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Neo barley variety ‘the one’ to elevate Australia grains production16059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/06/2023 10:16:26 AM2023-06-08T10:00:00Z New InterGrain barley variety to boost national industry value by $110 million per annum Cook Government supporting Western Australia’s grains industry to remain internationally competitiveA new barley variety launched by Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis today is being touted as ‘the one’ to take Australian barley production to the next level. The high-performance variety named Neo - the Greek word for new - is set to increase yields by 10 per cent, generating a potential $110 million per annum boost to the value of the national barley industry. The variety, which was recently submitted for malting barley accreditation, is well suited to medium to high rainfall environments boasting strong pest and disease resistance and superior grain quality characteristics. Neo was created by locally based breeding company InterGrain, co-owned by the Western Australian Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. The naturally bred variety is a product of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Cereal Doubled Haploid Program, accelerating the development of breeding lines tailored to Australian conditions. Neo is InterGrain’s 12th barley variety to be released, complementing a suite of cereal offerings, including a range of Australian hard and noodle wheat lines, and oats. InterGrain is expanding to a state-of-the-art plant breeding facility at the WA Government’s biosecurity and research facility at Murdoch University, a new facility in Horsham, Victoria. It is also establishing a seed production site at Narrabri, NSW. The company has a close alliance with the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), co-owned by the WA Government and Grains Australia, to ensure new varieties satisfy market requirements. For more information about Neo barley and how it can enhance WA grain production visit Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis “Neo barley reflects its name - a modern variety, ahead of its time and bred using the latest plant breeding technology to generate a leap in production and malting performance. “This new variety will support Australia’s reputation as a global leader in supplying high quality barley to discerning domestic and export markets. “Our Government is pleased to be partnering with InterGrain and AEGIC to back research and development that supports WA growers and the broader industry to remain internationally competitive now and into the future.” Minister's office - 6552 6200
Awards to recognise Western Australia's community legal heroes16057Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/06/2023 7:04:01 AM2023-06-08T07:00:00Z Nominations open for Community Service Law Awards Recognition for those who practice pro bono legal work Winners to be announced at gala event in October Attorney General John Quigley is seeking nominations for the State's highest law awards recognising outstanding community service contributions through pro bono and community legal work. The Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards put voluntary legal work in the spotlight, acknowledging individuals, legal firms, not-for-profit organisations and Legal Aid practitioners. Last year's winners include veteran barrister Robert Lindsay, who took out the Individual Award, and criminal lawyer Kate Turtley-Chappel, who was chosen for the inaugural Legal Aid Panel Member Award. Mr Lindsay is a former director of Legal Aid Western Australia who became an independent barrister in 2000 and continues to act for clients on a pro bono or discounted basis. Ms Turtley-Chappel is a former Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Service WA lawyer who in private practice remains committed to serving clients of both agencies. The 2022 Not-for-Profit Award went to Kimberley Community Legal Services, while Clayton Utz won the Legal Firm Award. This is the 17th time the awards have been staged in WA and winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 27 October. Legal practices, practitioners and community organisations are invited to nominate candidates by 2pm Monday, 28 August at Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "These awards honour those who contribute their time and expertise for the public good. "Pro bono work provides underprivileged people with access to legal assistance, ensuring that the most vulnerable people in our community have equal access to justice. "I encourage the nominations of individuals and organisations and look forward to presenting these prestigious awards in October." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Additional funding for youth experiencing suicidal thoughts16058Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/06/2023 8:03:29 AM2023-06-07T16:00:00Z WA's first Youth Suicide Sanctuary pilot progresses with $508,000 Lotterywest grant Builds on State Government's commitment to supporting young people aged 16 to 24 years who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours Grant is in addition to $2.9 million already provided to develop and deliver the innovative service A $508,000 Lotterywest grant to Samaritans WA Ltd will enable refurbishment of their Subiaco building into a youth friendly sanctuary for young people experiencing suicidal ideation. This funding is in addition to the $2.9 million already provided to Ruah Community Services, Samaritans WA Ltd and Telethon Kids Institute to develop and deliver Western Australia's first Youth Suicide Sanctuary pilot. The innovative short-term residential service will provide youths aged 16 to 24 experiencing suicidal thoughts or suicide distress with a safe and evidence-based alternative to hospital emergency departments. Staffed by trained peer workers and volunteers and overseen by a qualified clinician, the Youth Suicide Sanctuary will provide trauma-informed, person-centred support to WA young people. The fit-for-purpose, five-bed service will be designed in collaboration with young people, their families, and mental health experts and is expected to support up to 300 young people and their families each year. For mental health, alcohol and other drug support and information call Here For You on 1800here4u (1800 437 348) from 7am to 10pm any day of the week. For other helplines, visit In an emergency, call 000. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Improving mental health outcomes for children and adolescents is an important area of focus for the State Government. "The Youth Suicide Sanctuary short-term residential service will offer evidence-based support to 16 to 24-year-olds experiencing suicidal ideations and behaviours, offering a safe alternative to emergency departments. "It is the first service of its kind in our State and is set to provide up to 300 young people and their families with innovative non-medical suicide prevention support every year. "The Lotterywest grant will enable Samaritans WA Ltd to transform their Subiaco building into a warm, purpose-built environment where young people will feel safe while accessing support." