- McGowan Government implements its Plan for Jobs as part of 2017-18 State Budget
- Major election commitment delivered to help create new jobs for Western Australians
- State Budget contains a significant focus on job creation and skills development
The McGowan Labor Government's first Budget will make headways in implementing its comprehensive Plan for Jobs to diversify the Western Australian economy and create new jobs in a broader range of industries.
Greater support and effort will be injected into the areas of science, technology, manufacturing, tourism, services, education services, agriculture and other industries to encourage investment and create thousands of new jobs.
The McGowan Labor Government will invest significant funding into key job-creating initiatives including a:
- $425 million investment over five years for destination marketing and event tourism;
- $2.7 billion record budget towards improving and maintaining WA roads, creating more local jobs;
- $1.34 billion into METRONET priority projects which will generate thousands of jobs;
- $465 million towards new school builds, upgrades and redevelopments;
- $741.2 million investment in health and mental health facilities;
- $2.75 million in resources and trade events that will help WA's business growth into Asia;
- $4.2 million to establish an Industry Participation Advisory Service;
- $320,000 for Defence West to promote the State's shipbuilding and defence work capabilities;
- $1.5 million to implement the international education strategy; and
- $16.7 million in grants for new technology start-ups and computer gaming to create new jobs.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This State Budget is heavily focused on implementing the Plan for Jobs to help get WA get back on track.
"As a Government, billions of dollars are spent each year running schools, hospitals, public transport systems, building critical infrastructure and delivering services across the State – all job-creating investments which WA businesses could be working on.
"My priority is to ensure that through our new Jobs Law, more local businesses will have the opportunity to bid for this body of work.
"The State Budget includes a $4.2 million allocation which will go towards establishing an Industry Participation Advisory Service to support small and medium businesses compete for Government contracts."
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"Whether its new builds, new roads or a boost in science and new technology, the McGowan Government's investment is crucial in creating more job opportunities for Western Australians.
"METRONET is one of the primary projects which will transform WA's public transport network, opening up new and ongoing jobs and apprenticeships.
"Significant funding has been injected into a broader range of industries which aims to encourage greater investment to help diversify our economy."
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"It's vital that we get behind the tourism industry and support them in attracting more visitors to our State and create more jobs for Western Australians.
"Funding towards destination marketing, event tourism and the Swan Valley Development Package will enable better planning and leveraging opportunities that will fill planes, drive visitors to WA and occupy our hotel rooms."
Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston:
"As the State's first Minister for Asian Engagement, my focus is to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in WA.
"The State Budget includes funding for an Asian Business Strategy, the establishment of an Asian Business House and an annual ASEAN Dialogue which are all important avenues to link businesses with people and resources to support business growth into Asia."
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