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Expanded early intervention program helping children in Halls Creek14037Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/09/2022 5:02:01 AM2022-09-27T05:00:00Z Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation partnering with Key Assets on a 12-month expansion trial of the Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) in Halls Creek The program will work with up to eight families with existing contact with the child protection system IFSS provides intensive in-home and culturally appropriate supports for familiesAn expanded early intervention child protection program is helping keep young people safe and families connected in Halls Creek. Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk was in Halls Creek today to meet with the representatives delivering the Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) in the region. The expansion into Halls Creek is currently on a 12-month trial and is being led by Key Assets in partnership with locally based Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation. The early intervention service is working with eight families in the region whose children are at imminent risk of coming into the child protection system, as well as families who are working towards reunification. IFSS prioritises practical parenting education and skills development for parents and/or birth families, focusing on living skills, child mental health, education, safety and protective skills. The State Government will invest almost $350,000 to support the Halls Creek IFSS expansion. This funding follows the recent commitment of $114 million for child protection and support services in WA through the 2022-23 State Budget. Further information regarding the programs operating under the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy can be found on the Department of Communities website. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "There is growing evidence that engaging Aboriginal organisations to lead child protection work involving First Nations children leads to better outcomes. "Child protection is challenging work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. The State Government is investing record amounts in early intervention which is leading to historic reductions of the number of children in care - including Aboriginal children. "Jungarni-Jutiya Indigenous Corporation have an excellent track record and reputation in the Halls Creek area, and I am confident their partnership with Key Assets and the Department of Communities will help achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children and families." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Accord struck in Project Symphony’s development14036Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/09/2022 4:45:39 AM2022-09-27T04:45:00Z Project Symphony pilot progresses to harness rapid uptake of rooftop solar in WA Contracts signed with Evergen and Rheem Project Symphony will find ways to make the most of household solar and battery assets to deliver maximum benefits to customers and the grid Synergy has signed contracts with Evergen and Rheem to supply third-party distributed energy resources (DER) for the WA Government's $35.5 million Project Symphony pilot. Project Symphony will harness the renewable power of 900 DER assets across around 500 households and businesses in Perth's Southern River area. The contracts will enable Synergy to integrate Evergen and Rheem customer DER into Project Symphony, adding to over 600 assets already signed to the pilot. DER includes rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles, commonly located at houses or businesses, which can generate or store renewable electricity. Excess electricity from DER is aggregated by Synergy to form a virtual power plant that can feed into the network in the same way as a traditional power station. Project Symphony is a collaboration between the Western Australian and Federal Governments, Synergy, Western Power and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The McGowan Government has contributed $19.3 million to the pilot, which is a key deliverable of the Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap and Energy Transformation Strategy. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Project Symphony is an innovative approach to coordinating our future energy system, as Western Australians embrace rooftop solar at a record rate. "We expect by 2030, 50 per cent of households will have rooftop solar systems. "Synergy's contractual relationship with Evergen and Rheem presents a major step forward towards a distributed energy resources future, where sustainability is key for customers and stability is provided to WA's power system." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Taking the lead to end puppy farming14038Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/09/2022 6:41:11 AM2022-09-27T02:30:00Z RFI released for procurement of a centralised registration system for cats and dogs System will help put an end to cruel practice of puppy farmingThe McGowan Labor Government's commitment to stop puppy farming in Western Australia is progressing, with the State Government today issuing a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a centralised registration system for cats and dogs. The RFI, now advertised on the Tenders WA website, is seeking advice from the market on potential vendors that may be able to implement the system on behalf of the State Government. It will also identify timeframes, costs and any technical aspects that will inform the system's implementation. Once operational, all pet owners in WA will register their animals online using the same centralised system for the first time. The system will assist local governments to keep track of pets and identify any illegal breeding activities. A centralised registration system for cats and dogs was a key McGowan Government election commitment and forms a core part of the Stop Puppy Farming legislation that passed State Parliament in December 2021. It will replace the separate registration systems run by WA's 139 local governments, reducing red tape for councils and pet owners, and is expected to be operational in 2023. More information on the State Government's Stop Puppy Farming legislation is available at https//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government/community/cats-and-dogs/stop-puppy-farming, and for details of the RFI visit Tenders WA | Display Tender RFIE22036434DLGSC Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey "The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of implementing the Stop Puppy Farming legislation and this request for information is another step in the right direction. "The centralised system will ensure there is a consistent approach to dog and cat registration, no matter what local government area a pet owner lives in. "Importantly, this is another positive step forward to ensure the breeding of dogs for commercial gain, ignoring the welfare of the animals, is stopped for good. "Parts of the legislation have already been successfully put to work, including the de-muzzling of pet greyhounds." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New lots fast-tracked at Waranyjarri Estate at Broome North14035Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3300html23/09/2022 7:46:03 AM2022-09-23T07:45:00Z Construction works underway at Waranyjarri Estate at Broome North New homesites offering new residential lots for Broome Land available at the popular Waranyjarri Estate at Broome North has moved quicker than expected, with subdivision works for Stage 11 now underway. The McGowan Government - through DevelopmentWA - has been working closely with recently appointed local contractor Roadline Civil Contractors - who has now taken possession of the site - to fast-track the subdivision process and bring forward titles for the Stage 11 release. With construction works already underway, civil works are now expected to be completed by Christmas, with landscaping works finished early March 2023. Stage 11 is located in the heart of Waranyjarri Estate - adjacent the Broome North Primary School and parks - and will be the final stage within the first residential neighbourhood. There are still homesites available, currently ranging in size from 480sqm to 1,054sqm, and starting in price from $183,000. The new release also includes the development of a 2,253sqm childcare site adjacent to the Broome North Primary School. Located 5km north of the existing town centre, Broome North will deliver up to 4,800 new homes for approximately 13,000 new residents, ensuring a long-term supply of land and housing options to suit a diverse range of people. For more information on Waranyjarri Stage 11 visit https//developmentwa.com.au/projects/residential/broome-north/land-for-sale Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "Our Government continues to do all it can to boost the supply of affordable housing across the State, in particular across regional WA. "We announced the release of the new lots in August this year, so it is great to see subdivision works are now underway. "Broome North is a 700-hectare master-planned community that will ultimately comprise seven different residential neighbourhoods, primary and secondary schools, a variety of parks and open spaces, a district shopping centre with retail, tourism and commercial facilities, and opportunities." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "Broome's population continues to grow, and it's important we are able to provide enough land to meet the growing needs of the community. "The McGowan Government is pleased to offer more family-friendly homesites in such a premium location within this vibrant Broome North community." Minister's office - 6552 5300
West Musgrave investment decision to create hundreds of jobs14034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6720html23/09/2022 7:19:16 AM2022-09-23T07:15:00Z McGowan Government welcomes final investment decision for West Musgrave critical minerals project The $1.7 billion project will create 1,500 construction jobs and 400 operational roles Decision reinforces WA's leadership in global battery and critical minerals industryThe McGowan Government welcomes the Final Investment Decision made today by OZ Minerals to green light the West Musgrave copper and nickel project. During construction, it is estimated the project will create 1,500 jobs during construction and 400 ongoing operational jobs. The $1.7 billion project will help unlock one of the world's largest untapped nickel deposits. The low emissions West Musgrave project has met all regulatory approvals and has the support of the Ngaanyatjarra Council Group. Nickel and copper are in-demand minerals for the global electrification and renewable energy industries. Nickel production in Western Australia is expected to show strong growth in the coming years, as the global demand for lithium-ion batteries continues to grow. WA's nickel sales were valued at $3.7 billion in 2021 and the sector employed more than 7,900 workers. Copper sales were valued at more than $1.7 billion in 2021. As a testament to WA's innovative and technical capability, the West Musgrave project will provide a strong foundation for further investment and industry development. The West Musgrave project is being designed to be one of the largest fully off-grid, hybrid powered mines in the world. The minerals from West Musgrave will be exported from Esperance. Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "Today's announcement from OZ Minerals that it has reached a positive final investment decision for the West Musgrave copper and nickel project is a boon for the State and has the potential to open a new minerals province in Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting projects that create more jobs and economic benefits for Western Australians. "This project has the potential to open up a new minerals region in WA at an important time in the global transition to renewables. "The OZ Minerals decision reinforces Western Australia's leadership role in the global battery and critical minerals industry. "Importantly, the decision to proceed with West Musgrave will provide significant social and economic opportunities for the Ngaanyatjarra communities." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate OZ Minerals and the Ngaanyatjarra Council Group on the Final Investment Decision for the West Musgrave copper-nickel project. "This billion-dollar-plus investment is great news for WA's economy and the mine's 24-year operating life will support hundreds of jobs into the future. "It's especially pleasing to see the West Musgrave support renewable energy, with about 80 per cent of the project's needs being sourced from solar and wind. "With the global battery market expected to increase 10-fold by 2030 and 40-fold by 2050, we expect the strong demand for WA's battery and critical minerals to continue growing." State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Free RAT handout at the Perth Royal Show14033Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4070html23/09/2022 6:20:26 AM2022-09-23T06:10:00Z Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) available for Western Australians at the show Attendees encouraged to pick up their free RATs at Gates 1 and 10, and at the Showground train station gate Further supports WA households to easily detect COVID-19 and meet daily testing requirements if determined to be a close contact WA continues to lead the nation in providing free RATs to the communityWestern Australians will be able to collect free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at this year's Perth Royal Show, which runs from 24 September until 1 October. Up to four million free RATs will be made available for collection from Gates 1 and 10 at the Claremont Showgrounds, along with the Showground train station gate over the 8-day event. As part of the WA Free RAT Program, these free RATs provide a convenient and easy COVID-19 testing option, and help to ease cost of living pressures. The program continues to lead the nation as the most comprehensive of its kind in the country. Since February 2022, more than 50 million free RATs have been provided to the community and public sector through metropolitan vaccination clinics and drive-throughs, regional testing clinics, schools, and pop-ups across the State. Households remain eligible to collect free RATs from designated collection points, while also having access to them through community service organisations and Members of Parliament. For more information, including additional pick-up locations for free RATs, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/ Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "As one of Western Australia's most popular events, the Perth Royal Show provides the perfect opportunity to help ensure households have the supply of RATs they need. "Thousands of Western Australians attend this iconic event every year, and I encourage everyone who attends to collect some free RATs - there'll be plenty of space to store them in your showbag. "At last year's Perth Royal Show, we encouraged attendees to roll up their sleeves at the Claremont Showgrounds vaccination clinic - which helped us reach outstanding vaccination rates." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Bunbury Regional Hospital to benefit from 30 new modular beds14032Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5190html23/09/2022 5:00:34 AM2022-09-23T05:00:00Z Capacity at WA's largest regional health service to be boosted with new 30-bed modular ward Bunbury Regional Hospital's new beds form part of the McGowan Government's plan to increase capacity in WA hospitals Bunbury's modular ward is one of four being delivered across WACapacity at Western Australia's largest and busiest regional hospital will receive a boost thanks to the construction of a new 30-bed modular ward. The new modular facility will take low acuity patients and forms part of the McGowan Government's plan to increase capacity in WA hospitals. The Bunbury facility includes 10 single bedrooms, 10 double bedrooms, ensuites, a patient lounge, staff offices and reception facilities. Close to 60 full-time health professionals will be employed in the new ward, including nurses, allied health professionals and doctors. It has been strategically positioned near existing infrastructure to help manage patient flow. The new ward comes as Bunbury Regional Hospital was named 2022's Most Outstanding Regional Hospital at the Australian Patients Association Awards last month. The beds form part of the 530 new hospital beds to open by October this year. