From left: Richard Sellers (Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation), Peter Woronzow (Department of Transport), Michelle Andrews (Department of Communities), John Gelavis (Master Builders), Premier Mark McGowan, Jodi Cant (Department of Finance) and Barry McGuire (Welcome to Country).
The Premier Mark McGowan and five DGs, including Department of Finance DG Jodi Cant, headlined a major industry forum at the Perth Convention Centre on Thursday morning 19 November.
The WAIPS 2020 and Pipeline of Work event presented the government’s WA Recovery Plan infrastructure program for the building and supply industries, spending an unprecedented $27.1 billion over four years.
The government’s Pipeline of Work will deliver infrastructure and economic stimulus projects in a sustainable way and create opportunities for WA businesses to maximise local jobs. The program will support training and development of a skilled workforce, and support the regions, young people, women, and Indigenous people.
The Pipeline will help businesses get ready to bid for work and plan for plant and equipment, workforce training, recruitment and joint ventures.
The Department of Finance is responsible for major components of the program, as DG Jodi Cant outlined in her presentation.
Finance’s Infrastructure Delivery Unit will oversee and report on government’s infrastructure program, advise, consult and coordinate with agencies – including planning projects in the four years ahead to avoid flooding or starving the market, particularly in regional WA.
Initially detailing WA Recovery Plan projects over $1.5 million, the Pipeline of Work web page will evolve into a continually updated, comprehensive listing of all WA government infrastructure projects, helping businesses plan for WA Government tenders.
It will provide details so that industry can make informed decisions – including tender dates as available – helping industry decide local capacity, training and skills requirements, and scheduling of projects.