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Grants of up to $100,000 to bolster WA Australian Disability Enterprises14073Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6530html5/10/2022 4:38:02 AM2022-10-05T04:30:00Z WA Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to be supported in light of Activ Foundation's plans to close large scale work sites ADEs to receive up to $100,000 each to establish a dedicated point of contact for supported employees Part of McGowan Government's $4 million package to support WA ADEs and Activ participants during the transition period Capacity building and contemporary service models a focusThe McGowan Government will fund Western Australian Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to help them take on employees from Activ Foundation. Ability WA (Goodwill Enterprises), Alinea (ParaQuad), Good Sammy, Intelife, Westcare, and Workpower will all receive an initial grant of up to $100,000. This will help them develop information about the workplace and opportunities and enable the ADEs to provide a dedicated point of contact for affected Activ Foundation employees. The State Government announced earlier this year that it would provide $4 million in funding to assist with the transition to the new federal funding model, providing equitable treatment of ADEs in WA. The grants announced today are the first instalment of this funding, which will allow the enterprises to build their capacity, develop contemporary service models and create work opportunities for impacted supported employees of Activ Foundation. Activ Foundation announced in May 2022 its intention to close its large-scale industrial work sites in WA, where more than 750 supported employees with disability currently work. Activ Foundation is one of eight independently owned and operated ADEs in WA, which provided training and supported employment for people with disability, including people with mental illness. Last month, the State and Commonwealth Governments formed a special taskforce to oversee the transition of Activ employees, with representatives from industry and disability advocates. Activ Foundation participants can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for assistance with the transition by phone at 1800 800 100. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "This funding underlines the McGowan Government's commitment to people with disability and the sectors that support them. "Many of the people employed at Activ have told us they want to continue to work in an environment very similar to their current arrangements at Activ, and we want to ensure they are continued this opportunity with another ADE in Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is working with Western Australia's other Australian Disability Enterprises to find options that may suit some of Activ's supported employees, should they choose to join another ADE. "This includes working with other ADEs in developing new employment possibilities. "Supported employees and their families need access to information that will assist them with finding alternative employment options. "Importantly, people with disability need choice and control over what happens to them during this process." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Local businesses shine at 2022 Western Australian Export Awards14072Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6700html5/10/2022 2:02:23 AM2022-10-05T02:00:00Z Communications systems specialist AVI named as 2022 Western Australian Exporter of the Year Winners will progress to the Australian Export Awards in November Exports of Western Australia's goods increased by 28 per cent to $239.5 billion in 2021Myaree-based company, AVI, an exporter of specialised communications systems for some of the world's largest industries, has been named the 2022 Western Australian Exporter of the Year. Now in its 34th year, the WA Export Awards is an annual program that recognises Western Australian companies that have achieved sustainable export growth. Winners in 13 categories were presented with awards at a ceremony held last night at Government House. The winners in each category will represent Western Australia at Austrade's Australian Export Awards, which will be held in November. AVI was also recognised in the Advanced Technologies category for their state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facilities and supply chain surety, ensuring reliable delivery to clients internationally. Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The Western Australian Export Awards recognise local businesses for the significant contribution they make to both the State and national economies. "In 2021, exports of Western Australia's goods increased by 28 per cent to $239.5 billion, which demonstrates the resilience and success of Western Australian exporters. "Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's Western Australian Export Awards. You are all extraordinary examples of Western Australia's strength and determination during unprecedented times." Minister's office - 6552 6500 2022 WA Export Awards - Winners Category Winners Western Australian Exporter of the Year AVI Advanced Technologies AVI Agribusiness, Food and Beverages 2GR Wagyu Beef Creative Industries Kirrikin E-commerce Clean & Pure Emerging Exporter Premier Metal Recyclers International Education and Training Stanley College International Health Little Green Pharma Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Motium Professional Services Oilfield Technologies Regional Exporter DomeShelter Australia Resources and Energy DUG Technology Small Business Information Alignment Sustainability Rare Foods Australia
