- $77.6million injection to develop training infrastructure throughout WA
- Skills Training Initiative to underpin future training requirements
The Liberal-National Government will inject $77.6million from the Royalties for Regions program over the four years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 to implement the Skills Training Initiative and develop high-quality training infrastructure throughout Western Australia to ensure the State is in the best position possible to meet the projected skills shortage.
Treasurer Christian Porter said a total of $110.6million would be spent over the life of the Skills Training Initiative, primarily on the provision of major capital works at training sites in WA, with $14.9million being invested in 2012-13 alone.
“The total number of training places, and the number of apprentices and trainees enrolled in training, has been at record levels during our time in Government, and our commitment to providing Western Australians with the best possible opportunity to develop a career is unwavering,” Mr Porter said.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier said the Liberal-National Government recognised that the demand for training places meant there was a need for quality training facilities and infrastructure, which was why this allocation of more than $77million over the four years was critically important.
“The Skills Training Initiative will enable refurbishments and upgrades for regional training facilities; the development of dedicated regional training centres to meet industry and community needs; and the replacement of out-dated and failing IT infrastructure across the State Training Provider network,” Mr Collier said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Royalties for Regions investment into a skilled and well trained workforce was essential to help underpin the State’s economic future.
“We’re confident that this program will provide the opportunity right across regional WA for people to access the best training opportunities possible,” Mr Grylls said.
The Liberal-National Government’s asset investment program will increase training access and opportunities throughout WA through a capital works program over the life of the program which includes:
- the continuation of major works at:
- Challenger Institute of Technology’s Rockingham Campus redevelopment ($28.6million)
- South West Institute of Technology’s Bunbury Campus Heavy Duty Automotive projects complex ($16million)
- C.Y. O’Connor Institute Narrogin Campus upgrade ($2.3million).
- the commencement of planning for:
- Challenger Institute of Technology’s Murdoch Campus ($42million)
- Great Southern Institute of Technology Mt Barker Campus ($4.4million)
- Kimberley Training Institute’s West Kimberley Campus ($5.5million)
- South West Institute of Technology Busselton Campus upgrade ($2million).
In addition to an increase in State-funded training places and infrastructure, the State Government has also instigated a series of complementary initiatives to address skills shortages throughout WA, including:
- conducting skilled migration focus groups throughout the State to better inform employees about their migration options and opportunities
- the setting up of a dedicated web portal promoting WA as a destination of choice for potential skilled migrants and their families
- the establishment of Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres in Broome, Geraldton, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth.
- At the end of February 2012, more than 41,000 apprentices & trainees were in training
- Skills Training Initiative will enable refurbishments & upgrades for regional training facilities; development of dedicated regional training centres to meet industry & community needs; replacement of out-dated & failing IT infrastructure across the State Training Provider network
- WA’s unemployment rate at the end of April 2012 was the lowest of all States in Australia, at 3.8%
- WA Budget statements are available at
Treasurer's office - 6552 5600