Sharing prosperity means all Western Australians, wherever they call home in WA, can live in strong, sustainable communities. Building a more prosperous regional WA requires partnerships with local government, industry and local businesses to plan for, and promote, sustainable growth.
These partnerships will leverage regional WA’s strengths. They will transform our regional cities and towns into vibrant places to work, play and learn that are open for business.
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What do we want to achieve?
By 2023-24, the number of employed persons in Regional WA will increase by at least 30,000 as measured by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
- Some regional locations have not shared in long-term benefits of strong growth over the past decade, experiencing weaker jobs growth.
- We will deliver new infrastructure and support private sector investment to drive employment growth across the regions.
- More regional jobs in a diversified economy means economic growth is distributed more fairly across the community.
Interpreting the results
The graph shows total employment in regional WA up to the period 2017-18 as measured by the ABS. These statistics measure employed persons by their self-reported place of usual residence. This means jobs are only captured in this count if the employee lives in regional WA.
Please note that the baseline and target figures referenced in this Fact Sheet will be subject to revision by the ABS to accommodate seasonal variations and other factors.
This section provides a snapshot of some of the activities already underway to achieve this target.
- Regional Economic Development grants to support community-led projects that drive economic growth and job creation
- Regional New Industries Fund — dedicated funds from the New Industries Fund to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses that create jobs in the regions through innovation
- Focus on creating jobs and driving productivity in different industries to support economic diversity, including the Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund
- Tourism funding to showcase regional destinations, including Road Trips campaign
- Collie Futures Fund to drive economic diversity in the region
- Exploration Incentive Scheme to encourage exploration in WA for the long term sustainability of the State’s resources sector
- Local Content Advisers who seek to maximise local supplier, contractor and job opportunities in the regions for State Government funded projects
- Plan for Jobs
- Jobs for the Regions
- Training for the Future
- Investment in Tourism
- Plan for Albany
- Plan for Bunbury
- Plan for Collie-Preston
- Plan for Kimberley
- Plan for Peel
- Plan for Pilbara
- Plan for Goldfields
- Plan for Geraldton