Western Australia remains the national economic powerhouse14071Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14620html5/10/2022 1:01:35 AM2022-10-05T01:00:00Z WA delivers record $231 billion of mineral and petroleum sales in 2021-22 Lithium prices drive sales to $6.8 billion, nickel has highest sales record in 10 years Jobs in resources sector hit all-time high with more than 157,700 workers Western Australia's resources sector continues to drive the State and national economies, with record sales of $231 billion and the highest-ever employment figures in 2021-22. This is the fourth financial year in a row the sector has delivered record sales, following $151 billion in 2018-19, $172 billion in 2019-20 and $211 billion in 2020-21. Employment in the sector rose to an all-time high of more than 157,700 workers, an increase of around six per cent on the previous financial year. Iron ore maintained its historically high status with sales of $137 billion, gold hit another record with sales of $17 billion, while nickel recorded sales of $4.9 billion. Surging lithium prices drove the value of spodumene concentrate sales to a record $6.8 billion - more than two-and-a-half times its previous record. Lithium was WA's third highest mineral by sales value. The petroleum sector continued to recover following a downturn during the pandemic. LNG production was valued at an all-time high of $38 billion and condensate production was valued at a record $8.6 billion. Mineral exploration expenditure reached a new high of $2.5 billion with strong levels of spending on gold, nickel, copper, rare earths and lithium. More than $24 billion was invested in WA's mining and petroleum sector - the highest level since 2016, and the State has around $57 billion of resources projects under development and a further $87 billion in medium and longer-term projects in the pipeline. For more information, visit http//dmp.wa.gov.au/About-Us-Careers/Latest-Statistics-Release-4081.aspx Comments attributed to Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan "These results again highlight the success of our Jobs Plan and our commitment to creating long-term employment for Western Australians. "Our unrivalled economic management and growing resources sector shows time and time again that our State is the backbone of our nation's economy." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "These exceptional results continue to deliver jobs and outstanding economic benefits to Western Australia and our regional communities. "It's especially pleasing to see the growth in battery and critical minerals such as nickel, lithium and rare earths given the global transition to green energy. "WA has a proven track record as a reliable investment partner and these results are a testament to our economic stability, legal clarity and regulatory certainty." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Cruise industry leaders sail into WA for WA Cruise Exchange14070Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7040html5/10/2022 12:57:47 AM2022-10-05T00:50:00Z Cruise industry heavyweights in Perth for sixth WA Cruise Exchange Conference showcases WA ports and onshore activities to world's leading liners Cruise shipping employed nearly 1,000 people and contributed more than $262 million to the WA economy pre-COVID The WA Cruise Exchange is set to raise the profile of the State as a world-class cruise shipping destination when it kicks off in Perth today ahead of the imminent return of major cruise liners to Western Australia. A host of leading cruise lines, including Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Australian Pacific Touring, MSC Cruises, and Ponant, are attending the four-day cruising conference, along with first-time attendees Heritage Cruises, Coral Expeditions and Viking Cruises. Eight WA port destinations - Albany, Broome, Busselton, Dampier, Esperance, Exmouth, Fremantle and Geraldton - are being represented at the event, as well as the peak body for Aboriginal tours and experiences in WA, the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. The Exchange connects cruise industry leaders with representatives from WA ports and the tourism industry to learn about the exciting range of onshore activities WA has to offer. Twenty-four senior representatives from the eight global cruise lines, along with ground handlers and peak cruise industry bodies, will visit ports such as Busselton, Broome and Fremantle and explore attractions in the surrounding regions, with local industry to pitch their destination for inclusion in cruising itineraries. This is the sixth time WA has hosted the Exchange, with the number of cruise lines taking part more than doubling since the inaugural event in 2013. The Exchange comes ahead of a bumper cruise season for WA, with the maiden call by Carnival Australia's Coral Princess to Fremantle on 28 October carrying 1,970 guests and crew, followed by Cunard's Queen Elizabeth on 7 November carrying 2,080 guests and crew. An inaugural Kimberley season has also recently been confirmed by Ponant, with its luxurious three-masted sailing vessel, Le Ponant, scheduled to cruise between Broome and Kuri Bay, home to the Paspaley pearl farm on the Kimberley Coast, in 2023. More than 10,000 cruise ship guests are expected to visit WA between October and December this year. For more information on cruise shipping in WA, visit the Tourism WA corporate website. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "The WA Cruise Exchange is a great opportunity for WA to show the global cruise industry that our State has untapped potential when it comes to providing incredible onshore experiences for guests looking for unexplored, one-of-a-kind destinations. "This event gives our State's port destinations an amazing opportunity to secure new business and show the major players in the cruise industry that they have what it takes to be included in Australian and Western Australian itineraries. "The fact that this event is increasing in popularity reflects the growing appetite cruise lines and their passengers have for the unique experiences available in our State. "The cruise industry was worth more than $262 million to our economy pre-COVID and we're committed to building the relationships to get back to that level again quickly. "Our clear message to the rest of the country and the world is that Western Australia is well and truly open for business - all over the State, as well as up and down our spectacular coastlines." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Boost for farmers with completion of Murchison cell fence14069Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5260html4/10/2022 6:02:18 AM2022-10-04T06:00:00Z Murchison Region Vermin Cell fence completed, enclosing 53 pastoral properties in a wild dog-proof cell Fence aims to improve wild dog control and increase pastoralists' confidence to return to sheep and goat productionAgriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened an expansive cell fence project in the Murchison today, which is protecting 53 pastoral properties in the region from wild dogs. The McGowan Government has invested $1.144 million towards building the Murchison Regional Vermin Cell fence, to encourage small livestock production in the rangelands. The cell builds off the State Barrier Fence to encompass more than 6.5 million hectares of pastoral land, extending through the Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Sandstone, Cue and Meekatharra areas. The State Government's investment was part of the Western Australian Wild Dog Action plan. The cell will allow pastoralists inside the fenced area to control wild dogs, and mitigate the threat of the animals migrating back into the area from the surrounding rangelands. This is one of four cells in the pastoral region - backed by the State Government - aiming to help rebuild the sheep industry by demonstrating the effectiveness of cell fencing in combating wild dogs. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Sheep farming and wild dogs are simply incompatible. "The completion of this cell in the Murchison region will now allow pastoralists to get on top of wild dog numbers within the fence and give them confidence to invest in small stock production once again. "This project has contributed to strong local job creation and Aboriginal involvement, including the use of regional contractors to erect 283 km of wild dog proof vermin fencing, and sourcing of materials through a local supplier." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA Government to review young offender laws14068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15580html4/10/2022 3:02:44 AM2022-10-04T03:00:00Z Department of Justice instructed to review Young Offenders Act 1994 Review to consider Act's objectives in current youth justice environment Stakeholder consultation will help underpin examination of laws The Western Australian Government will undertake a comprehensive review of youth offender laws to ensure they can provide the best outcomes for young people involved in the justice system and the community. Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston has instructed the Department of Justice to determine whether the Young Offenders Act 1994 is continuing to efficiently achieve its objectives regarding contemporary youth justice issues and trends. Key principles of the Act include diverting young people from the formal criminal justice system where possible and using detention as a last resort, while protecting the community. The review comes as the State's corrective services, police force and courts face and adapt to a changing youth justice landscape. It will examine the over-representation of young Aboriginal people in detention, the effect of cognitive impairment disability on diversion, and the isolation and separation of detainees. A consultation process will be undertaken as part of the review. An issues paper will be circulated seeking feedback from stakeholders on diversion methods, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Written submissions received in response to the paper will inform the review, which is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston "Youth justice is a highly complex area involving extremely challenging young people who have committed crimes or are at risk of doing so - and in many cases they need help to get back on the right path. "Young Aboriginal people make up a disproportionate number of young offenders and young people in detention, which will be considered in the course of the review. "Few would argue against the need for greater diversionary and rehabilitative measures for WA's youth and addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. "The review aligns with the McGowan Government's priority of reducing youth reoffending." Minister's office - 6552 6700
