The $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan is the recovery vision for Western Australia to get back on the road to becoming a thriving and innovative community in which to live, work, visit and do business. Central to the plan is restoring business and consumer confidence, getting people back into work and rebuilding the economy.
The plan is set around 21 priority streams, each driven by a clear and direct commitment from the Government to create more WA jobs. These range from new technologies, local manufacturing and training through to tourism, patient care and the environment.
Within each stream is a range of initiatives that may include capital works, grants, programs and projects.
This plan also outlines the commitments in the priority streams for those areas and people most impacted by the pandemic – regional WA, remote Aboriginal communities, women and young people.
Some of the initiatives in this plan have been brought forward and already announced by the Government. Over time, other initiatives and more specific details will be announced and progress will be tracked.
To view or download a copy of the Plan, please click here
The aim of the review commissioned by the McGowan Government in May this year was to ensure the WA training system can rapidly respond and prepare Western Australians to get back to work following the impacts of COVID-19.
The report sets out a targeted training and skills roadmap for Western Australia's economic recovery, and outlines the observations and recommendations of the review team under five key themes:
The report details a total of 46 recommendations.
View or download the report here
You can also download an infographic of key points here
If a training contract has been cancelled or suspended due to the impact of COVID-19, an apprentice or trainee can still continue off the job training with their TAFE college or registered training organisation with no fees — free! Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are entitled to this fee relief.
This fee-free training means the apprentice or trainee can continue building their skills and knowledge and continue the apprenticeship or traineeship when work returns, or it can help them to find new employment.
To find out more about fee free training, call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.
The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement incentive provides employers with a one off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice or $3,000 for hiring a trainee. Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020 are eligible to receive the payment in addition to the regular employer incentives (up to $8,500) for employing an apprentice or trainee. For more information, please visit the Jobs and Skills Centre website here or telephone their hotline on 13 19 54.
The Jobs and Skills Centre will help you find an apprentice or trainee and you can access the list of displaced apprentices and trainees here.
Great news for WA talent!
Following extensive consultation with the VET sector and Australian Training Awards, and with consideration to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to advise of a new streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020 that provides an opportunity to recognise VET students who have completed their training and would not be eligible to participate in next year’s program. The impact of COVID-19 across our community has brought with it extraordinary challenges. The VET sector will be particularly relevant in the recovery period and in the rebuilding of a post COVID-19 economy.
The new streamlined program for 2020 will focus on five individual categories for VET students, which articulate through to the Australian Training Awards.
2020 Individual award categories
In addition to the recognition and opportunities these prestigious awards bring, winners in an individual category will receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their career.
Applications open 1 July!
For further information or to apply, please click here
On 29 May a new WA code of conduct (the code) became law.
The code, based on the national code released by the National Cabinet on 7 April, implements key principles for tenants and landlords to follow in order to negotiate rent relief for tenants suffering financial stress due to COVID-19.
All parties in a small commercial lease (landlords and tenants) must comply with the code to negotiate temporary variations to the lease, including rent relief, to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All parties must follow these guidelines when negotiating rent relief:
The legislation applies during the emergency period 30 March 2020 to 29 September 2020 (unless this period is extended). Download this easy to understand summary of the legislation, what it means for tenants and landlords, and key dates.
What is Revive WA?
Revive WA is a community initiative designed to help WA’s post-Covid economic revival. It started with an online video encouraging people to ‘do their bit’ and support their tourist towns, but Revive WA is bigger than that.
The Revive WA logo will soon be free for all WA businesses to use, to remind their customers to ‘shop local’. The film and the initiative were created free-of charge, by a collective of over 40 of WA’s advertising, film and production professionals to raise awareness that the ‘Buy Local’ message also extends to local creative and production services. The collective state "We see the work we’ve created for this initiative as a great way to highlight the incredible creative and production talent we have right here in WA."
In recent years, many WA brands have shifted some of their production and creative strategy over to advertising agencies and production companies based on the East Coast. "We’d love the Revive WA idea to inspire big WA businesses and government departments to support local suppliers in terms of using WA creative and production agencies and freelancers whenever possible, rather than spending their budgets".
For more information, see The Revive WA film on Facebook here or contact Kate Downie (0412 882 279; email@example.com).
To help businesses manage disruption associated with coronavirus (COVID-19), the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has put together a range of links to support information focused on the needs of small business owners. This includes:
The State and Federal Governments have announced small support packages for small business.
As an employer, COVID-19 may impact the continuity of an apprentice or trainee’s training contract directly or indirectly. The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain the employment of their apprentices/trainees where possible.
DTWD has produced a factsheet providing answers to frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 for employers, apprentices and trainees and the financial support available. Please click here to see the factsheet.
BROS GLOBAL, an international platform for men’s personal development, mental health support and suicide prevention, offers a program for all barbershops called SafeBROSpace. Founder of BROS GLOBAL, Dr Simon Yam, delivers a one-hour peer-based interactive workshop for barbers on offering a holistic service with good basic understanding of mental health and depression/suicide affecting guys, and how to support their clients by checking in with them, guiding conversations, and offering referrals where needed. Barbershops who have undergone this training will be awarded a SafeBROSpace certificate and shop branding. (Dr Simon Yam is a life coach for men and their mental health and personal development, and is an accredited Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructor in Australia.).
For more information please visit the website or download the flyer here