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Thousands joins Eid celebrations across the State69617Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/06/2017 6:31:20 AM2017-06-26T06:30:00Z ​More than 40,000 Western Australian Muslims are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan The McGowan Government has supported Eid-ul-Fitr events with $25,000 via the Office of Multicultural Interests Thousands of people across Western Australia are celebrating the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid-ul-Fitr - one of the most important times in the Islamic calendar. Eid-ul-Fitr, which translates into 'festival of breaking the fast', is marked by spending time with family and friends and doing charitable deeds. Eid events are now some of the biggest community festivals in this State and are enjoyed by Western Australia's Muslim communities as well as by increasing numbers from the wider community. This year, the McGowan Government is supporting Eid events, via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program, including the Australian Arab Association's Multicultural Eid Carnival with a grant of $12,500; and the Islamic Centre of WA's Eid festivals at Kings Park and Whiteman Park, and Australian Islamic College in Kewdale with a grant of $12,500. These events, together with many others happening across the State, enliven and contribute significantly to Western Australia's rich cultural diversity. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Our cultural diversity - of which Western Australian Muslims are a vital part - creates innovation, energy and momentum that benefits every one of us. "The events happening across the State to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr are bringing communities together and enabling us to work towards a harmonious and cohesive society. "It's a great pleasure to wish Western Australia's Muslim communities Eid Mubarak during this important and joyful time." Minister's office - 6552 5600
More support to help WA's methamphetamine battle69615Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/06/2017 12:22:58 AM2017-06-25T23:00:00Z ​WA community leaders to form Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Methamphetamine Action Plan will better support Western Australians impacted by methamphetamine use Specialised taskforce a key aspect to implementing another election commitment The McGowan Labor Government has established a specialised taskforce as it continues to implement its State-wide, co-ordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan. The plan focuses on three equal pillars of prevention, protection and prosecution, and aims to better support communities and families impacted by the devastating effects and flow-on effects of methamphetamine use. Strategies outlined in the plan also include additional investment in treatment facilities, expansion of specialist drug services, and the introduction of emergency department mental health observation areas. Adopting a cross-government approach, the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce includes drug experts and community leaders in the fields of social and community services, health, education, drug research, and policing. The taskforce is charged with providing advice, identifying opportunities for improvement to programs and cross-sector collaboration, as well as advising on the development of measurable performance indicators relating to the implementation of the Methamphetamine Action Plan. Reporting to the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee, taskforce members will participate as individuals, rather than as representatives of their organisations, to contribute to discussions based on their own knowledge and experiences. Taskforce members include Ron Alexander (Chair) - Director General, Department of Sport and Recreation Professor Daniel Fatovich - Professor of Emergency Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital and The University of Western Australia; and Head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine (UWA) Don Punch - Bunbury MLA Professor Colleen Hayward AM - Chair, Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Council; Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin (Centre for Indigenous Education and Research) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous, Edith Cowan University Professor Simon Lenton - Director, National Drug Research Institute Michelle Fyfe APM - Assistant Commissioner, State Crime, WA Police Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We have brought together some of the brightest Western Australians, who understand the issue at hand, to develop targeted prevention campaigns and strategies to deal with WA's meth scourge. "We will provide them with the support they need to consult and advise on how this State can battle this devastating drug problem that is tearing families apart "The Methamphetamine Action Plan gives equal emphasis to reducing demand, the harm caused by use, and the supply of the drug crippling this State. "We understand frontline service providers like police, emergency department staff, and paramedics often bear the brunt of drug-fuelled behaviours, and they deserve support from the community and the State. "We've been getting on with the job to deliver real outcomes, unlike the former Liberal National Government, which was too focused on catchy slogans with limited or no strategy." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This taskforce will play an integral role in overseeing the Methamphetamine Action Plan to ensure it is delivered efficiently and effectively to specifically reduce harm, and address supply and demand for methamphetamine in WA. "Western Australia has the highest rate of methamphetamine use across the nation, and this is having a more dramatic and damaging effect on the wider community. "The extreme physical, psychological, and neurological damage done to users is devastating, and creates long-term problems which also impact on the wider community. "We need collaborative and sustained efforts from across the whole of our community if we have any chance of reducing the devastating impact methamphetamine use is having on communities across Western Australia. "The McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan and taskforce will better direct us on this challenging journey." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 METHAMPHETAMINE ACTION PLAN TASKFORCE TERMS OF REFERENCE Membership The Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce (the Taskforce) members and Chair will be endorsed by the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub Committee (the Sub Committee) and approved by State Cabinet. Function The Sub Committee will direct the Taskforce to provide advice and recommendations on specific issues relating to the implementation of the Methamphetamine Action Plan. 1. Respond to Sub Committee requests for advice Provide advice and make recommendations in response to requests from the Sub Committee. Consider the needs of the Western Australian community generally, as well as the specific needs of vulnerable groups (as appropriate), when providing advice on methamphetamine matters. 2. Identify opportunities for improvement Provide advice on how programs can be best delivered and targeted to areas of greatest need, including regional areas. Provide advice on how Government can best communicate with the community and vulnerable groups about methamphetamine. Provide insights into the lived experience of community members who have been directly affected by methamphetamine. Provide advice on how research can inform Government initiatives and programs aimed at reducing the harm, supply, and demand for methamphetamine. Review successful interventions from interstate and overseas with potential for adoption in Western Australia. 3. Identify opportunities for cross-sector collaboration Identify opportunities for Government, community and/or business sector collaboration to reduce methamphetamine harm, supply and demand, and make recommendations for Sub Committee consideration. Identify opportunities for the community and business sectors to contribute to reducing methamphetamine harm, supply and demand. 4. Advise the development of measurable performance indicators Advise the development of performance indicators and targets that can be used to measure the success of Methamphetamine Action Plan initiatives, for Sub Committee consideration. Establishment of advisory groups 1. Obtaining advice on specific issues or populations The Taskforce may establish time-limited advisory groups to make recommendations to the Taskforce on specific issues or priority population group and methamphetamine use. The Chair of any advisory group will be a member of the Taskforce. Minutes of meetings and a Chair update must be provided at Taskforce meetings as requested. 2. Consumer, Family and Carer Payments Advisory group members who identify as consumers, family members and/or carers will be offered participation payments and reimbursement for out of pocket expenses. Participation and reimbursement will be in accordance with the Mental Health Commission's Consumer, Family, Carer and Community Paid Partnership Policy, which provides a framework for participation payments to be offered to consumers, families, carers, and community members. Operation 1. Confidentiality Taskforce members may be exposed to information that relates to confidential Cabinet deliberations. Members must keep in confidence such material. 2. Duration The Taskforce will operate for the life of the Sub Committee, unless directed by the Sub Committee to dissolve earlier. 3. Reporting The Taskforce will receive direction from, and report to, the Sub Committee. The Chair of the Taskforce will attend Sub Committee meetings, as required and requested by the Sub Committee Chair. 4. Agenda Setting The agenda will be set by the Taskforce Chair, and will be informed by direction provided by the Sub Committee. All submissions for Taskforce consideration should be addressed to the Chair. 5. Timing of Meetings Quarterly. Additional meetings may be held on an 'as required' basis. 6. Attendance at Meetings Taskforce members are invited as individuals, rather than as representatives of their organisation. Proxies cannot attend Taskforce meetings in place of official members. 7. Secretariat and Departmental Support The Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Mental Health Commission will co-ordinate secretariat support for the Taskforce. The role of the Secretariat is to provide administrative support to the Taskforce, and act as a conduit between the Sub Committee and the Taskforce.
Local jobs boost with new approach for Swan River Pedestrian Bridge69465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6630html25/06/2017 3:24:25 AM2017-06-25T03:00:00Z Swan River Pedestrian Bridge to be built locally, maximising WA jobs New McGowan Government approach will see bridge components built in Perth About 250 local jobs to be created for Western Australians New completion target date of March 2018 set with financial disincentives for delays The McGowan Labor Government will have the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge built locally, creating about 250 local jobs in Western Australia. The steel deck and arch components of the bridge were being fabricated in Malaysia after head contractor, York Rizzani Joint Venture subcontracted the fabrication to a Toyota Tsusho entity. Originally the bridge was due to be completed by the end of 2016, but it was plagued by delays, with the Toyota Tsusho entity repeatedly failing to meet delivery timeframes. None of the arches have yet arrived despite numerous assurances. Following continued disputes, York Rizzani Joint Venture terminated its subcontract with Toyota Tsusho. York Rizzani Joint Venture retains liability for any claims from Toyota Tsusho in respect to that subcontract. The McGowan Government has engaged with the head contractor over a series of meetings late this week, to gain more control over a timely delivery of the project after the previous approach left the State virtually powerless. Under the renegotiated contract, claims arising from contract variations made under the previous Liberal National Government have been settled, a new target completion date of March 2018 will be set, and meaningful financial disincentives for late completion will apply. The new program of steel fabrication works by the intended local subcontractor is being submitted for appropriate due diligence by quantity surveyors and fabrication experts. A revised cost is being set for the entire project comprising of $80.4 million, with an extra $2.6 million payable once the target completion date is met. New site assembly costs will also be incurred. The State Government's new agreement has been negotiated by Main Roads Western Australia with the State Solicitor's Office, in consultation with Treasury's Office of Strategic Projects. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a significant win for Western Australia and the best outcome for our local economy. "We're securing new local jobs and have renegotiated a complex contract to give us the best chance to have the bridge delivered in time to coincide with the opening events of the stadium. "My Government was elected to put WA jobs first and that's exactly what's happening here." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The previous contract left the State Government virtually powerless over local jobs, quality and completion time for the bridge. "While this situation we are in is not ideal, we are cautiously optimistic about delivering the bridge in March. "Having the main bridge components built overseas was always the wrong approach for Western Australians, but this is just another example of the mess we have had to clean up. "We're boosting local jobs and implementing a credible plan going forward." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Bushfire Mitigation Summit hears from key stakeholders on way forward27337Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3530html24/06/2017 8:41:52 AM2017-06-24T07:55:00Z Some of WA's leading voices on bushfire mitigation gathered in Mandurah First time many attendees had been in the same room to talk about the issues Multi-partisan approach with members of Parliament across political spectrum Issues ranged from rural fire service delivery and science of bushfire mitigation to prescribed burning targets and raising community awareness of bushfire risks Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has expressed his gratitude to the attendees of yesterday's Bushfire Mitigation Summit for their contribution to the complex task of mitigating Western Australia's bushfire risk. The Bushfire Mitigation Summit, a McGowan Government election commitment, heard from representatives from volunteer associations, government agencies, landowners, local government, pastoralists, commercial enterprises and advocacy groups. A wide range of ideas and issues were discussed, but the common theme was a desire to work together to reach the best possible outcomes to protect communities from bushfires. A rural fire service was also covered and several options about how it could be structured, including as a sub-department within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, were raised. Practical considerations such as training for volunteers, on-the-ground communication and teaching people how to reduce fuel loads on private property were also discussed. A summary of the summit is now being prepared by the Office of Emergency Management and will be made available. The McGowan Labor Government will be guided by the findings in developing policy to address the increasingly complicated task of managing bushfire risk across Western Australia. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan "I would like to thank once more those people who took the time to share their valuable insights and knowledge with the McGowan Labor Government. "Getting those people in the same room, many for the first time, to be able to sit down and really go through the issues was invaluable. "The summit also demonstrated how complex the task is with many of the issues falling under a range of government portfolios including local government, environment, regional development, planning, lands and police. "I also asked the attendees to consider how a rural fire service could operate, and be funded, and there were a variety of options put forward, which the whole of government will now consider along with the other issues and ideas raised." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Charles Street bus bridge to open on Sunday27339Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4280html24/06/2017 4:30:33 AM2017-06-24T04:30:00Z New bus bridge and busway now complete Revised bus services for northern suburbs in effect from Sunday Peak hour commuters to save up to six minutes each trip The new Charles Street bus bridge and busway will officially open on Sunday, June 25. The new infrastructure will benefit more than 30 northern suburbs bus services, saving up to six minutes on peak hour trips. The $32.1 million project included construction of a 120 metre 'bus only' bridge over the Graham Farmer Freeway and the new Roe Street freeway off-ramp into Northbridge. Additionally, 500 metres of new bus lanes were created on Charles Street between Newcastle Street and Janet Street in West Perth as part of the project. Construction will continue on a bus storage facility off James Street in Northbridge and new accesses from the bus bridge to this facility, both scheduled for completion in August. Transperth has advised passengers in recent weeks of the changes to routes 15, 370, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 402, 403, 404, 970 and 990. In addition, changes will occur to routes 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 349, 365, 372, 376, 377, 378, 379, 390, 450 and 461 as part of Transperth's regular network updates. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Providing dedicated public transport infrastructure is key to increasing the community's use of buses and reducing reliance on private vehicles. "About 16,000 passengers and 1,200 buses will traverse the bridge and busway each day, alleviating traffic on other CBD roads and shaving up to six minutes off peak hour trips. "Improving bus journey times is one thing, but we are also focused on building METRONET to deliver an integrated, world-class public transport system for the whole city. "I thank the local community who contributed to the project through a Stakeholder Reference Group, providing valuable input into features including pedestrian and cyclist access." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Northern suburbs residents to benefit from Joondalup hospital expansion27389Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4760html24/06/2017 3:00:42 AM2017-06-24T03:00:00Z McGowan Labor Government progresses election commitment to expand Joondalup Health Campus Statement of Intent signed with Ramsay Health Care New Urgent Care Clinic and Medihotel included in expansion plans Healthcare in the northern suburbs will be given a major boost with the McGowan Labor Government's expansion of Joondalup Health Campus. The McGowan Government and Ramsay Health Care today co-signed a Statement of Intent to deliver the expansion, with work to get under way to further develop the plan. The plan will see the State Government honour its $167 million election commitment to provide 90 additional public inpatient beds (on top of the existing 467) and between 25 and 30 new mental health beds (on top of the existing 47). As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to put patients first, an Urgent Care Clinic will be established at Joondalup Health Campus to treat patients who are assessed as non-urgent and help reduce pressure on the emergency department. A Medihotel will also be built to free up more hospital beds and improve patient flow. The expansion will also include eight new operating theatres (up from 12), a six-bed stroke unit established and an expanded emergency department capacity. Visitor and staff parking will also be increased. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We are putting patients first in our northern suburbs, and delivering yet another election commitment, one that will not only provide an enormous benefit for them, but also for the WA Health system overall. "Western Australians can count on this State Government to properly manage our hospitals, and to create a health system where the patient is the priority, providing health care where and when people need it. "The expansion and the introduction of a Medihotel and Urgent Care Clinic will take pressure off the busy emergency department and reduce wait times for patients. These were key initiatives we took to the election and we're getting on with the job. "This State Government will ensure sustainable delivery of health services in WA, and continue to focus on value and efficiency to maintain and improve high-quality services and good health outcomes for the WA community." Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Joondalup Health Campus is the cornerstone of health care in Perth's northern suburbs and we need to make sure we continue to expand the services it provides to local families. "Activity at Joondalup Health Campus has increased significantly in recent years and while the hospital continues to perform extremely well, this expansion will allow for an even better health service with extra capacity. "Last year, the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department had close to 100,000 presentations, making it one of the busiest EDs in the nation, a position it has held for some years now. "It also performed around 30,750 surgical procedures last year - a 58 per cent increase over a five-year period. "We have a long standing partnership with Ramsay Health Care and look forward to working with them to further improve services at Joondalup and to meet the growing needs of the local community." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health and Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA tourism board chairman steps down27419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12110html23/06/2017 7:30:13 AM2017-06-23T07:30:00Z ​ Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has thanked outgoing Tourism Western Australia Board Chairman Peter Prendiville for his service to the industry. His term began in September 2011 and he became chairman in July 2012. After almost six years on the board, Mr Prendiville has decided to step down from his position. Mr Prendiville has made a valuable contribution to both the board and industry. The State Government wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. A replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "On behalf of the State Government, I thank Peter Prendiville for his service to the Tourism WA board over the past six years. "I wish him all the best in his future endeavours as I know he'll continue to be an asset to the tourism industry in WA. "A suitable replacement will be announced shortly." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Grants to build food exports to Asia27355Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7690html23/06/2017 5:03:56 AM2017-06-23T05:00:00Z ​$1.57 million in grants to build premium food trade to Asia, helping to create regional jobs across Western Australia The McGowan Government has announced more than $1.5 million in grant funding to build Western Australian businesses, drive food exports to Asia and create sustainable jobs in the regions. The funding will support WA businesses to export ready-to-eat products for aged-care markets. These products include world-class Pilbara Wagyu beef, WA-branded lamb for high-end markets, premium fresh milk and high-quality fruit, among others. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today visit one of the grant recipients, Manjimup's Fresh Produce Alliance, who will use their funding to commercialise a ready-to-eat product range for aged-care markets in Asia using Western Australian fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be unmarketable. Projects with a focus on value-adding such as Fresh Produce Alliance's product range will help to create long-term jobs for Western Australians in regional areas. More information on the Grants for Asian Market Export, administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food and supported by Royalties for Regions, is available at http// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "To drive long-term jobs in Western Australia, we need to create more value on-shore from the meat, fruit and vegetables that we produce for export. "These projects are focused on processing in WA and developing onshore supply chains to develop high-end products and create jobs for regional people. "Asia's demand for high-quality primary produce is at a record high and these grants will help businesses to capture a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "These businesses operate across the State, from the Pilbara to the Great Southern, and are themselves making significant investment in accessing and developing high-value sustainable export markets to drive regional WA into the future." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Grants for Asian Market Export - Round Two recipients Fresh Produce Alliance Pty Ltd - $200,000 to develop and commercialise a nutritious, ready-to-eat product range for the aged-care market in Asia. Pardoo Beef Corporation - $200,000 to develop a full marketing plan for exporting quality Pardoo Wagyu beef from the Pilbara to niche Asian markets. Tosum Pty Ltd - $200,000 to upgrade facilities that will enable Tosum to guarantee premium quality and sweetness of fruit for year-round supply to high-end export customers. Harvey Industries Group Pty Ltd - $200,000 will leverage Harvey Beef's brand created by its retail beef range, to develop a WA-branded lamb finished product for high-end Asian markets. Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative - $200,000 to launch a 'business to consumer' live lobster supply chain in China and develop strategic marketing activities to establish western rock lobster as a premium lobster product. Avena Mills Pty Ltd - $173,822 to transform Avena Mills from a hulled oats and bird seed processor into a rolled-oats processor and exporter into premium Asian markets. Future Fields Pty Ltd (Bannister Downs Dairy) - $200,000 to develop a real-time, web-based quality assurance platform to increase customer confidence and ensure Bannister Downs Dairy products meet stringent export standards of premium Asian markets. Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd - $200,000 to diversify Ocean Grown Abalone's product offering by implementing live export and processing technology, and market development activities in premium Asian markets.
WA's extraordinary black truffles on show27417Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6310html23/06/2017 2:00:22 AM2017-06-23T02:00:00Z ​Truffle Kerfuffle promotes WA's famous black truffles and local produce Regional events provide significant economic, social and cultural benefits Thousands of food lovers are expected to attend this weekend's Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup to indulge in and experience Western Australia's finest produce, including the prized black truffle. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan will officially open the event at Fonty's Pool in Manjimup this evening. The Southern Forests region is synonymous with black truffles. It accounts for more than 70 per cent of the nation's truffle harvest and is the biggest producer in the southern hemisphere. Now in its seventh year, Truffle Kerfuffle celebrates this successful industry and showcases the best of the region's produce to thousands of people across the festival weekend. Highlights include truffle hunts, fresh truffle sales, a gourmet food and wine marketplace, pop-up dining, wine tasting, live music, Chef's Cabin workshops and demonstrations featuring freshly unearthed truffles. The festival has also attracted celebrity chefs including Paul West from River Cottage Australia and Jack Stein, executive chef across the Rick Stein Group in the United Kingdom, as well as some of WA's best chefs. Truffle Kerfuffle is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Truffles are emblematic of fine dining; at Truffle Kerfuffle, we are showing off our State's ability to produce the highest calibre of culinary delights. "Truffle Kerfuffle puts our local produce onto the national and international stage, drawing visitors to the Southern Forests region and creating business and job opportunities for the local community." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "There is a growing trend towards culinary tourism, with about 400,000 people visiting WA each year because of its food and wine. "Supporting unique events such as Truffle Kerfuffle will help us to further grow this important industry and showcase the State's quality produce, including the black truffle, to the world. "Tourism is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities, especially in the regions." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Greater training required for new drivers27356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18900html22/06/2017 11:55:12 PM2017-06-22T23:00:00Z New changes to the provisional licence process will ensure better training for novice drivers First change will be the re-sequence of the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) Drivers now need to undertake at least 50 hours of supervised driving and the HPT before they are eligible to take the PDA Learner drivers will need to accumulate more experience before being eligible to take their Practical Driving Assessment under new reforms to produce safer motorists. From October 9, 2017, the State Government will be introducing changes to the provisional licence process to better prepare applicants and ultimately produce safer drivers. One of the major changes is re-sequencing the Hazard Perception Test to occur before the Practical Driving Assessment. Under the new system, learners need to complete both the Hazard Perception Test and 50 hours of supervised driving before being eligible to attempt the PDA to get their driver's licence. The 50-hour log book also needs to include five hours of supervised night-time driving to ensure greater learner experience prior to attempting the PDA. Changing the sequence will reduce the complexity of the provisional licence process, align Western Australia with other States and streamline the Department of Transport's service delivery. Updated and modernised HPT clips will also be delivered as part of the changes taking place on October 9. The reforms are aimed at developing the necessary skills to drive a vehicle safely and build the experience learner drivers need, to cope with potential hazards and distractions while driving. Existing learner's permit holders will automatically transfer to the new process from October 9, 2017. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government has listened to industry and community feedback about the provisional licence process and we will ensure applicants have greater driving experience and cognitive maturity when attempting their driving tests. "The provisional licence process has seen a reduction in road crashes involving novice drivers. "It is hoped that the re-sequence will increase the current practical driving assessment pass rate, resulting in more assessment slots being vacant, which will reduce customer wait times for PDA availability. "Current provisional licence applicants will receive a letter with information explaining these changes in detail." Minister's office - 6552 5500