FishWatch reporting service goes online14067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4980html4/10/2022 2:12:41 AM2022-10-04T02:00:00Z Reports of illegal fishing activity can now be made online via Crimestoppers The new FishWatch online platform is in addition to the existing 24-hour hotlineAnyone who spots suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can now access a new online service to make a report. The fishing, boating and beachcombing community have an important role to play in helping protect the state's oceans and waterways. The new online FishWatch platform allows users to provide detailed illegal fishing tip-offs, such as car and boat registrations, times, dates and locations. There is also an option to include supporting photos or screenshots. This information will help the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tackle illegal fishing behaviour which harms fish, impacts the marine environment and undermines the experience of responsible fishers. Members of the public can make a report at the CrimeStoppers website www.crimestopperswa.com.au/organisation-report/ by clicking on the department link. This will complement the existing FishWatch 24-hour hotline, which remains available on free call 1800 815 507. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "If you see or hear about fishing activity that isn't quite right, make a report through the new FishWatch online reporting service or use the 24-hour hotline. "This may include someone netting where they shouldn't be, exceeding their bag limits, taking undersized fish, fishing in a closed area or attempting to sell recreationally-caught fish. "With technology now constantly at our fingertips - even on the water - photos, videos or screenshots can be quickly uploaded to this online reporting service and provide valuable leads to assist our officers investigate and stop illegal fishing activities. "Past reports to FishWatch have resulted in successful apprehensions, so by reporting what you see, you will assist us in protecting WA's fish resources for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Strong WA contingent to attend Land Forces 202214066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8360html3/10/2022 10:06:47 PM2022-10-03T22:00:00Z ​ More than 30 WA defence industry innovators exhibiting to national and international industry leaders More than 20 WA small and medium-sized enterprises hosted at the Defence West stand as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector Land Forces 2022 will run from October 4-6 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre The world-class capability, innovation, and technology of Western Australia's defence industry is on show this week at the Land Forces 2022 conference in Brisbane. More than 20 WA-based organisations have been selected to join Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia at the event today, with the best of the West showcased for national and international decision makers and leaders. The organisations were selected through an expression of interest process and will be hosted on the WA Government's Defence West stand, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector. Several high-profile WA companies also plan to host their own stands at the event. Leading WA businesses will showcase a range of capabilities, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, cyber security, communications, and data management. Hosted by the AMDA Foundation in collaboration with the Australian Army - Land Forces is our region's premier international land defence exhibition, showcasing equipment, technology, and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 13,000 people from industry, government, and defence attended Land Forces 2021. The McGowan Government has committed $350 million to support defence expansion in WA. Identified as a priority sector in the McGowan Government's economic development framework - Diversify WA - the growth of the defence industry is important to ensuring the State has a strong and diversified economy with secure, quality jobs. Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "There have never been more opportunities for the WA defence industry than there are right now. "The Australian Army has begun the largest peacetime acquisition phase in its 121-year history and the strategic posture of the Australian Defence Force is currently under review. "The historic AUKUS alliance will no doubt also bring massive opportunities for the defence sector, and the McGowan Government is committed to making sure our WA innovators and businesses are best placed to seize those opportunities. "The WA Government is proud to support the State's expanding defence industry at the conference, providing local companies and SMEs with a unique opportunity to engage with decision makers. "Unlocking the full potential of our defence industry is a key part of the WA Government's plan to diversify the State's economy and secure the jobs of the future for Western Australians." Minister's Office 6552 5600
