The McGowan Government has recently released a “Pipeline of Work” program which will give local businesses across Western Australia the opportunity to participate in major upcoming State Government tendering.
The pipeline is expected to deliver infrastructure and economic stimulus projects in a sustainable way to maximise local jobs for WA businesses.
The pipeline infrastructure projects will be extending on key projects announced in the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan with a forecasted value of $427.1 billion through 2023-2024. The 2020-2021 budget fully funds all the key projects in this pipeline.
The Pipeline of Work will be continually updated in a four-year forecast detailing WA Government infrastructure projects with a budget of $1.5 million or more.
Every project in each region of WA will be included in the pipeline with crucial details being made transparent like timings, regional locations, industry type and the agency responsibly for the project as well as contact information.
The information detailed in the Pipeline of Work will provide the industry and the state government with an improved ability to engage on key issues such as local capacity, training, skill requirements and the scheduling of projects.
Key features of the Pipeline of Work program include:
- 1,430 WA Government infrastructure projects over the next four years
- Major projects initiated across all regions
- The opportunities for WA businesses of all sizes to participate in WA Government tenders as contractors or sub-contractors
- A central point of information for all major WA Government infrastructure programs
- Supporting businesses to get ready to bid for work and plan for plant and equipment, recruitment and joint ventures
- Helps inform businesses’ decisions on workforce development initiatives such as government funding for apprenticeships and traineeships and free TAFE short courses
Premier Mark McGowan announced the pipeline and detailed what it would mean for all Western Australians.
“We have an ambitious $27 billion infrastructure program over the next four years, which will form an important component of WA’s economic recovery. The Pipeline of Work will ensure the benefits will flow to local businesses and jobs are created for Western Australians,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.
“As a government, we recognise the long-term planning and workforce development required for businesses to be successful in tendering for WA Government contracts.
“The Pipeline of Work is a targeted initiative to ensure WA businesses have access to the information that will enable them to build the capabilities of their businesses and win work.
“We have prioritised spending on infrastructure as an investment for the future, including upgrades to road, rail and port facilities; the introduction of increased access to water; construction and refurbishment of schools and TAFEs; and additions to our housing stock throughout WA. In addition to this, we have emphasised emerging areas of demand and importance, such as renewable energy and digital technology.”
The Western Australian Government has also announced improvements to the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) to ensure local businesses are receiving a greater share of the government’s spending.
The WAIPS 2020 included enhancements that will simplify processes, strengthen accountability measures required of WA Government agencies and create better outcomes for WA businesses and communities, like creating more local jobs.
To date, the WAIPS has received 312 participation plans which committed to creating an estimated 28,334 jobs in Western Australia including 1817 apprenticeships.
The pipeline of work website will initially list WA Recovery Plan infrastructure projects, valued at $.2.2 billion – the list will be expanded and updated as the site is developed. Visit the website here.
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