WA State Budget announced!

On Thursday October 8th 2020, the WA State Government released the new budget.

Once again the RITC would like to thank acknowledge Susan Cull, Workforce Capability manager at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, for the provision of the bullet points utilised.

For a full analysis of the WA State Budget and its impact on the Resources sector visit CMEWA.

VET sector

  • Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive – $4.8 million in one-off payments of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020.

  • Free Job Ready Skill Sets – $6million funding for the creation and delivery of free skill sets, including infrastructure, construction, logistics and warehousing.

  • Lower Fees, Local Skills – $32 million to reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses, including automotive, civil construction, engineering and laboratory skills.

  • JobTrainer Fund National Partnership Agreement – $51.7 million to expand free and low fee training to young people and jobseekers.

  • Aboriginal Girls Engagement and youth wellbeing – $10.2 million to strengthen the engagement and educational outcomes of Aboriginal students.

  • LNG Jobs Taskforce – $700,000 new funding for the LNG jobs taskforce to manage and deliver initiatives to support a number of resources sector priority initiatives.

  • TAFE capital investment program – $167.4 million to upgrade existing TAFE infrastructure across WA, including;

  • Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus – $10 million for a new heavy plant mechanic and engineering trades workshop in support of WA resource sector needs,

  • North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus – $22 million for a new workshop in South Hedland to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades in support of WA resource sector needs; and

  • New technologies – $8 million for new technologies across all WA TAFE colleges.

Other industries

  • New Industries Fund – $4.1million to extend the fund for another year, to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new jobs.