Special services to commemorate Bali Bombings14064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12700html2/10/2022 2:20:16 AM2022-10-01T23:00:00Z ​ 12 October to mark 20 years since the atrocious Bali Bombings Bali Memorial Association to host public commemorative service at Kings Park, supported by State Government State Government to host private breakfast event for those directly affected by the attacks Special exhibition to open at WA Museum Boola Bardip Western Australians can pay their respects to the lives lost in the 2002 Bali Bombings at a special commemorative service to mark 20 years since the tragic event. On 12 October 2002, 202 people - including 88 Australians - lost their lives when bombs were detonated at a popular Kuta night spot. Hundreds more were seriously injured. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, a public service will be held at the Bali Memorial at Kings Park at 5.30am on Wednesday, 12 October 2022. The event - hosted by the Bali Memorial Association with support from the State Government - will give Western Australians an opportunity to honour the victims of the 2002 and 2005 bombings. Following the service, the State Government will host a private breakfast event for those directly affected by the tragedy - survivors, as well as family and friends of victims. To mark the 20th anniversary, a 'Remembering the Bali Bombings 20 Years On' photographic exhibition will open at the WA Museum Boola Bardip from Wednesday (12 October). Given its proximity to Bali, Royal Perth Hospital - assisted by other local organisations - played a key role in treating injured survivors that were airlifted to Western Australia. As a tribute to the extraordinary work of the hospital staff, photographs and video testimonials from survivors and staff will be on display in the special exhibition. The photographic exhibition will run until 28 February 2023 at the Old Gaol at WA Museum Boola Bardip. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians will never forget the atrocious attacks in Bali. "The 20th anniversary is a time for our community to come together to remember the lives lost and show our support for survivors, friends and families. "Importantly, it provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary efforts of hospital staff that treated survivors, and the outpouring of community support in such a difficult time for so many Western Australians. "We thank the Bali Memorial Association for the continued efforts over the past 20 years to support those affected by this tragedy." Comments attributed to Bali Memorial Association Treasurer Keith Pearce "For those who were there and those who lost loved ones it seems like yesterday. "The Bali Memorial Association believes it is important to continue to provide a commemoration each year and especially important on significant anniversaries such as this. "At this difficult time, I am sure people will find comfort knowing our Government has not forgotten us." Premier's office – 6552 5000
WA Bike Month blasts off at Mindeerup14063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7570html1/10/2022 5:04:34 AM2022-10-01T05:00:00Z Bike month encourages people of all ages and abilities to give bike riding a go $8 million available as part of Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program McGowan Government investing $347 million in walking and riding infrastructure over next four years More information on WA Bike Month events available at www.wabikemonth.com.au Western Australians are encouraged to dust off their helmets, pump up their tyres and give bike riding a go during WA Bike Month. Held from 1 to 31 October, Bike Month is Western Australia's annual celebration of bike riding for transport, fun and a healthier lifestyle. The festivities were launched today at the Big Bike Month Blast Off celebration held at Mindeerup, kicking off four weeks of events to encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride more often. During WA Bike Month, applications will also open for the popular Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program. As part of the program, up to $8 million will be provided to local governments for the design and construction of safe walking and riding infrastructure, increasing opportunities for Western Australians to choose active transport to move around the State. For the first time, a new grant category will be available as part of the program. Six local governments will be awarded an Active Travel Officer grant to employ a dedicated staff member to deliver bike planning and infrastructure projects and implement initiatives to encourage their community to walk and ride. This year, the State Government announced a record $347 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years, which will continue to improve safety and bike network connectivity in WA. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Riding is a great way to travel short distances, such as going to the shops or the train station. It is an enjoyable way to get some exercise, see more of your community and it also helps take cars off the road. "Our Government is facilitating a record $347 million dollar investment in active transport infrastructure around WA over the next four years, creating a more connected cycling network making it easier than ever for us to get around on our bikes. "The $8 million awarded as part of the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program will support local governments to enhance recreational, commuter and tourism riding and walking experiences for residents and visitors to the State. "It is just one way we are working collaboratively with local government to ensure our active transport infrastructure is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. "I encourage everyone - from experienced riders to those who may be getting on the bike for the first time - to participate in a WA Bike Month event in their area and share their #ridetogetherwa moment this October." Minister's office - 6552 5500