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Bunbury Regional Hospital is the biggest and busiest in regional WA, so we've expanded its capacity in a way that is innovative and quick. "The Bunbury modular ward is one of four that have undergone construction using fast-tracked approval processes and offsite construction. "This investment is on top of the more than $200 million to transform Bunbury Regional Hospital to meet the needs of South-West communities." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "The Bunbury Regional Hospital plays a pivotal role in the provision of health services to the entire region, so this is a great outcome not just for Bunbury, but for the whole South-West. "Bunbury being chosen as a location for a modular ward means our growing community can benefit from additional beds now while the broader redevelopment of the hospital is ongoing." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "The Bunbury Regional Hospital is an important asset in the provision of health care for all of the South-West and these additional 30 beds represent a significant capacity boost. "The McGowan Government is also investing more than $200 million to redevelop the hospital, which will deliver substantial benefits to our local community." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New ophthalmology unit opens at Fremantle Hospital14031Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4890html23/09/2022 3:01:19 AM2022-09-23T03:00:00Z New $5.5 million ophthalmology outpatient unit opens at Fremantle Hospital Tailor-made facilities for one of the most in-demand outpatient services Paves the way for work to begin on the 40-bed mental health ward Part of the McGowan Government's $45.5 million investment into Fremantle Hospital mental health servicesA new ophthalmology unit at Fremantle Hospital opened this week, paving the way for a major expansion of mental health services. From Tuesday 20 September, ophthalmology outpatients at Fremantle Hospital will have access to the hospital's newly designed and built ophthalmology department. With more than 180 patients passing through its doors every day, ophthalmology is one of the busiest outpatient services at Fremantle Hospital, and the new facility has been designed to suit the unique needs of the service and its patients. The ophthalmology unit was the final service to be relocated from 'V block' at Fremantle Hospital, marking the beginning of redevelopment works for the McGowan Government's new 40-bed mental health ward at the hospital. The McGowan Government is investing $45.5 million to fund the 40-bed mental health redevelopment at Fremantle Hospital. This includes $5.5 million for the ophthalmology unit. The 40-bed mental health development will transform Fremantle Hospital into a mental health hub, significantly boosting the current 64-bed inpatient admission capacity and providing better access to expert care for patients with a mental illness in the south metropolitan region. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This new state-of-the art ophthalmology unit will deliver modernised facilities for patients of this busy and growing outpatient service. "More than 180 patients use Fremantle Hospital's ophthalmology service every day and I am pleased they now have a new clinic in which to receive their care. "The relocation of the clinic is also an important milestone in our $45.5 million redevelopment of mental health services at Fremantle Hospital as the last service to be moved so the expansion can begin." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Tender for air services on regulated air routes opens14029Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6090html23/09/2022 2:35:11 AM2022-09-23T02:30:00Z Airline proposals sought to provide air services between Perth and Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon and Monkey Mia, as well as the Northern Goldfields routes Current agreements with airlines for air services on the routes expire in October 2023Airlines are invited to tender for the exclusive rights to operate air services on regulated air routes between Perth and Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon and Monkey Mia, as well as Perth-Laverton-Leonora and Perth-Mount Magnet-Meekatharra-Wiluna (Northern Goldfields routes). The tender, which was advertised on Tenders WA today, seeks proposals from airlines to provide services on the regulated routes under a new minimum five-year agreement with the State Government, with flexibility for airlines to propose flights that may link to other regional or intrastate centres. The Department of Transport has agreements in place with Rex and Skippers Aviation that are due to expire in October 2023. Rex currently holds the exclusive rights to provide air services between Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Perth, while Skippers Aviation holds the exclusive rights for air services between Perth-Laverton-Leonora and Perth-Mount Magnet-Meekatharra-Wiluna (Northern Goldfields routes). The State Government regulates some air routes within Western Australia to ensure efficient, effective and regular air services occur on these routes and the needs of the community are met. In the interest of accountability, fairness and transparency, the State Government conducts open, competitive tenders on regulated air routes, to appoint an air service provider for a designated period. Regulation of these routes has so far produced positive outcomes, helping ensure certainty of services, allowing innovative approaches to resident fares and has resulted in record levels of demand on the Albany and Esperance routes. Bidding airlines must address in their submissions extensive tender evaluation criteria that aim to ensure air services are most appropriate for each regional community. As part of the tender requirements, airlines will need to have a Resident Fare program in place to ensure Zone Cap fares continue. The tender closes on 15 November 2022. A multi-organisational tender evaluation panel, along with an independent aviation consultant, will be assessing the tender submissions. An independent probity officer will also provide guidance during the process. The outcomes of the tender process will be announced in the first half of 2023, with contract negotiations with the successful airlines to follow. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This State Government has made air services and air service infrastructure in regional WA a priority, making significant investments in improving affordability and connectivity for regional air services. "We are seeking airline proposals to provide air services between the regulated air routes of Perth and Albany, Esperance, Carnarvon and Monkey Mia, as well as the Northern Goldfields routes, with the tender providing flexibility for airlines to propose links to other towns. "A competitive tender process to appoint airlines to provide exclusive services on these routes for the next five years allows commercial certainty, and also allows confidence of continuation of regular, efficient and affordable air services to the regional community." Minister's office - 6552 5500
