There will be more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation in regional Western Australia with the latest round of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme funding announced. Eight upcoming events will share in $80,000 of funding through the State Government's scheme, which supports organisations to deliver international, national or State events and provide access to sport development. A variety of sport and recreation activities get a guernsey in this round of funding, including orienteering, hockey and football. Read more.
The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments have today announced $7 million in funding to increase employment and recreational opportunities for people with disability.
The third round of Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants follows joint State and Commonwealth funding of nearly $9 million awarded to 65 projects across WA in 2017-18.
The ILC is a key component of the Australia-wide National Disability Insurance Scheme and is focused on building the capacity of the community, people with disability, their families and carers.
This round of funding focuses on building capacity to improve recreational and employment opportunities for people with disability and raising awareness of their contributions. Expressions of interest close on December 3, 2018.
More information is available here and on the Tenders WA website here.
Hockey in Perth's south-eastern corridor has received a boost with the opening of the first synthetic field in the region at Southern River Hockey Club which is based at Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale. The completed upgrades also include the installation of LED lighting throughout the new facility, making the club only the second Australian hockey facility to use such technology.
The $2.6 million world-class project was funded in partnership between State, Federal and local governments, as well as the club which raised a remarkable $438,000 through grassroots fundraising efforts.
Synthetic hockey surfaces increase the quality and speed of hockey, and are a requirement for full International Hockey Federation accreditation which the club will now obtain. Elite and international matches can now be played at Sutherlands Park, and WA's 25,000 hockey players now have access to a world-class surface in the southern suburbs. Read more.
The State Government has signed up to the Federal Government's Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership, making up to $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships. In addition, the national partnership will provide funding for thousands of pre-apprenticeships - a career pathway strongly supported by industry.
Key to the national partnership is a State Government employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers, including small businesses. Funded from changes to payroll tax exemptions for traineeships and the national partnership, the scheme will enable the Government to target assistance to better meet the State's workforce priorities.
Industry will be consulted throughout the development of the incentive scheme to ensure it meets the sector's needs and encourages high-quality, on-the-job training.
The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Read more.
Premier Mark McGowan launched the International Education in Western Australia strategy 2018-2025 in Perth on 23 October. The plan was developed in partnership with StudyPerth.
It aims to grow the number of students from around the world coming to study in Perth by highlighting the unique learning experiences and environments Perth has to offer.
The strategy is separated into three distinct sections, showing Perth is a perfect place for students to live, learn and launch.
The strategy can be accessed via this link
The State Government has announced a series of local grants for Peel-based grassroots sporting clubs. Allocated as part of the Government's 2018-19 Regional Grants Scheme, six Peel cricket, hockey, netball, basketball, soccer and AFL associations will share in $72,500 of funding to support community sport in the region.
The commitment reflects the Government's support for grassroots sport in country areas, with local clubs in places such as the Peel region often the foundation of their communities. This funding support will help Peel clubs continue their long tradition of developing quality local talent with potential to reach the elite level in their given sport. Read more about the allocations to the clubs here.
Works to upgrade the sporting facilities at HBF Arena in Joondalup have commenced. The facilities are shared by local netball, rugby union, little athletics and triathlon clubs, and will benefit thousands of junior and senior athletes every season.
The current Joondalup Sports Club building will be extended to include two new multi-use change rooms catering to the demands of ever-increasing membership. Upgrades to the facilities will also include extending current fencing, a new storage facility, office space, and the installation of additional water fountains.
Sporting clubs have been involved in the design process to ensure the upgrades will provide maximum benefit to members. Funded through the Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative, the project will deliver improved facilities for clubs and provide local jobs during the construction phase. The extension to the Joondalup Sports Club building is expected to be completed in April 2019. Read more.
People with disability in the South-West region now have greater access to Bunbury Bowling Club facilities with the official opening of the club's accessible bowling green. The wheelchair-accessible synthetic bowling green received $200,000 in funding from the State Government to improve active participation opportunities at the club.
Additional wheelchair friendly alterations to the club include the installation of an automatic door to the clubhouse, ramps to the bowling greens, the levelling of outside paving areas and new fencing and gates.
The remaining funding for the $300,000 project was contributed by the Bunbury Bowling Club, along with considerable in-kind support from the club. Read more.
Western Australians are urged to nominate their heritage heroes for the Heritage Council's prestigious WA Heritage Awards.
The State Government awards recognise the outstanding contribution of owners, volunteers, professionals and organisations who work to promote and conserve WA's cultural heritage.
The awards, now in their 27th year, are an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.
More information on the 2019 WA Heritage Awards can be found online at
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work. It may also affect female and male workers differently and transform the dynamics of the industry gender gap.
The World Economic Forum has released The Future of Jobs Report 2018, which aims to unpack and provide specific information on the relative magnitude of these trends by industry and geography, and on the expected time horizon for their impact to be felt on job functions, employment levels and skills. The report can be found here.