The success of WA’s manufacturing sector has historically been based on the ability to leverage the State’s primary industries such as mining and agriculture. The sector has built on this foundation to position itself as a specialist producer of high-quality products. The growing capability of the sector, combined with rapid technological advancements, means WA manufacturers are well-placed to enter new and expanding markets.
However, WA must have a business-friendly regulatory environment and competitive tax system supported by a skilled and capable workforce if our manufacturing sector is to reach its full potential.
We’re working for
- Ensuring manufacturers have access to the skills and resources they require to be competitive, productive and innovative.
- Understanding the global, national and local trends affecting the manufacturing sector, including developments in automation, AI and additive manufacturing technology driving the transition to ‘Industry 4.0’.
- Advocating for taxation and regulatory settings that will improve the productivity of WA manufacturers and their ability to compete in national and international markets.
What we’ve been up to
Our submission to the ERA’s Inquiry into Reform of Business Licensing in Western Australia supported actions to reduce the regulatory burden and other economic costs for businesses.
In our feedback to the EPA’s background paper on greenhouse gas assessment guidelines, we called for called for WA’s manufacturers to be benchmarked against comparable international business. This will ensure that any emissions guidelines appropriately account for the relatively low emissions intensity of WA manufacturers.