$1.8 million to upgrade Plantagenet Cranbrook Health Service14030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html23/09/2022 2:39:41 AM2022-09-23T02:30:00Z Upgrade to Plantagenet Cranbrook Health Service Emergency Department underway Works to include additional treatment bays and updated staff facilities $1.8 million initiative part of the McGowan Government's commitment to world-class healthcarePatients in the Great Southern will benefit from a $1.8 million upgrade to Plantagenet Cranbrook Health Service Emergency Department (ED), as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to health services in regional Western Australia. The successful tender - awarded to Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd - will deliver the enhanced ED at the hospital. The upgrade will include two new acute treatment bays, a resuscitation treatment bay, an ambulance bay, an ambulance airlock, improvements to the nurses' station, and refurbished utility and service rooms. The works will cause minimal disruption to the ED, with the relocation of some of the areas already in progress. The project is set to be completed by the end of this year. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are committed to ensuring residents in the Great Southern have access to high-quality healthcare facilities. "The upgrades - which include additional treatment bays - will be a welcomed improvement to the hospital. It means patients will have a modernised area for ED treatment, as well as additional treatment bays. "Nursing staff will also benefit from updated staff facilities, which will make their space more functional. "Importantly, this upgrade will bring the facility in line with contemporary building standards, to ensure the upgrades last well into the future." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "The award of this tender is a significant milestone for this important project which will transform the emergency department at the Plantagenet Cranbrook Health Service. "This investment is another example of the McGowan Government's commitment to improving access to high-quality healthcare facilities in the regions, including Warren-Blackwood." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Extra cheers for FIFA World Cup fans14028Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6190html23/09/2022 1:39:16 AM2022-09-23T01:35:00Z Extended trading hours policy for WA's licensed venues during upcoming FIFA World Cup Venues can apply to stay open for sporting fans to catch the live action between November 20 and December 18 Licensees are encouraged to lodge an ETP as soon as possible A combined 3.57 billion viewers tuned into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Western Australian pubs and bars will be able to open longer hours to show games in upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in a major score for football fans. With many games airing late at night or early in the morning, venues can apply for a one-off extended trading permit to televise games in the tournament between November 20 and December 18. The State's Director of Liquor Licensing has approved a one-off liquor policy to allow for the extended trading hours for licensed premises during the games. The extended trading will not only support hospitality businesses and the economy, but it will also give sports fans the opportunity to watch the games live and enjoy the spirit of the game with friends. Under the new policy, licensed venues will be permitted to trade until thirty minutes after the conclusion of the game if it sits outside normal trading hours, providing a live broadcast is shown on the premises during the extended trading period. The Australian men's team's first match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is against France on Wednesday, November 23 at 3am. Licensees should lodge their applications for an ETP or to vary their licence conditions as soon as possible. For information on how to apply, visit the DLGSC website. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti "More than 3.5 billion people tuned into the last FIFA World Cup in 2018 and this policy will give Western Australian venues and fans more opportunity to be part of this global event. "Many of the games start outside of normal pub or bar hours, which is rarely a deterrent for a dedicated football fan, so we hope everyone makes the most of the opportunity. "This is also great for tourists, as there's nothing better than finding somewhere in a foreign city to tune in and watch your team. "It's great to see more people getting out and about and socialising in licensed venues - this policy will facilitate that. "I encourage Western Australians to head down and support their local during the games." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Consultation opens on single-use plastic bans14027Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6660html23/09/2022 1:31:43 AM2022-09-23T01:30:00Z Public asked to comment on Stage 2 of single-use plastic bans New items phased out from next year, including coffee cups Online survey and community consultation open until 18 NovemberWestern Australians can have their say on the next phase of the State's single-use plastic bans, with Stage 2 to be introduced from February 2023. Targeted items include non-compostable takeaway coffee cups, expanded polystyrene cups, produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, expanded polystyrene packaging, microbeads degradable plastics and lids for takeaway containers, bowls and cups. Transition periods could range from six to 18 months to allow businesses to use up supplies and adapt to the changes before the rules are enforced. Eight community consultation sessions will be held online from late September to 18 November. A survey will also gather community and industry feedback. The first stage of WA's Plan for Plastics has been enforced since July, banning nine items including plates, cutlery, drinking straws, thick plastic bags and balloon releases. More than 10,000 retailers, suppliers and community groups received support for the transition through the National Retail Association. The Boomerang Alliance, in partnership with the Government, is helping the hospitality industry adapt over three years through the WA Plastic Free Places program. To read the discussion paper, register for a consultation session or to complete the survey, visit www.wa.gov.au/planforplastics by 18 November. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "It's clear Western Australians support action on single-use plastics and have embraced the Stage 1 bans. "It's time for us to look ahead to the second stage of WA's Plan for Plastics and switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. "Having your say will help us understand any community concerns and work through the rollout for a smooth transition." Minister's office - 6552 6300
TREEmendous Biosecurity Blitz kicks off14026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6690html23/09/2022 1:09:13 AM2022-09-23T01:05:00Z TREEmendous Biosecurity Blitz runs from 24 September to 24 October WA community urged to sign up and help spot any unusual pests and diseases Sign up to Biosecurity Blitz at the Perth Royal Show or onlineThe Western Australian community has the opportunity to join a month-long campaign to help protect our trees against unwanted pests and diseases. The annual Biosecurity Blitz kicks off this week, with a special focus this year on reporting tree pests and diseases. The TREEmendous Biosecurity Blitz aims to protect WA's trees from an increasing number of exotic threats across our horticultural and forest industries, and urban and bushland environments. The annual blitz forms part of broader work by the State Government to deliver a strong biosecurity system to support our agricultural industries, environment and lifestyle. Visitors to the Perth Royal Show can sign up to the blitz and pick up tree pest and disease information at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development display, located at the Farm 2 Food Pavilion (in the Centenary Pavilion). The blitz runs from 24 September to 24 October 2022. More information is available at www.agric.wa.gov.au/biosecurity-blitz Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The TREEmendous Biosecurity Blitz presents a fantastic opportunity for citizen scientists and nature lovers to play their part in protecting the health of our trees. "The State Government has been responding to two serious tree pest incursions - polyphagous shot-hole borer, first detected in East Fremantle in September last year, and a single detection of myrtle rust in a remote area of the East Kimberley in June 2022. "Threats such as these highlight the importance of strong biosecurity in supporting our highly valued agricultural industries and environment. "Every report made helps to increase the likelihood that serious pests and diseases will be detected early, giving us a better chance to eradicate or contain them, as well as protecting our State's export trade." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA Training Awards 2022 winners celebrated14025Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12310html21/09/2022 1:16:24 PM2022-09-21T13:00:00Z ​ Thirteen exceptional individuals and organisations named as winners at the WA Training Awards 2022 South Metropolitan TAFE awarded WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2022 Finalists showcase excellence in the vocational education and training sector Celebrating training and its role in supporting a strong WA economy The Western Australian training sector's brightest stars have been celebrated at the WA Training Awards 2022 at Crown Perth, with eight individuals and five organisations announced as this year's winners. Now in their 28th year, the awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations, with individual winners receiving $3,000 that they can use to further their training or kick-start their career. There was a surge in applications for the 2022 awards following last year's record number of student enrolments in government-funded Vocation Education and Training (VET) courses. South Metropolitan TAFE was named as WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2022, and was among five organisation winners that were recognised as industry leaders and important contributors to the work to build a pipeline of skilled local workers. WA Apprentice of the Year 2022 Megan Hazelden (Pinjarra) was celebrated for being an ambassador for her industry and readily presenting at schools about the benefits and opportunities available through apprenticeships. After growing up on a farm and developing an appreciation for all things mechanical, Megan's passion for working on machines led her to study a Certificate III in Engineering through South Metropolitan TAFE. Now a qualified mechanical fitter working for Alcoa at their Wagerup Refinery, Megan wants to break down barriers and pave a way for women to start apprenticeships in non-traditional trades. WA Trainer of the Year 2022 Stephen Delaney (Bibra Lake), who is a painting lecturer at MPA Skills, was acknowledged for adapting and improving his teaching style to navigate modern-day challenges. Stephen is a professional artist and committed to life-long learning. He is studying a Diploma in Art Therapy, to further support at-risk students. The 2022 WA Training Awards are made possible thanks to continuing support from the State Training Board, MEGT, Apprenticeship Support Australia powered by CCIWA, Construction Training Fund, the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia, Maxima and the Training Accreditation Council WA. The winners could go on to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide, on Friday 18 November, 2022. Comments attributed to Acting Education and Training Minister Rita Saffioti "The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the brightest stars in the VET sector, showcasing excellence and outstanding achievement. "The McGowan Government has invested heavily in training to keep WA's economy strong and give all Western Australians the opportunity to grow their dream career. "Congratulations to all of the 2022 winners, who are to be commended for their dedication to their vocational training and being exemplary ambassadors for WA's VET sector." Media contact Phoebe Wearne 0408 784 145 or 6552 5700 WA Training Awards 2022 winner profiles WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2022 Wayne Ryder, Byford From school captain to captain of his football team, Wayne has paved the way for Aboriginal men walking a similar journey. One of his proudest achievements was creating the Waakal Moort Kaadadjiny Festival, a health and wellbeing festival for at-risk Aboriginal people. Wayne began working for Palmerston Association as a Community Aboriginal Worker, supporting individuals affected by drugs and alcohol following his lived experience. He later won a scholarship to study a Diploma of Leadership and Management with the Australian Institute of Management. WA Apprentice of the Year 2022 Megan Hazelden, Pinjarra Growing up on a farm watching her parents work on machinery, Megan knew she wanted to become a mechanic. Now completing a Certificate III in Engineering, she is well on her way to reaching her goal of becoming a Mechanical Fitter at Wagerup Refinery. Throughout her apprenticeship, Megan has had the opportunity to represent women in the industry, presenting at schools and student career nights about career opportunities. Winning South Metropolitan TAFE's Apprentice of the Year 2021 gave her the confidence to encourage women to apply for an apprenticeship in mechanical fitting. WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2022 Feng Yang, Nedlands A birthday wish from Feng's daughter for better lunches to take to school changed Feng's life, and began his journey into a new and exciting career. After moving to Australia from China and wanting to make his daughter proud while learning more about nutrition, Feng enrolled in a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at South Metropolitan TAFE. Aside from mastering different cuisines, Feng's communication skills have improved, his daughter's lunch box is the most popular at school and Feng is working towards his goal of becoming a chef. WA International Student of the Year 2022 Yu-Chien (Eva) Cho, Cannington It was the interactive learning environment in the training restaurant at South Metropolitan TAFE that captured Eva's attention and cemented her decision to study a Diploma of Hospitality Management. Eva's career pathway started in Taiwan, but since moving to Perth, she has completed a Diploma and is now studying towards the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management. Eva says her oral and written communication skills have improved immensely and she has gained an appreciation of working with students from other cultures. WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2022 Sophia Pitaro, Kardinya Driven to gain as much experience as she can while attending high school, Sophia has already completed Certificates in Events Management, Tourism and Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways. Now embarking on a traineeship through North Metropolitan TAFE, Sophia is completing a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation and has completed qualifications including her First Aid, Lifeguard and CPR Certificates while gaining on-the-job experience with BlueFit - Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre. WA Trainee of the Year 2022 Brittany-Leigh Wragg, Mandurah Being one of the first students to study a Certificate III in Defence Industry Pathways Program, Brittany cites the unwavering support from the team at South Metropolitan TAFE and Programmed Training Services that helped her feel confident about her chosen career pathway in a male-dominated industry. Brittany-Leigh has sampled different job roles while undertaking work placement rotations and gained real-life experience, all while building up a network of industry contacts. She hopes to begin an apprenticeship in defence on completion of her traineeship. WA Trainer of the Year 2022 Stephen Delaney, Bibra Lake, MPA Skills For 20 years, Stephen has delivered training to his students with a pastoral and holistic approach. He readily participates in training to upskill, as well as adapting and improving his teaching style to navigate modern-day challenges. At MPA Skills Painting and Plumbing, Stephen's passion is training pre-apprentices which he says is "challenging and rewarding" but where he can make the biggest impact. Stephen did not think he would be training for as long as he has been, but two decades later, he is as passionate as ever and loves making a difference in people's lives. Stephen says training students is a privilege. Imparting confidence, support and knowledge to pre-apprentices is what he finds the most rewarding. He is responsible for leading landmark art projects around Perth for which his pre-apprentices have proudly completed, including the Salvos Store in Maylands and the Morley City Library. WA Vocational Student of the Year 2022 Caitlin Bezuidenhout, Chidlow Inspired after visiting her nanna at an aged-care facility, nine-year-old Caitlin was determined to make a