Quarterly labour and economic snapshot
The Department prepares a Labour and economic snapshot for Western Australia each quarter, based on the most up to date information. The snapshot provides some analysis of the current situation and outlook for the State’s labour market. The current edition of the labour and economic snapshot is now available for download. Its key message is that labour market conditions in WA continued to be subdued in the June quarter 2016. It also shows the following.
- Labour market conditions in the State deteriorated further over the September quarter, with a net loss in employment and a rise in the State’s unemployment rate. The trend of falling full time employment continued for the seventh consecutive quarter.
- Western Australia saw a contraction in employment of 1.0%, while the State’s average unemployment rate for the September quarter 2016 was 6.2%, up 0.4 of a percentage point from the June quarter.
- The latest available broad-based forward indicators of the State’s overall economy suggest a likely continuation of weaker conditions in the labour market during 2016–17.
Industry information and intelligence
The Department sources information on skills supply and demand, workforce development issues, current emerging skills shortages and other related intelligence from a wide range of sources. This includes strong liaison with peak industry bodies, businesses, non-government organisations and many other stakeholders. In particular, Western Australia has industry training advisory arrangements in place with nine training councils, each covering a particular industry sector of the State’s economy.
Industry Training Councils
ITCs represent specific industry areas and play a vital leadership role in WA’s workforce planning and development, working closely with key stakeholders including peak employer, employee and industry organisations. In addition to advising the State Training Board and the Department of Training and Workforce Development about attracting, retaining and skilling a capable and sustainable workforce, the ITCs provide:
- high level, strategic information and advice that informs the State Training Board on the training needs and priorities of industry in Western Australia;
- market intelligence on skills supply and demand, in particular current or emerging skills shortages; and
- recommendations for training strategies that support industry’s skills development needs.
ITCs also have a central role in the development of quality vocational and education training curriculum to ensure that the skills and knowledge gained through training is aligned with current industry competencies and requirements. A full list of WA ITCs is available on the WA State Training Board website.