State Budget 2020-21: Capability
EDUCATION, TRAINING & SKILLS
Investing in WA’s future workforce is a shared objective of the Government and WA resources sector. Funding commitments to enable Western Australians to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes to participate effectively in the WA economy include:
- 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 – $6 million 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.
- 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
- $8 million for new technologies across all WA TAFE colleges.
- Aboriginal Girls Engagement and youth wellbeing – $10.2 million to strengthen the engagement and educational outcomes of Aboriginal students.
EMPLOYMENT & JOBS
The WA resources sector is aligned with government’s prioritisation of Western Australian jobs. Funding to help facilitate a larger local workforce is welcomed by CME.
- LNG Jobs Taskforce – $700,000 new funding to support resources sector priority initiatives.
- Aboriginal Ranger Program – $560,000 for five new rangers to be employed in expanding Wellington National Park.
- New Industries Fund – $4.1 million to extend the fund for another year, to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses.
- Building Bonus – $147 million in $20,000 grants for homebuyers to build or purchase a new house between 4 June and 31 December 2020.
WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY
CME welcomes the record spend on mental health; an additional $306 million for a whole-of-community approach, including:
- Suicide Prevention Action Plan – $52.6 million for new suicide prevention initiatives.
- A Safe Place initiative – $44.6 million for community support initiatives.
- General hospital services – $168.6 million.
- Increased demand for mental health hospital services in the public health system – $68.9 million.
CME also welcomes the $32 million for family and domestic violence support. Additionally, $4.7 million for the Department of Justice and $2.6 million for Legal Aid to divert contested family violence restraining orders from court into a conferencing mediation service.