positive change in the industry. Still at school, Caitlin is completing her Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing studies through Health Science Hub and her Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) through Australian Medical Association WA. Through her work placement with Baptistcare, Caitlin has been able to gain hands-on experience and is passionate about creating positive energy in her workplace. WA Small Employer of the Year 2022 Matera Electrical Starting with just four staff, Matera Electrical has grown to over 90 employees, aiming for excellence in safety standards and high-quality work within the construction and oil and gas industries. With roughly 80 per cent of employees actively engaged in training, and spending on average 200 hours per month in training, the company is committed to a team-focused approach, fostering positive change and prioritising communication and training to ensure staff are fully engaged and equipped for superior results. WA Large Employer of the Year 2022 Byrnecut Byrnecut is one of the world's leading underground contract miners with over 3,800 employees. Byrnecut's training programs undergo continuous improvement, with input from experienced operators and management to ensure quality learning opportunities. With 21 per cent of employees undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship within WA, Byrnecut are committed to world-class training and development, individualised learning plans, unlimited support and access to thousands of resources and networks to set employees up for successful, long-term careers with the company. WA Industry Collaboration Award 2022 Making Tracks (Department of Justice) Making Tracks is a collaborative industry training and employment network of partnerships for prisoners across WA to ensure VET delivery within prisons is relevant and appropriate to the needs of both the prisoners engaged in training and the businesses that go on to employ them. Through collaboration with employers in key industries, the program reduces the stigma ex-prisoners face when seeking employment, while meeting the needs of the labour market, contributing to the economy and reducing reoffending. Small Training Provider of the Year 2022 Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing (Taylorweir) is the longest established private hairdressing RTO in WA. The training delivery focuses on a client-driven approach, ensuring that students achieve their best outcomes with support from their employers and the outstanding teaching skills of the organisation's trainers. With over 480 enrolled students, Taylorweir's 25-year journey continues to be one of learning, growth and change which has allowed it to maintain its position as the leader of hairdressing and barbering education in Australia. Large Training Provider of the Year 2022 South Metropolitan TAFE South Metropolitan TAFE is one of WA's most diverse training providers. The college offers more than 340 qualifications, from foundation courses to apprenticeships and traineeships, to advanced diplomas and skill sets. The college is dedicated to working collaboratively with industry, ensuring their partnerships support economic and community development. With 12 campuses throughout the southern corridor, including major campuses in Bentley, Carlisle, Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham, Thornlie and Mandurah, South Metropolitan TAFE has more than 28,000 students across their Perth campuses, as well as offshore students in a number of countries.
Celebrating 100 years of WA link to Einstein’s bombshell theory14024Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7580html21/09/2022 8:31:51 AM2022-09-21T08:30:00Z WA celebrates the centenary of the famous Wallal eclipse expedition September 1922 expedition provided proof of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity Members of the public and school groups are encouraged to celebrate the State's role in this great achievement Western Australia is celebrating the centenary of the Wallal expedition, which provided the world-first empirical proof of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity during a total solar eclipse in September 1922. The University of Western Australia is holding a Wallal expedition centenary celebration at Winthrop Hall, sponsored by the McGowan Government. It is one of many events and activities that will be held over the next fortnight to celebrate the significant scientific achievement. In 1922, a group of Australian and international scientists travelled to Wallal Downs Station, 300 kilometres south of Broome, for the total solar eclipse on 21 September. Using telescopes, the scientists measured a tiny deflection of starlight predicted by Einstein due to space being curved around the sun, providing the world's first empirical proof of General Relativity. Einstein's Theory of General Relativity explains gravity through the curvature of space-time and underpins modern technology such as satellites and GPS. The anniversary is an opportunity to showcase WA's historic and modern scientific capability, the strong foundation the State has for current priorities such as space industries and how STEM skills are so essential to human progress. A total solar eclipse will take place on 20 April 2023 over WA, with the Ningaloo region named one of the best places on earth to experience the phenomenon. To learn more about the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse, please visit https//ningalooeclipse.com/ To get involved with the centenary celebrations, please visit https//www.uwa.edu.au/study/Events/UWA-Wallal-Expedition-Centenary Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "A hundred years ago, one of the foundations of modern science, Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, was proven right here in WA. "On 21 September 1922, a group of more than thirty people from six countries converged upon the shores of Eighty Mile Beach in Broome with 35 tonnes of equipment, a feat all on its own. "The group included astronomers, photographers, naval staff and Aboriginal stockmen, who over three days confirmed Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. "This story of collaboration and determination taps into the very spirit of what it means to be Western Australian, and cements our place in the history of modern science." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Consultation begins for review of the WA Jobs Act14023Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10010html21/09/2022 7:50:28 AM2022-09-21T07:00:00Z McGowan Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders into the outcomes and effectiveness of the WA Jobs Act (2017) Public consultation will take place throughout September and October, with the final report to be completed before the end of 2022 Independent review is being conducted by Dr Michael Schaper, previously Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionThe McGowan Government is seeking feedback from local businesses and government agencies into the outcomes and effectiveness of the Western Australian Jobs Act (2017) as part of the five-year review of the legislation. The WA Jobs Act review is set to cover a range of topics including the effectiveness of the Act, the main achievements, recommendations for improvements and analysis of how the Act interfaced with other State Government policies. Dr Michael Schaper, previous Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has been appointed to conduct the independent review into the Act. First initiated in 2017, the WA Jobs Act was established to ensure that State Government procurement and purchasing policies supported local industry participation. Since full implementation in October 2018, it is estimated that the WA Jobs Act, the WA Industry Participation Strategy and associated activities have supported the creation of more than 64,000 jobs and 4,500 apprenticeships and traineeships in WA. It is also estimated that the Act has covered $32 billion of Government expenditure on goods, services and works. Of this expenditure, 92 per cent has been spent within WA. Improvements to the WA Jobs Act aim to ensure that State Government procurement and purchasing policies continue to support