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Joint media statement - 23 projects for Western Australia announced under new Disaster Ready Fund2200Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7030html7/06/2023 6:01:47 AM2023-06-07T06:00:00Z Western Australia will be better protected and prepared for future natural disasters following today's announcement of 23 local projects funded under Round One of the Albanese Government's new Disaster Ready Fund. Through the first round, WA will benefit from over $18 million in combined investment into disaster prevention, through Federal, State and delivery partner co-contributions. The Fund was an election commitment by the Albanese Government, and will deliver national long-term mitigation funding to help protect communities from natural disasters. State and Territory Governments submitted applications for a range of projects to improve mitigation and resilience, in collaboration with local councils and community groups. Successful projects in WA include Upgrades to evacuation centres at Boyup Brook, Toodyay, Cunderdin and Nabawa to better protect surrounding communities during bushfires, floods and other emergencies. Supporting bushfire mitigation works and community education programs including firewise landscaping, a bushfire virtual reality program and a family-centred disaster resilience gallery to promote preparedness. Overhaul of the Geraldton Airport power supply system to ensure continuous power supply in critical emergencies such as Cyclone Seroja in 2021. A full list of WA projects is available here Disaster Ready Fund - Round One | National Emergency Management Agency ( Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt said Western Australians were no strangers to natural disasters, and Governments at all levels needed to take decisive action to better protect communities. "WA experiences a range of bushfires, floods, cyclones and storms, and this year alone we've experienced the destructive nature of those events," Minister Watt said. "As we continue to fund disaster recovery in areas like the Kimberley, it's critical we do more to build defences right across the state. "As a country we invest far more in recovering from disasters than we do defending against them, and that mentality has got to change. "This is about more than just bricks and mortar. We are changing the way Australia deals with natural disasters by planning better for the future to ensure that communities all around the country are better prepared, less exposed and in the best possible position to recover when disasters strike. WA Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said Commonwealth funding provided a vital boost for many exciting and innovative projects. "Funding will help boost existing projects such as improved fire danger rating signage and bushfire mitigation works, through to significant evacuation centre upgrades and community education projects to teach the next generation of Western Australians about disaster resilience," he said. "I'd like to thank all community groups and local and State Government agencies who put forward projects that will help make Western Australia a safer and more resilient State. "I look forward to seeing these initiatives get off the ground and make a difference to community safety." The Disaster Ready Fund builds upon the Albanese Government's commitment to building Australia's resilience to natural disasters. Over the past year, the Commonwealth Government has invested heavily in disaster resilience and mitigation projects across Australia, including nearly $20 million for Western Australia to support mitigation projects reducing the impact of coastal hazards, such as inundation, storm surges and erosion. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will work with each jurisdiction to negotiate funding agreements with funds to be provided as soon as possible from July 2023. Projects must be completed within three years. There were more than 300 applications submitted across all States and Territories. Successful projects were selected following a rigorous merit-based assessment process undertaken by NEMA. More information on the Disaster Ready Fund, including updates about Round Two of the Disaster Ready Fund, can be found on NEMA's website. Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Cook Cabinet team unveiled2199Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements110720html7/06/2023 1:46:07 AM2023-06-07T01:30:00Z Energised, united, stable and experienced Cabinet team New Cabinet builds on strong talent, experience and engagement WA Governor to officially swear in Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries for the Cook Labor Government tomorrow Incoming Premier Roger Cook has today announced the refreshed Cabinet team and allocation of portfolios. The energised, united, stable and experienced Cabinet team will take the State forward on issues that matter to Western Australians. In addition to his responsibilities as Premier, Roger Cook will also hold the roles of Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade, Public Sector Management and Federal-State Relations. The refreshed portfolio of State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade will enable Mr Cook to continue his role in industry development and diversifying WA's economy, further building on the Government's policy reforms and commitment to sustain a pipeline of new jobs for Western Australians into the future. Incoming Deputy Premier Rita Saffioti will add the portfolios of Treasurer and Tourism to her Transport responsibilities, utilising her skills and experience in those areas, as she continues to deliver the State Government's transformational METRONET program. The new Cabinet team also includes incoming Minister, Balcatta MLA David Michael. Former Cabinet Secretary in the McGowan Government and long serving local councillor David Michael will be the Minister responsible for Ports; Local Government; Road Safety and Minister assisting the Minister for Transport. The new addition builds on previous changes to the Cabinet team, resulting in a total of eight new Ministers being added since the 2021 State election. Stephen Dawson will take on the Science portfolio and will become the Minister assisting the Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade. With eight years' experience in the Corrective Services portfolio as shadow Minister, Paul Papalia will add Corrective Services to his portfolios of Police; Defence Industry and Veterans Issues. Currently spearheading the Government's growth and ventures in critical minerals including broadening end-to-end capabilities in battery development, Minister Bill Johnston will add the portfolio of Hydrogen Industry, which will complement his existing responsibilities in Mines and Petroleum as well as Energy and Industrial Relations. Planning will be added to John Carey's responsibilities which will strengthen the wide-ranging reforms he has already undertaken in the Housing, Lands and Homelessness portfolios. Don Punch adds the Volunteering portfolio to Regional Development, Disability Services, Fisheries and Seniors and Ageing. Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski will take on the role as new Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier; Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade, Public Sector Management and Federal-State Relations. The new Parliamentary Secretary will be Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna, who will be working closely with the new Deputy Premier. The incoming Premier, Deputy Premier, new Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, along with Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries with portfolio changes, will be officially sworn in at a ceremony at Government House tomorrow. Comments attributed to Acting Premier Roger Cook "The newly shaped Cabinet team is one of energy, experience and stability. "I will be leading a united and responsible team which is ready to take our State forward on the issues that matter to Western Australians. "We will continue to deliver on the positive platform Western Australians overwhelmingly voted for when they elected this WA Labor Government. "My Government's focus and energy will be on cost of living pressures, strengthening and diversifying our economy, setting up our State for the future with a transformational infrastructure program, investments in health and housing, and delivering a cleaner, affordable and reliable climate future. "Through a combination of humility and hard work, my team will lead Western Australia through the challenges ahead. "I want to acknowledge Mark McGowan who has been an incredible Premier, and thank him for his 30 years of service to Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6500 COOK GOVERNMENT CABINET Hon Roger Cook MLA Premier; State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade; Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations Hon Rita Saffioti MLA Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Transport; Tourism Hon Sue Ellery MLC Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests Hon Stephen Dawson MLC Emergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Science; Medical Research; Minister assisting the Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade Hon David Templeman MLA Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage Hon John Quigley MLA Attorney General; Electoral Affairs Hon Paul Papalia MLA Police; Corrective Services; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues Hon Bill Johnston MLA Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Hydrogen Industry; Industrial Relations Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Hon Simone McGurk MLA Training; Water; Youth Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA Health; Mental Health Hon John Carey MLA Planning; Lands; Housing; Homelessness Hon Don Punch MLA Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering Hon Reece Whitby MLA Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming Hon Sabine Winton MLA Early Childhood Education; Child Protection; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services Hon David Michael MLA Ports; Local Government; Road Safety; Minister assisting the Minister for Transport Hon Jackie Jarvis MLC Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Small Business Mrs Jessica Stojkovski MLA Cabinet Secretary PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES Parliamentary Secretary Minister Mrs Jessica Stojkovski MLA Hon Roger Cook MLAPremier; State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade; Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations Ms Jessica Shaw MLA Hon Roger Cook MLAPremier; State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade; Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations Ms Meredith Hammat MLA Hon Rita Saffioti MLADeputy Premier; Treasurer; Transport; Tourism Hon Dr Tony Buti MLAEducation; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Ms Divina D'Anna MLA Hon Rita Saffioti MLADeputy Premier; Treasurer; Transport; Tourism Dr Jagadish (Jags) Krishnan MLA Hon Sue Ellery MLCFinance; Commerce; Women's Interests Ms Jodie Hanns MLA Hon Stephen Dawson MLCEmergency Services; Innovation and the Digital Economy; Science; Medical Research; Minister assisting the Minister for State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade Mr Terry Healy MLA Hon Paul Papalia MLAPolice; Corrective Services; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues Mr Simon Millman MLA Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLAHealth; Mental Health Hon Samantha Rowe MLC Hon David Templeman MLACulture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage Mr Yaz Mubarakai MLA Hon Dr Tony Buti MLAEducation; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Hon Darren West MLC Hon Reece Whitby MLAEnvironment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming Ms Hannah Beazley MLA Hon John Carey MLAPlanning; Lands; Housing; Homelessness Hon Kyle McGinn MLC Hon Don Punch MLARegional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC Hon John Quigley MLAAttorney General; Electoral Affairs Hon Bill Johnston MLAMines and Petroleum; Energy; Hydrogen Industry; Industrial Relations Hon Pierre Yang MLC Hon Simone McGurkTraining; Water; Youth
State Government Grant to support volunteer flood response594Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6200html6/06/2023 12:05:15 AM2023-06-04T04:00:00Z Broome CIRCLE to receive $69,000 State Government grant Funding to support the organisation's Kimberley flood response Volunteer involving organisations currently managing increased demand following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson has awarded a grant of almost $70,000 to Broome CIRCLE to support the organisation's response to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. The funding will bolster the organisation's capacity to support volunteer services, which are helping the community to recover from January's unprecedented floods in the Fitzroy Valley. Founded in 1982, Broome CIRCLE has provided community services and social support in the Kimberley for more than four decades. In recent years, the organisation has also hosted the Broome Volunteer Resource Service, which supports volunteers and agencies across the region. This new funding will help the Broome Volunteer Resource Centre to increase its operations to meet the heightened demand for services, and support communities to recover from the devastation caused by the floods. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "We know volunteer-involving organisations are experiencing heightened demand for help in the wake of the floods. "That's why the State Government is providing funding to help Broome CIRCLE build the capacity of these groups. "It will take everyone pitching in to rebuild our communities and this grant will help volunteer-involving organisations to meet the needs of locals." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "From day one, volunteers have played a huge role in the flood recovery journey – whether that be volunteers cleaning out impacted homes, community groups managing donations or locals providing social support to their neighbours. "It is fantastic to see the community stepping up to support one another as they recover." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Youth Engagement Grant Recipients Announced593Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9470html2/06/2023 5:00:56 AM2023-06-02T05:00:00Z Recipients of the 2023 Youth Engagement Grants Program announced 26 organisations awarded grants of up to $10,000 to engage young people in ways that benefit their community Local governments and community service organisations have been awarded a total of $200,000 in funding under the Youth Engagement Grants Program 2023. The Youth Engagement Grants Program supports initiatives and projects that promote and empower young people. The grants will be used to launch projects that enable young people aged between 10 to 25 years to achieve positive outcomes in the community. The Youth Engagement Grants provide up to $10,000 per grant to support local government and community service organisations across the State who work to positively engage young Western Australians. Some of the organisations to receive funding include The Nintirri Centre located in Tom Price will hold Self Esteem Lessons as part of their Youth Development Program. The program seeks to work predominantly with Aboriginal youth over 5-week terms to build confidence and resilience; The Shire of Denmark will develop an inaugural Youth Strategy and Action Plan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of WA; The City of Melville, for the Koolunga Kaat and Ngany Matter project. This will support the Youth-Drop-In program and engage First Nations youth to inform a trial counselling service; and Warmun Local Drug Action Group, for the Tools of Engagement - Change, One Tyre at a Time project. The project will teach young people important life skills including vehicle maintenance and educate them on the impacts of alcohol and drug misuse. A full list of grant recipients can be found here https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Simone McGurk "These programs funded under The Youth Engagement Grants Program are thoughtful and creative. They reflect the capacity of young people to drive change in their community. "It is so important that young people are given the opportunity for leadership and capacity building, and I look forward to seeing young people reach their full potential under these programs". Minister's office - 6552 6600
New station and tanker a boost for volunteer firefighters592Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6590html2/06/2023 3:30:27 AM2023-06-02T03:30:00Z Kwinana South Bush Fire Brigade's new fire station officially opened Construction funded by $1.5 million through the Emergency Services Levy The brigade also received a new 3.4 Urban Tanker Volunteers at Kwinana South Bush Fire Brigade have a new station and firefighting vehicle after the State Government invested nearly $2 million to modernise the brigade's resources. The new facility has upgraded changing rooms to manage Personal Protective Clothing, larger bays for firefighting vehicles, a purpose-built training room and enhanced capability to accommodate an Incident Management Team during emergencies. The old station had reached the end of its lifespan, having been constructed in 1991 by volunteers, community and local government. Construction of the new facility was funded through $1.51 million from the Emergency Services Levy and $400,000 of Commonwealth funding secured by the City of Kwinana. A new 3.4 Urban Tanker is also being delivered to the station. The appliance was designed by incorporating input from volunteers to ensure it meets their needs. The tanker is valued at more than $450,000 and funded through the Emergency Services Levy. Volunteers at the Kwinana South Bushfire Brigade have dedicated more than 550 hours of their time during the past two years responding to both local incidents and major emergencies. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has protected the local community for many decades and this new, modern station will serve them well for years to come. "Being able to accommodate an Incident Management Team means this site can be used to manage significant bushfire incidents within the local area. "The new 3.4 Urban Tanker comes equipped with the latest in crew protection and can be used for a variety of firefighting situations. "This new station and appliance symbolise the State Government's respect for the work of our volunteer firefighters." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA secures $3M community batteries grant498Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14460html2/06/2023 12:10:49 AM2023-06-02T00:05:00Z Western Power has successfully secured funding for six community batteries Batteries are part of the ongoing transition to a renewable energy future The six batteries will be located in Bayswater, Coogee, Dianella, Kinross, Port Kennedy and Stratton Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced that Western Australia has successfully secured six community batteries as part of the $200 million Federal Government's Community Batteries for Household Solar Grant Program. The joint Western Power and Synergy application will see six community batteries deployed to suburbs with high rooftop solar penetration, enabling the transition to a cleaner energy future. Announced in October 2022, the Federal Government's community batteries program aims to deliver 400 batteries nationally. The program has so far provided funding for 52 batteries, of which six are located in WA. The six locations are Bayswater, Coogee, Dianella, Kinross, Port Kennedy and Stratton. Western Power and Synergy have been working with the local government authorities of these areas, which have provided in principle support. The batteries will be of similar size to Western Power's and Synergy's existing PowerBank fleet and provide multiple community benefits including enabling higher uptake of renewable energy such as rooftop solar, reduced electricity bills and in managing costs during periods of peak demand. Work on the batteries is expected to start in July 2023 with the batteries to be installed by March 2025. The Federal Government is administering the funding to deliver the community batteries. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Community batteries have an important role to play in our energy future. "With one in three WA homes owning rooftop solar, it's essential that we harness solar energy efficiently to deliver better outcomes for the community. "Community batteries store unused solar power from households during periods of low demand and discharge power during peak energy periods, keeping the electricity system stable. "Western Power and Synergy are working with Energy Policy WA to implement this community battery rollout to the initial six locations with work also progressing for the next round of Federal Government funding. "The State Government is committed to securing as much Federal Government funding for storage for our State as possible." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Next round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme now open497Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6710html2/06/2023 12:06:48 AM2023-06-02T00:00:00Z Applications called for the next round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme Up to $1.5 million available for facility improvements or new projects More than $50 million has now been allocated through the scheme A further $1.5 million in State Government funding is now available for public boating facility projects, through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS). The $1.5 million in funding takes the total amount allocated through the program to more than $50 million, which has helped deliver nearly 500 separate boating facility projects throughout the State. The RBFS scheme is available to eligible authorities, including local governments, government agencies and statutory authorities with responsibility for managing public facilities. Funds are available for the planning, construction or upgrading of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, breakwaters and new channels directly related to a public recreational boating facility. Land based infrastructure at public boating facilities, such as trailer parking areas, toilets and boating signage are also eligible. Up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project is available, with the maximum grant set at $750,000. Application forms and more information are available at Applications close 1 September 2023. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians love to get out on the water, and with a recreational fleet of around 100,000 boats, our Government is committed to ensuring our public facilities continue to meet the needs of the community. "The $1.5 million being made available through the next round also marks a major milestone with more than $50 million now allocated through the program, which has helped deliver nearly 500 separate projects across the State. "The next round will ensure we continue to see the positive benefits this program has delivered, and I encourage eligible authorities to consider projects they'd like to put forward for funding." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New graduate program boosts ICT opportunities in the public sector496Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9140html1/06/2023 7:35:44 AM2023-06-01T07:35:00Z State Government to establish new and exciting Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program The Program will ensure the public sector has the skills and expertise required to address current and future ICT workforce needs The State Government is establishing a new Public Sector ICT Graduate Program that will create a diverse and compelling opportunity for ICT graduates looking for jobs after finishing their studies. The program will be targeted at students and graduates from a range of in-demand ICT disciplines such as Data Science and Analytics and Cyber Security. It is hoped up to 40 graduates will be recruited for the program. Graduates will complete a number of rotations between agencies across the Western Australian Government, getting real world experience in their chosen fields and the opportunity to apply their skills to progress the Government's digital priorities. WA Government agencies will be involved in this unique opportunity to develop and improve ICT skills and growth of the public sector's digital capabilities. Once the program has been established, recruitment opportunities will be found through the web page at A Place of Opportunity. Comments attributed to Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson "The Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program will offer graduates a range of exciting opportunities across the public sector and provide them with the practical skills and professional experience to kickstart their careers. "The establishment of the Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program demonstrates the State Government's commitment to ensuring the public sector has the necessary skills to meet current and emerging ICT demands. "I am excited for the development of a new pathway for ICT graduates to enter the Public Service and the benefits they will bring." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New laws now in place to support road freight owner-drivers495Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8350html1/06/2023 6:33:01 AM2023-06-01T06:30:00Z New laws providing additional safeguards for owner-drivers transporting freight take effect Legislation will improve business dealings between owner-drivers and hirers Amendments are the result of consultation with industry Updated laws introduced by the State Government to safeguard the rights of owner-drivers of heavy vehicles operating in the road freight transport industry come into effect today. The amended Owner-Drivers (Contracts and Disputes) Amendment Act 2022 passed Parliament in October last year and is the result of extensive consultation with the Road Freight Transport Industry Council and the Road Freight Industry Tribunal. The amendments will help improve business dealings between owner-drivers of heavy vehicles who transport freight and the people who hire them, by clarifying the regulatory responsibilities of both parties. The changes include the introduction of minimum notice periods of 90 days for termination of a contract longer than three months, and seven days for contracts less than three months. The role of the Road Freight Transport Industry Tribunal has also been clarified to make sure it can deliver fair and efficient outcomes in dispute resolution between owner-drivers and hirers. Non-compliance with owner-driver guideline pay rates will now be factored into dispute resolution decisions made by the Tribunal. This change places more responsibility on hirers to offer fair pay for owner-driver services. In addition, workplace right of entry provisions have also been updated to allow an authorised owner-driver's representative to enter a workplace to investigate suspected breaches of the Act. For more information on the updated Owner-Drivers Act, visit Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The updated laws that come into effect today protect the rights of small businesses and independent operators who own and drive trucks in the freight industry. "These are the small operators who are making a big difference to our economy and our lives, by helping to keep our supply chains going and delivering goods across our State. "Our new laws will provide them with better protection and improve their position in matters including job security and fair pay, as well as clear processes to follow to resolve disputes. "We have consulted extensively with industry to update these laws which will result in more streamlined and reasonable business dealings between owner-drivers and people hiring their services." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Sport and recreation grants to enhance inclusion and accessibility494Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11790html1/06/2023 6:23:06 AM2023-06-01T06:05:00Z $4.2 million awarded for projects that break down the barriers to participate in sport Program aims to create inclusive, accessible, safe and welcoming environments for all Additional $2.7 million allocated to the program over three years A grants program designed to break down the barriers to participation in sport and recreation has received a $2.7 million funding boost over three years. The Sport and Recreation Inclusive Participation Grants Program, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, provides funding for projects that target low participation groups. Eighteen projects will share in a total funding pool of $4.2 million over three years, including a social inclusion program that uses sport and recreation to help those experiencing homelessness. Other funded projects include a program that inspires and grows the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in netball, and a cultural program that aims to increase social connection to the game of cricket in the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community. The program aims to create inclusive, accessible, safe and welcoming environments and opportunities for people with disability, Aboriginal people, those from CALD backgrounds, adolescent girls, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, seniors and disengaged youth. Organisations can apply for up to $150,000 per annum to support their projects. To view all grant recipients visit the DLGSC website. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Equity, diversity and participation are key priorities within the sport and recreation sector and I'm pleased to be able to support these projects, which will make a positive difference in our community. "Being part of a safe and inclusive sport environment not only provides a range of individual social and health benefits, it also provides a space where diverse groups can build trust in one another, helping to break down social and cultural barriers and strengthen overall community connections. "Congratulations to all the recipients and I look forward to seeing your projects fly." Minister's office - 6552 5400 Background The recipients of the Sport and Recreation Inclusive Participation Grants are Binar Futures' Basketball Inclusion program $450,000; Bachar Houli Foundation programs $150,000; Stephen Michael Foundation's Youth Play and Connection project $450,000; City of Greater Geraldton's Sports Hub project $150,000; Fair Game's Fit and Active in the Pilbara $150,000; Perth African Nations Sport Association's Empower the People project $255,000; 55 Central's Activate Engage program $150,000; Reclink Australia's Reclink Street Games $288,120; Blind Sports Western Australia's Inclusive Sports program $240,000; Thriving Exercise Rehabilitation's Thriving in Motion – Youth Moves program $300,00; Football Futures Foundation's United Through Football – Ellenbrook project $120,369; Rebound WA's Kids Who Can't Keep Up program $225,000; Netball WA's Inspire and Grow inclusive participation and delivery project $300,000; WA Hockey Association's Thundersticks all abilities hockey project $300,000; West Australian Football Commission's expansion of All Abilities Football project $371,417; WA Cricket Association's Connecting Cultures Through Cricket project $138,000; WA Ice Hockey Association's Break the Ice Encouraging Girls to Join the Game project $87,800; and WA Rugby Union's All Abilities Rugby project $91,500.
Roebourne TAFE upgrades deliver training boost for Pilbara492Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html1/06/2023 6:00:51 AM2023-06-01T06:00:00Z Significant upgrades to North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus complete Students now training in contemporary multi-purpose facilities Connecting local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training Project part of the record $243.3 million investment upgrading TAFE infrastructure Specialist training is now underway at North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus, with new multi-purpose training facilities playing a key role in connecting the local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training. Training Minister Simone McGurk visited the campus today, officially opening the $7.9 million new facilities. The major upgrade consists of four new classrooms which will be used across a range of training areas, including an IT laboratory and art classroom, a new industry workshop for construction trades training and an upgrade to the existing light automotive workshop. Lead architect Iredale Pedersen Hook was briefed to design culturally-appropriate, contemporary facilities and consulted extensively with the Roebourne community during planning stages to create diverse learning opportunities. Through the consultation with local Aboriginal people, the campus now has vibrant, community-focused areas, with outdoor learning spaces, and male and female student hubs. Western Australian construction company Devlyn Australia carried out the build, employing more than 200 workers throughout construction, including apprentices and trainees. Aboriginal student enrolment numbers are currently up eight per cent compared to the same time in 2022, across publicly funded training in WA. The WA Government is spending a record $243.3 million to upgrade TAFE infrastructure across the State, including regional areas. Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "These incredible new facilities at North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia campus are a major boost for training in Roebourne and right across the Pilbara region. "More local people will now be able to come and learn new skills closer to home, in industry-standard learning environments - ensuring they're job-ready for the career of their choice. "It's a priority of the WA Government to provide practical training support for Aboriginal people, so it was very important that we consulted with the local community about this project ensuring the facilities are bright, contemporary and culturally appropriate." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It's wonderful that TAFE students in Roebourne will now have access to these wonderful facilities - gaining skills that will set them up for life. "It's also encouraging to see so many local apprentices and trainees working on the build for the new facility, which is a project they should be proud of." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Victims of crime sought to refresh high-level advisory group490Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18010html1/06/2023 4:14:47 AM2023-06-01T04:10:00Z Victim-survivor reference group seeks new members High-level group advises the Attorney General on victims' issues Group helps advocate for an improved experience for victims in justice system Attorney General John Quigley has called for victim-survivors of crime to lend their important voice to the work being done by the Victims of Crime Reference Group. The high-level advocacy group, reconstituted more than two years ago to advise the State's top law officer on victims' issues, is seeking new members. The group was established to influence policy, programs and services for victims of crime and identify emerging risks and issues. Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Kati Kraszlan, co-chairs the group which has been looking at ways justice-related agencies can improve outcomes and reduce harm to victims. Work has included contributing to the draft Victims of Crime Strategy, designed to be a blueprint for how victims of crime are treated across government. The group has also endorsed improvements to the Victims of Crime Act 1994, including widening the definition of 'victim'. Senior figures from key government agencies such as the Western Australia Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions provide their expertise to the group. An online application form and more information is available at https// Applications close on Friday 16 June. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "This State Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting all victims of crime. "I re-established this group to ensure the voices of victims of crime were heard and they have already given valuable feedback on key issues. "After 14 months of dedicated community service some of the current reference group members have moved on to other roles and I would like to thank them for their contribution." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Get on board for WA Day Festival 2023489Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements28850html1/06/2023 3:48:36 AM2023-06-01T03:30:00Z WA Day to be bigger and better than ever as Western Australians urged to celebrate our State State Government providing more than $2 million, including Lotterywest funding, to support WA Day activities Free travel across the public transport network for two days over WA Day long weekend Extra train services running between Stadium Station and Perth for WA Day Festival Western Australians are being urged to get out this weekend and celebrate their State, with the WA Day Festival set to return even bigger than before. The Perth WA Day Festival will run over Sunday and Monday, 4 and 5 June, with live entertainment, rides, food trucks, fireworks and drone light shows stretching from the Optus Stadium foreshore to Burswood Park. To help celebrate the day, the State Government will provide free travel across the entire public transport network for the two festival days of the long weekend, as well as running extra train services between Stadium Station and Perth, allowing for a hassle-free journey to and from the event. The additional train services mean trains will be travelling between Perth Station and Optus Stadium Station roughly every five minutes. Elsewhere on the network, trains will operate every 10 to 15 minutes over the long weekend, while timetabled buses will operate on a Sunday/public holiday timetable across the Transperth network, with limited services after 7pm. Up to 50 additional Public Transport Authority staff will be rostered on across the weekend to support the increased transport services, including train drivers and transit officers. The festival marks the triumphant homecoming for local heroes Voyager, after their successful Eurovision campaign. Voyager join an impressive line-up on the first day of the festival, alongside Amy Shark, Mark Seymour, Baby Animals and more. WA Day events will also be held across the regions, including festivals in Albany, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Newman, Carnarvon and Geraldton. The State Government is providing $1.2 million to celebrate WA for WA Day events in both the city and the regions, with a further $900,000 from Lotterywest to support Perth and regional activities. For more information about WA Day public transport services, go to the Transperth website - For more information on WA Day activities, visit Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians know we live in the best State in the country - and this weekend is a chance to get out and celebrate all that's great about WA. "Free public transport means this weekend will be an affordable day out for families right across Perth's suburbs. "It'll also be the first opportunity for local crowds to welcome home Voyager, who so memorably put WA on the world stage at Eurovision this year. "So make the most of the free public transport and get involved in the festivities of this year's WA Day, relax and let our free public transport service get you there safely and on time." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Up to 50,000 homes to benefit from underground power491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15010html1/06/2023 4:18:00 AM2023-06-01T02:55:00Z Western Power secures agreement with nine local government authorities Up to 50,000 WA homes and businesses in line for underground power supply. Nine Western Australian local governments have committed to Western Power's Targeted Underground Power Program (TUPP), which will provide up to 50,000 WA properties with a future-focussed, safer, and more reliable power supply solution. Residents and businesses in the cities of Bayswater, Canning, Melville, Rockingham, Stirling, Swan, and Vincent and towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park will be part of these 50,000 having recently signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Western Power to support undergrounding within their local government areas (LGA). The areas identified in these LGAs are based on Western Power's network driven approach, which targets the overhead distribution network with a higher density of assets that are due or becoming due for replacement. The MOUs formalise the intent of Western Power, LGAs and the State Government regarding collaboration and development of the co-funded projects. Scoping and planning works for some projects have begun with construction of the first project in Bassendean north set to begin in May 2024. More than 100,000 properties in the South West Interconnected System have been converted from overhead distribution power lines to underground power since 1996. For more information about underground power projects, visit https// Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Undergrounding provides many benefits including improved public safety, reliability, security and street appearance while increasing property values and reducing the need for street tree pruning. It also provides cost efficiencies as there are lower life-cycle costs and enables greater use of emerging technologies such as electric vehicles. "Importantly, it creates safer environments with better lighting from efficient new LED streetlights. "Western Power's underground power programs are a significant enhancement to the electricity network and ensures our State Government continues to meet the energy needs of the community now and in the future." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New $11.8 million training centre at Broome TAFE officially open488Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6200html1/06/2023 2:34:54 AM2023-06-01T02:30:00Z State-of-the art facilities for hospitality and tourism, hair and beauty New Hospitality and Student Services Centre to prepare skilled workers for the Kimberley region Part of record $243.3 million investment in the State's TAFE capital works program The Kimberley region's vital tourism and hospitality industries are set to benefit from a new training centre at North Regional TAFE's Broome campus. Training Minister Simone McGurk visited the campus to officially open the $11.8 million Hospitality and Student Services Centre. Designed locally by Engawa Architects and constructed by Broome building company H&M Tracey, the project consists of two new state-of-the-art buildings, linked by an outdoor meeting place, creating a community-feel for students. The project consists of a purpose-built hospitality and tourism training centre, complete with a live-works training restaurant, commercial kitchen, alfresco café and a hair and beauty training facility, delivering industry-standard practice with dedicated spaces for simulated training. The upgrade also includes the redevelopment of the administration building to provide additional space for student and corporate services. The new facilities will help meet demand for staff in the hospitality and tourism industries across the Kimberley and attract international students to study in the region. The WA Government is investing $243.3 million to upgrade facilities at TAFE colleges across Western Australia, including regional areas around the State. Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "As we approach the Kimberley region's peak tourism season, it's fantastic to know that students are training in world-class facilities that will deliver the skills to ensure they're job-ready. "The Broome TAFE campus is the largest training facility in the Kimberley region, with more than 1,000 students enrolled in training so far this year. "North Regional TAFE has four campuses receiving major upgrades as part of the record $243.3 million investment upgrading TAFEs across Western Australia, allowing more people in the regions to train locally." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "Broome has a thriving tourism and hospitality industry and these facilities will mean students have access to the very best training facilities right here where they live and work. "These facilities will also hopefully be a drawcard for international students so they can study in the region and enjoy everything the Kimberley has to offer." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government housing reforms deliver over 1,300 social homes487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12780html1/06/2023 2:10:48 AM2023-06-01T02:00:00Z Record investment in social housing and homelessness measures delivers milestone Housing Minister driving major reforms, accelerating delivery of social housing The State Government has today reached a key housing reform delivery milestone, with more than 1,300 social homes added to the State's public housing stock since its now record $2.6 billion investment in social housing and homelessness measures. With more than 1,300 social homes added, the State Government has already reached its initial target set two years ago. In the face of a heated construction market, the State Government has established a number of alternative and flexible housing reform programs to bolster the supply of social housing across Western Australia, including a State-wide small and medium builders panel which includes 85 builders across the State that are pre-approved for government work to further accelerate social housing delivery; utilising alternative construction methods including timber frame and modular builds; boosting the State's highly successful spot purchasing program; converting surplus Government Regional Officer Housing stock; and driving planning reforms to boost housing supply throughout WA. The State Government is investing a record $2.6 billion over four years in housing and homelessness services, including the delivery of around 4,000 social dwellings as well as refurbishments and maintenance work to many thousands more. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "Since our Government's record investment in housing and homelessness measures we've added more than 1,300 social homes, with more than 900 social homes currently under contract or construction. "We made a clear commitment that in the first two years of our record investment we would deliver 1,300 social homes - we have met this target and remain on track, in the face of a heated construction market. "As Housing, Homelessness and Lands Minister my message is clear, we're using every lever we can to bolster the supply of social housing across Western Australia. "We're investing a record $2.6 billion in housing and homelessness services in WA, including the delivery of around 4,000 social homes. "We're also working to retain ageing social housing properties and investing in alternative construction methods including modular and timber frame to increase social housing across the State." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Over $16 million awarded to remote Aboriginal communities485Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12250html1/06/2023 1:30:25 AM2023-06-01T01:30:00Z $16.7 million in grant funding awarded to six remote Aboriginal organisations to undertake essential maintenance works Maintenance works to upgrade more than 180 dwellings across the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Gascoyne regions Funded through Community Housing Grants program The State Government has awarded $16.7 million in grant funding to Aboriginal organisations to undertake essential maintenance and upgrade housing in remote areas of Western Australia that will help to extend the lifespan of properties. The organisations funded under the Community Housing Grants program are Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL); Barrel Well - Echo International Aid Ltd (Barrel Well); Jamukurnu Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC); Kurrawang Aboriginal Christian Community; Menzies Aboriginal Corporation; and Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation. ACHL received $4,298,833 in funding, which will be used for essential maintenance works on 44 of their dwellings in the East Kimberley comunities of Nulleywah and Mirima. The $2,781,538 in funding awarded to JYAC will be used for essential maintenance works across 25 of their dwellings in the Parrngurr community, located on Martu land in the Pilbara region of WA. Barrel Well will use their $601,833 in funding to complete essential maintenance works across 11 of their dwellings in Ajana (near Kalbarri) located in the Mid-West region. The $16.7 million in funding will cover maintenance works including improvements to kitchens and bathrooms, replacement of cabinetry, pest control, waterproofing, flooring and tiling repairs as well as general plaster and tiling works. These works will enable remote Aboriginal community organisations to build on their commitment to supporting Aboriginal employment and training outcomes in local regional communities. The grant recipients intend to utilise Aboriginal Business Enterprises throughout the supply chain, with 100 per cent Aboriginal owned businesses to be engaged in undertaking the works funded by the Maintenance Grants Program. The Remote Aboriginal Communities Maintenance Grant Program is being delivered through the State Government's Community Housing Grants program, designed to support organisations providing social housing in remote areas, and improve the liveability and lifespan of existing housing assets. The Community Housing Grants program is part of the State Government's $2.6 billion investment in social housing and measures to address homelessness. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "Our Government is committed to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people living in remote communities and these grants will help to upgrade housing for residents in these regions. "The Community Housing Grants Program supports organisations that provide social housing in remote areas with maintenance works to improve housing, the lives of community members and to sustain the remote communities in which they live. "This funding will go towards improving housing conditions for tenants across remote Aboriginal communities and regions." Minister's office - 6552 5300