used to inform the Plan, including:

  • analysis of economic, labour market and demographic data;
  • industry consultation and advice,
  • regional advice; and
  • other relevant research and reports.

    View the State Training Plan 2017–2020 on the State Training Board website at


    Industry workforce development plans

    Up until 2016, each of WA’s Industry Training Councils has produced an Industry workforce development plan. In addition to providing a targeted focus for responding to industry specific workforce issues, these plans also offer a comprehensive industry profile section with industry and employment analysis and trends, including labour and skills demand. The plans are based on extensive research undertaken by each ITC, and provide suggestions and strategies to address identified issues and/or pursue opportunities through working collaboratively with industry, employers, government agencies and the training sector. From 2017, these plans will be replaced by an annual snapshot of industry workforce priorities.

    If you would like to find out more about the workforce development plan for a particular industry area, a full list of WA ITCs and links to their website is available on the WA State Training Board website.


    Regional workforce development plans

    Regional workforce development plans are part of the Skilling WA framework. They identify local workforce development challenges in regional areas and provide strategies to address them.

    With the launch of the Mid West and Peel regional plans during 2015–16, plans have now been developed through local workforce development alliances in all nine regions of Western Australia. An additional workforce plan was prepared for Katanning, as outlined during the development of the Great Southern workforce development plan. Membership of each regional alliance includes representation from local business, industry groups, local governments (representing community aspirations), relevant government agencies and the local TAFE college. The alliances provide leadership and oversight for the development and implementation of the regional workforce development plans.

    Regional workforce development plans are currently available for viewing or download. For further information on the regional workforce development plans for each region, please contact us by email via

    View/download WA Regional workforce development plans

    Gascoyne workforce development plan 2015–2018 Executive summary Full document
    Goldfields–Esperance workforce development plan 2013–2016  Executive summary Full document
    Great Southern workforce development plan 2013–2016 Executive summary Full document
    Katanning workforce development plan 2015–2018 - Full document
    Kimberley workforce development plan 2014–2017 Executive summary Full document
    Mid West workforce development plan 2015–2018 Executive summary Full document
    Peel workforce development plan 2015–2018 Executive summary Full document
    Pilbara workforce development plan 2013–2016 Executive summary Full document
    South West workforce development plan 2013–2016 Executive summary Full document
    Wheatbelt workforce development plan 2013–2016 Executive summary Full document

    Skilled migration

    In Australia, the Commonwealth Government's Department for Immigration and Border Protection has responsibility for immigration policy. It also makes the final determinations on all applications for humanitarian, business and skilled visas (see for more information). The Commonwealth Government however allows each Australian state and territory to nominate skilled migrants under a broad range of occupations, to meet their own local workforce needs.

    The State nominated migration program

    The Western Australian Government places Western Australians first when it comes to securing jobs in the State. Accordingly, the State Government's first workforce development priority is to train and prepare Western Australians for the workforce.

    WA’s State nominated migration program therefore targets only those skilled jobs that genuinely require overseas workers, where local workers cannot be sourced.

    The program works in conjunction with other workforce development mechanisms to help ensure employers have access to the skills they need.

    For information on living and working in Western Australia, or how to apply for nomination by the State Government for a skilled nominated visa under WA's State nominated migration program, please visit the Department's Migration portal


    The Western Australian skilled migration occupation list

    The WASMOL lists those occupations eligible for skilled migration through nomination by the Western Australian Government. The occupations identified on the WASMOL do not relate to any specific job vacancies, nor do they represent any guarantee of a job. Rather, the WASMOL identifies occupations that have compelling evidence of unmet demand and are considered a priority for WA in respect to those skilled jobs that genuinely require overseas workers.

    If a potential migrant’s occupation is identified on the WASMOL, he or she may be eligible for nomination under a Skilled nominated visa (Subclass 190) or Skilled regional (provisional) visa (Subclass 489), subject to a number of other criteria also being satisfied.

    The WASMOL is reviewed regularly to ensure it remains current. The latest WASMOL can be accessed on the Department's Migration portal. For enquiries please contact our Migration Services branch.


    Training Together – Working Together Aboriginal workforce development strategy

    The TTWT Aboriginal workforce development strategy was developed in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and industry to increase the number of Aboriginal people in training for sustainable employment.

    Connecting employers with Aboriginal job seekers, promoting Aboriginal role models and removing barriers to participation in the workforce were among the key recommendations outlined in the strategy.


    The Western Australian workforce planning and development model

    To support the goal of building and developing a skilled workforce for WA and facilitate delivery of a coordinated statewide plan, the Department – in collaboration with key stakeholders from government, industry and communities throughout the State – has developed the WA workforce planning and development model as an overarching framework. This model follows a best practice workforce planning and development process to outline how all stakeholders can work together to respond to economic and labour market challenges and explore opportunities for WA’s continued growth and prosperity.

    For more information about how the model is integrated into practice, please take a look at the WA workforce planning and development model paper. This paper explains the key components of the model, along with its planning framework and the programs, initiatives and services the Department provides to support it.

    Page last updated February 09, 2017