Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    New era in job creation: WA Industry Link portal and advisory service launched

    16/03/2018 10:30 AM
    • The new WA Industry Link online portal will help WA businesses to tender for government contracts
    • New era in job creation in Western Australia
    • The Industry Link Advisory Service will assist WA businesses in the regions and metropolitan area
    • McGowan Government's Jobs Law ensures government spending creates opportunities for WA businesses and workers
    • New local industry participation plans will ensure suppliers of government contracts deliver WA jobs
    • Pilot projects underway, with new system to be rolled out in full in September  

    Premier Mark McGowan will today launch WA Industry Link - a key component of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Law that will help local businesses to secure work on government contracts.


    The Jobs Law, passed earlier this year, set out the Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers must be maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.


    Each year, the State Government spends about $27 billion on goods, services and works for the community, representing a significant opportunity and stable market for local industry.


    There are opportunities for Western Australian businesses to get a bigger share of this work, and the WA Industry Link portal will help them to do so.


    The portal will act as a central online information source on how opportunities for local businesses to supply to the State Government can be maximised.  


    It will also provide an avenue for local industry to share feedback and seek advice, helping to ensure the State Government tender and contracting processes remain open, accountable and transparent.


    Over time, information and resources will be added to the portal, which will help to streamline the tender, contracting and reporting processes, and make it easier for local businesses and agencies to fulfil the requirements placed upon them.


    As part of the Jobs Law, prospective suppliers of government contracts will be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These will require suppliers to provide information on levels of local business engagement as well as the jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships that will be created and retained.


    These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered. Successful bidders will also be required to report on the fulfilment of their plans.


    An Industry Link Advisory Service has been established to provide a range of services to help local businesses and State Government agencies to understand the new strategy.


    As part of the advisory service, Local Content Advisors are available to provide advisory services to businesses in regional areas. Their focus is on helping support regional businesses compete for State Government supply opportunities.


    Pilot projects are being rolled out under the new system, with the new laws to be applied across the board in September 2018.


    To find out more, visit http://www.industrylink.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Creating jobs for Western Australians is my number one priority. WA Industry Link represents a new, innovative era in the way government contracts are awarded.


    "WA Industry Link will ensure more opportunities are created for WA businesses, meaning more jobs for local workers.


    "The portal will link local businesses to government contracts, and provide them with all the information and support they need to give them the best chance of securing contracts.


    "The State Government spends billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure. Through the local industry participation plans, the State Government will ensure that WA jobs are maximised on this spending. 


    "Small to medium-sized businesses represent the lion's share of business activity in Western Australia and around the nation.


    "They are key, job-creating drivers of the local economy, and the State Government is determined to provide them with the support they need to continue to flourish, long into the future."


    WA Industry Link pilot projects:

    • METRONET rolling stock;
    • Stage 1 of the design and construction of the York Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade;
    • Design and construction of Berth 3 Deck Replacement at the Port of Port Hedland;
    • Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion;
    • Casuarina Prison;
    • New Museum Stage 2;
    • Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road) Project;
    • Southern River College upgrade; and
    • Melville Senior High School Performing Arts Upgrade. 

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