WA Recovery Plan

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government returned the budget to surplus and WA was the only state in Australia reducing debt. As a result, WA has the flexibility to respond decisively to an economic crisis.

Last updated: 27 August 2020 at 4.00pm

The $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan is the recovery vision for Western Australia to get back on the road to becoming  a thriving and innovative community in which to live, work, visit and do business. Central to the plan is restoring business and consumer confidence, getting people back into work and rebuilding the economy.

The most important element to recovery to date has been the Government’s WA Roadmap of easing restrictions. Due to the success of minimising the spread of COVID-19, Western Australia has led the nation in easing restrictions. This has helped get businesses up and running and more people back in work.

The WA Recovery Plan will help create more jobs and open up training opportunities, which will drive increased economic activity and continue to bring back hope, prosperity and wellbeing to Western Australians. It will provide a strong foundation so individuals and families can once again be active members of their communities.

The plan is set around 21 priority streams, each driven by a clear and direct commitment from the Government to create more WA jobs. These range from new technologies, local manufacturing and training through to tourism, patient care and the environment.

Within each stream is a range of initiatives that may include capital works, grants, programs and projects.

This plan also outlines the commitments in the priority streams for those areas and people most impacted by the pandemic – regional WA, remote Aboriginal communities, women and young people.

Some of the initiatives in this plan have been brought forward and already announced by the Government. Over time, other initiatives and more specific details will be announced and progress will be tracked.

State Recovery Advisory Group members

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  • Chris Rodwell, CCI WA
  • Paul Everingham, CME
  • Claire Wilkinson, APPEA
  • Nicole Lockwood, Freight and Logistics Council of WA
  • John Langoulant, Infrastructure WA
  • Meredith Hammat, UnionsWA
  • Bradley Woods, Australian Hotels Association (WA)
  • Cath Hart, Housing Industry Association
  • John Gelavis, Master Builders Association
  • Tracey Roberts, WALGA
  • Rhys Turton, Farmers Federation
  • Louise Giolitto, WACOSS
  • Michelle Mackenzie, Shelter WA
  • Donna Chung, Women's Council
  • Evan Hall, Tourism Council WA
  • Ross Wortham, Youth Affairs Council WA
  • Shelagh Magadza, Chamber of Arts and Culture
  • Rod Jones, Study Perth
  • Tanya Steinbeck, UDIA
  • Paula Rogers, CEDA
  • Piers Verstegen, Conservation Council
  • Jonathon Ford, WA Aboriginal Advisory Council
  • John Van Der Wielen, HBF
  • Sandra Brewer, Property Council of WA
  • Rob Thompson, CEO SportWest
  • Kitty Prodonovich, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA


Page reviewed 27 August 2020