In recent months CCI has led the Save Our Skills campaign in an effort to stop the State Government from removing the Payroll Tax Exemption for existing worker trainees and those earning ordinary hours of work over $100,000 per annum.

Sadly, the legislation to remove the exemption passed the WA Parliament, with the support of the Nationals and the Greens. It’s already hurting WA business and workers, with a decline of more than a thousand existing workers accessing traineeships.

It’s important that you know the Save Our Skills campaign is not disappearing anytime soon. Why? Because it’s difficult to cite a time in recent decades where our vocational education and training (VET) sector has been so underfunded and where businesses have had to carry so much of the load of skilling the future workforce.

If we don’t get policy right, we risk the jobs of current and future generations.

So many WA businesses and workers have already engaged with Save Our Skills. You’ve written letters to the Premier, participated in roundtables, been a public voice in the media or shared your story on social media. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up and made a difference. We urge you to continue to tell us your story.

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CCI Roundtable with Members of Parliament

On Wednesday, 18 April, CCI hosted an Industry Roundtable so businesses could share their stories directly with Members of the WA Parliament.