Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the passage of the State Government’s Jobs Bill through the Legislative Assembly paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians.
The new laws aim to give Western Australian businesses a better opportunity to get a bigger share of work on State Government projects, creating more jobs for local workers.
Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered.
Dedicated staff within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will proactively engage with local businesses, making it simpler and easier for them to understand how to tender for a government contract.
Under the Jobs Law, governments can also declare a major project a ‘project of strategic significance for the WA economy’ requiring these projects to have extra local content, which will lead to more jobs.