WA plugs in to future battery industry
Image: Manufactured Nickel Sulphate; image courtesy of BHP Nickel West
Cross-agency collaboration made quick work of developing a strategy to extract full value from the State’s rich reserves of source minerals for rechargeable batteries.
The Future Battery Industry Strategy aims to establish a battery industry in WA by 2025 to drive economic growth, diversification and job creation across the State in response to a growing global demand for electric vehicles and battery-based energy storage systems.
The strategy was developed in only nine months by a cross-agency project team including members from the Departments of the Premier and Cabinet; Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI); Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety; Primary Industries and Regional Development; and Water and Environmental Regulation.
The Director General of JTSI said the swift delivery of the Future Battery Industry Strategy is a testament to the open and collaborative approach of everyone involved.
“The development of the Strategy was a cross-government effort driven by an Interagency Working Group under the guidance of a Ministerial Taskforce, and in consultation with industry, research organisations, local government and the community,” Director General Rebecca Brown said.
“The release of the State’s Future Battery Industry Strategy strengthens government and industry collaboration to deliver a coordinated response for driving investment in the battery industry and unlocking the State’s potential across the battery value chain.”
The cross-agency project was recently shortlisted for an IPAA WA Achievement Award for Best Practice Across Government Agencies.
“I am pleased to see the framework underpinning the Future Battery Industry Strategy being held up as an example for the delivery of a raft of government priorities within and outside of JTSI,” Director General Rebecca Brown said.
JTSI has complemented the strategy with a new Funding Assistance Register for battery-related projects which links proponents from mining and processing, renewable energy, research, manufacturing, and other enterprises involved in the battery value chain, with options for relevant State or Commonwealth funding or assistance.
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