the retention or creation of new jobs, especially for Western Australian small and medium enterprises Public consultation will take place throughout September and October, with the review to be completed before the end of 2022. For more information about the review and opportunities to engage, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-jobs-tourism-science-and-innovation/review-of-western-australian-jobs-act-2017 Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The Western Australian, national and global economies have changed significantly since the WA Jobs Act was introduced and now is the right time to review the Act to improve its effectiveness. "Western Australia is now in an era of changing trends and new developments, many of which are likely to have an impact on procurement and local job generation. "The independent review is vital to ensure the legislation remains contemporary and well suited to deliver even more jobs for local workers in the future. "The WA Jobs Act and WA Industry Participation Strategy has contributed to 64,000 jobs being created in the past four years and 4,500 apprenticeships and traineeships across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Inaugural Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council appointed14021Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16780html21/09/2022 4:55:43 AM2022-09-21T04:55:00Z Seven members appointed to the State's new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council Council to be co-chaired by male and female Aboriginal members Members bring experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage, environment, law and industry The inaugural seven members of Western Australia's new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council have been appointed. As the State's peak strategic body on Aboriginal cultural heritage matters, the Council will provide advice to the Aboriginal Affairs Minister, designate local Aboriginal cultural heritage services and approve permits and management plans. The Council also has a role in promoting public awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and the role of Aboriginal people in how their cultural heritage is managed and protected. The new Council members are Co-chairperson Dr Mark Bin Bakar - an Aboriginal culture and heritage advocate, experienced Board Director and accomplished singer songwriter known for his success in the arts and media industries. Co-Chairperson Ms Irene Stainton - an Aboriginal cultural heritage practitioner with industry, government and consultancy experience and a current trustee for the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Ms Merle Carter - Chairperson of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, experienced Board member and Aboriginal corporation director. Mr Graham Castledine - a barrister, negotiator and mediator with significant experience in Aboriginal heritage, Native Title, environment and planning matters. Dr Debbie Fletcher - a former senior public servant with experience in Native Title matters, State agreements and land access. Ms Belinda Moharich - a lawyer with expertise in planning and environment law. Mr Kevin Walley - a qualified conservation land manager, with Aboriginal cultural heritage expertise and experience leading Aboriginal corporations. The seven members were selected from more than 70 nominations and have been appointed for an initial term of two years. Formed under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021, the Council provides a modern framework for the recognition, protection, conservation and preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and recognises the fundamental importance of Aboriginal cultural heritage to Aboriginal people. An extensive co-design process is currently underway to prepare for implementation of the new Act from mid-2023. For more information, visit https//wa.gov.au/ach-act. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti "The new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 represents a significant shift in how Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed. It is a vastly improved legislative framework to ensure Aboriginal people are consulted without coercion, to prioritise agreement making and to increase penalties for non-compliance." "The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council will be central to this work, and I am very pleased with the quality and experience of the inaugural members appointed." "As the legislation requires, the Council comprises two Aboriginal co-chairs - male and female - and the membership is majority Aboriginal, with the required skills and knowledge to perform the important functions of the Council." "These functions will include providing advice to Government, setting standards to identify, protect and manage Aboriginal cultural heritage, and facilitating negotiations between proponents and Aboriginal parties when agreement cannot be reached." "The Council's first task will be to review the key documents and Regulations being developed ahead of the third and final phase of co-design, which is expected to commence in October." "I am looking forward to working alongside the Council over the next two years as Western Australia's new Aboriginal cultural heritage laws become fully operational." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Northbridge homeless centre receives planning approval14020Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12620html21/09/2022 4:51:29 AM2022-09-21T04:50:00Z Planning approval confirmed to relocate homeless centre in Northbridge Approval supports change of use for existing building on James Street Decision provides certainty for people experiencing homelessness and community services providerPlanning Minister Rita Saffioti today announced the approval of a development application for the relocation of a homeless centre in Northbridge. Under legislative powers, the proposal was called-in by the Minister for her determination following the City of Perth's elected officials' decision to refuse the change of use application lodged by Ruah Community Services. It is important to note that the City's Officers recommended approval of the application. The approval provides for an existing building at 247-249 James Street in Northbridge to accommodate a drop-in community centre. The drop-in centre is a relocated service which, until last month, operated for more than 50 years from a building on Shenton Street. The centre provides services for people experiencing homelessness, linking them with accommodation services, specialist services such as alcohol and other drug support, mental health and legal services. Ruah Community Services had sought to move their existing drop in service to facilitate a purpose-built and dedicated Centre for Women and Children at their existing Shenton Street site. That project received development approval in April 2022. All submissions received on the change of use proposal were considered by the Minister in making her decision, including views put forward by local residents and business owners, and submissions from the applicant and the City of Perth. The proposal warrants approval based on planning merits and is considered to be in the public interest to ensure these essential services are available for people experiencing homelessness. Additionally, in accordance with the provisions of the City of Perth's local planning scheme, the proposal could have been considered exempt from the need for development approval. The Ruah Centre will operate Mondays to Fridays from 830am to 230pm. Conditions of approval include a business management plan for the centre and additional measures to assist in addressing concerns raised by neighbouring residents and business owners. Copies of the decision, conditions of approval and submissions received are available at https//wa.gov.au/ruahcommunity. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "After carefully considering all of the submissions put forward, I have provided my approval to this development application, which will ensure the safe and managed continuity of an integral community service. "People experiencing homelessness are a part of the Perth community and we all have a responsibility to provide facilities and services to support their needs. "This proposal is entirely appropriate for the inner-city area, it is consistent with the local planning scheme and ensures continuity of support services in close proximity to where they have been accessible to our most vulnerable community members for decades." Minister's office - 6552 5500
