Feedback sought in Jobs Act review 

The State Government is seeking feedback from local businesses into the outcomes and effectiveness of the Western Australian Jobs Act (2017) as part of a five-yearly review of the legislation. 

The WA Jobs Act review is set to cover a range of topics including the effectiveness of the Act, the main achievements, recommendations for improvements and analysis of how the Act interfaced with other State Government policies.

First initiated in 2017, the WA Jobs Act was established to ensure that State Government procurement and purchasing policies supported local industry participation. The Act also established the WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), which requires prospective suppliers to submit a participation plan as part of the tender process. 

Since then, the Act is estimated to have covered $32 billion of Government expenditure on goods, services and works, of which 92 per cent has been spent in WA. 

State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook said: “The Western Australian, national and global economies have changed significantly since the WA Jobs Act was introduced and now is the right time to review the Act to improve its effectiveness.”

The independent review is being conducted by Michael Schaper, previously Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. 

The Review will consider such questions as: 

  • How effective is the WA Jobs Act?   
  • What have been its main achievements?   
  • In what way can we improve its operations and effectiveness?   
  • How does the WA Jobs Act interact with other relevant government policies?   

Businesses are encouraged to provide feedback through one of the following avenues outlined in Consultation for Review of the WA Jobs Act: 

  1. Public forums: Face-to-face open meetings are being held around WA during October. 
  2. Survey: Local businesses and interested individuals are encouraged to complete the survey. 
  3. Making a submission: Lodge a written submission. Submissions do not need to take any particular form or length, but the author, contact details and organisational affiliation should be clearly stated. 

The deadline for all public surveys and written submissions is Tuesday, November 1, 2022, with the final report to be completed before the end of 2022. 

Any business that will like to be kept updated on the final outcomes of the review, please contact [email protected].

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