- Wages policy review brought forward from 2023 to 2021
- Government to consult with public sector unions and key stakeholders as part of the review to identify appropriate settings for a new government wages policy
The McGowan Labor Government has today announced it will bring forward a review of the Western Australian wages policy.
The review was originally proposed to occur in 2023, but will now be brought forward to commence immediately following the release of the 2021-22 Budget.
The McGowan Government will consult with key stakeholders over the next two months as part of the review, with a final decision on a new wages policy by early 2022.
The $1,000 wages policy was one of a range of measures to repair the financial mess left by the previous Liberal National Government. The policy balanced the need for budget repair with supporting lower paid workers.
In response to financial and economic uncertainty due to COVID-19, the policy was extended by two years in the 2020-21 Budget, with a review planned for 2023 to consider the economic circumstances before determining a new policy.
The Western Australian economy has improved much more rapidly than anticipated at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the McGowan Government's strong management to crush the virus.
The economic recovery has been supported by the public sector workforce, which has played a vital role in keeping Western Australians safe. The McGowan Government stands by its strong commitment to maintain security of employment and jobs for the public sector workforce.
The McGowan Labor Government's 2021-22 Budget is firmly focused on strong and sustainable finances to keep the WA economy growing, creating quality local jobs, progressing infrastructure works, investing in key services and delivering on our election commitments for all Western Australians.
For more information, visit https://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson:
"Western Australia has been a world leader in its response to the pandemic.
"We have been able to keep the virus out of WA, which has enabled our economy to grow during the pandemic and made our economy the envy of the world.
"It was a priority of the McGowan Government to fix the budget mess caused by the financial mismanagement of the previous Liberal National Government.
"The time is now right to bring forward a review of the WA wages policy to consider what would be the appropriate policy setting going forward.
"I am grateful to every one of our essential public sector workers for helping Western Australia successfully manage COVID-19 in the past 18 months.
"I very much recognise their role in helping us get to this point.
"I look forward to talking with unions and other stakeholders as we consult on what a future WA wages policy should look like."
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