McGowan Government responds to sexual harassment inquiry14019Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16530html21/09/2022 4:46:33 AM2022-09-21T04:45:00Z McGowan Government outlines plans to tackle sexual harassment in mining industry All inquiry recommendations pertaining to the State Government supported Initiatives focus on prevention, support for victims and upskilling industry Code of practice for mining and construction accommodation will be created Additional support for community legal and advocacy service centre Work underway towards establishing expert group within WorkSafe WA to respond to reports of sexual harassment and assault The McGowan Government has outlined a wide range of actions to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in Western Australian workplaces in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out mining industry. Tabled in Parliament today, the McGowan Government has supported, or supported in-principle, all recommendations pertaining to the State Government. The plans will be implemented across key areas such as primary prevention, data and research, a refocused regulatory framework and better support and advocacy for victims of workplace sexual harassment. As part of the State Government's response, a new Code of Practice will be developed to help improve security measures for workers staying at workplace accommodation. This code will act as a minimum standard that employers must consider to ensure the safety of their workers living regionally or remotely. The McGowan Government has also committed to funding a community legal and advocacy service centre to provide free guidance and advice to affected Western Australians. The State Government recognises the importance of providing victims of workplace sexual harassment with the opportunity to share their experiences, receive psychological support and promote healing. In line with Recommendation 20, the McGowan Government has already committed to changing the law to bring WA's definition of what constitutes sexual harassment in line with other Australian jurisdictions and to remove the 'disadvantage test' complainants. The Government aims to introduce these legislative reforms early next year. The McGowan Government also supports the recommendation to establish a culturally appropriate expert group within WorkSafe WA to investigate, assess and deal with reports of sexual harassment and assault offences in the sector. This work will be further enhanced by the findings of the regulatory review being undertaken by Elizabeth Shaw. These initiatives build upon a number of existing programs the McGowan Government has been progressing. This includes the $8.4 million Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) program that boosts responses to mental health, workplace culture and mine safety in WA's mining sector. The MARS program oversees a number of projects including the Respect in Mining pilot program, the Thrive at Work in Mining program and a landmark study into mental health, workplace culture and safety across WA's mining sector. Conscious of the landmark study being conducted by the Centre for Transformative Work Design and the regulatory review, the McGowan Government will further report to Parliament before the end of 2022. The McGowan Government is building on its commitment to ensuring safe workplaces for all WA employees across all industries, including through implementing the Respect@Work report recommendations and developing Western Australia's first whole-of-government Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy. The government's response to the Parliamentary inquiry is available at https//dmirs.wa.gov.au/enough-is-enough Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is strongly committed to providing safe and inclusive workplaces for all employees across Western Australia, regardless of industry or size. "Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the bravery and resilience of the women who shared their stories with the Parliamentary inquiry. "We support, or in-principle support, all the report's recommendations for Government and encourage industry to also consider how they can apply the report's recommendations. "I call on industry to ensure our mining sector is accountable and responsive to community standards. "We need to work together to build a culture of respect as women have a right to work in safe workplaces that are free from sexual harassment. "We cannot be complacent when it comes to inappropriate workplace behaviours; there is much to be done and the McGowan Government will continue to advocate for change." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to stamping out sexual violence in the workplace - everyone has a right to feel safe and supported at work. "We have a vicious cycle, where women aren't attracted to work in the industry, let alone stay in the industry, because of inappropriate behaviour and a disregard of women's experiences. "We need more women to work in this sector and we need them to be treated with respect. "It's imperative the mining sector works with the State Government to lead cultural change and prioritise prevention and better supports for victim survivors. "I would especially like to thank the women who spoke to the inquiry about their experiences - your courage will help make the industry safer for future generations." Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister's office - 6552 6700 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
Strengthened casino law passes Parliament14018Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7090html21/09/2022 4:02:01 AM2022-09-21T04:00:00Z Tough legislation to address Royal Commission recommendation passes Parliament Casino regulator given increased powers to restore integrity in the casino Maximum penalty for breaches of Casino Control Act now $100 million Independent Monitor to be appointed as soon as possibleStrengthened casino legislation that applies tougher penalties, better oversight and more powers for the regulator has passed Parliament. The Casino Legislation Amendment (Burswood Casino) Act 2022 is the first legislative step towards addressing issues raised in the Perth Casino Royal Commission. The legislation provides the Racing and Gaming Minister and Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) with greater powers to enact the recommendations of the Royal Commission. It also allows for the appointment of the Independent Monitor, who will work closely with the GWC and the casino operator on remediation processes within the casino. Importantly, the casino operator in Western Australia faces harsher penalties for non-compliance under the new legislation, with the maximum fine increased from $100,000 to $100 million. Other key measures within the Bill include a provision for the WA Government to recoup costs for the Independent Monitor from Crown/the casino operator; additional offences and penalties relating to providing false or misleading information to the independent monitor; enabling an independent chair to be appointed to the GWC; enhancing powers for the Minister to direct the GWC; and enhancing GWC powers to direct the Perth Casino. The Act addresses several recommendations within the Royal Commission final report and is part of Government's multi-staged response. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti "Now that the legislation has passed Parliament, I look forward to installing the Independent Monitor at the casino as quickly as possible. "As outlined in the legislation, we will also be able to recover the costs of the Independent Monitor from the casino. "We are setting the bar high for integrity and transparency for the casino operator in Western Australia - compliance will not be optional. "Further work is underway to look at how we can also reform the Casino Control Act 1984." Minister's office - 6552 6400