Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Go West expos hit the Eastern States

    12/05/2008 12:00 AM

    The State Government launched its latest interstate skills attraction campaign in Sydney at the weekend (May 9-10), the first in a series of Go West expos targeting skilled workers in the Eastern States and New Zealand over the coming weeks.


    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk who has responsibility for the skilled workers’ migration program, said there was intense interest shown at the Sydney Go West expo.


    “I am confident there will be similar interest shown when the expos arrive in Melbourne, Brisbane and in New Zealand later this month and in August,” Ms Quirk said.


    “In light of the current economic boom and the shortage of skilled workers, there is a strong need for this State Government to continue to attract enthusiastic, skilled workers to Western Australia.


    “A delegation from the Small Business Development Corporation, together with representatives from key government and private sector employers, will actively recruit skilled workers from the east to live in the West.


    “The Go West program was launched in September 2006, and has been so successful we are extending it to also include Brisbane this year.”


    Representatives from a broad range of employers, both public and private, will be accompanying the Go West team, to give potential employees the opportunity to discuss career options directly with those offering jobs.


    “Since the Go West campaign began in 2006, we have registered more than 10,000 potential employees who are keen to move to WA,” the Minister said.


    “Anecdotal evidence tells us many of these have since arrived in the State, but there are still many more looking to make the move westwards.”


    The Go West career expos will be held in:


    ·         Melbourne - May 16 and 17

    ·         Brisbane - May 23 and 24

    ·         Auckland NZ - August 7 and 9

    ·         Christchurch NZ - August 11 and 12

    ·         Wellington NZ - August 14 and 15.


    Further information can be obtained from:


    Minister's office: 9213 7000