First year of Jobs Act delivers thousands of local jobs

Local workers will fill about 12,800 jobs from the first year of the McGowan Government's Jobs Act, which was a key election commitment to prioritise local workers on State Government infrastructure projects and services. These figures include around 660 apprenticeships and traineeships linked to WA Government infrastructure projects, building the technical skills of WA's workforce.

The Western Australian Participation Strategy (WAIPS) is a key component of the Jobs Act. Under WAIPS, prospective State Government contractors and suppliers are required to submit a participation plan that outlines their commitment to prioritise local workers, and enter into supply contracts with WA's small and medium businesses.

The strategy makes sure local participation is maximised in a diverse range of WA infrastructure projects, including the Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion, Reid Highway Dual Carriageway Project, New Museum Project - Stage 2 and METRONET Railcar Procurement. It’s also delivering in regional WA with an estimated 3,980 jobs, including 262 apprenticeships and traineeships, in projects such as the Berth 3 Deck Replacement Project at the Port of Port Hedland.

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Page last updated January 13, 2020