Women's sport is set to benefit from a new $250,000 annual fund to enable the State's grassroots clubs to revitalise change rooms and other facilities to accommodate booming participation levels. A lack of adequate facilities has for many years meant that many women's sporting teams do not have proper change rooms available. The $250,000 per year fund will be quarantined from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, with more funding available subject to demand. Read more
The latest round of the Government's Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme opened on Monday 13 August 2018. The scheme enables country athletes to apply for funding to make it easier to travel and compete. The program offsets out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs associated with attending eligible training camps and competitions within the sport's official talent development pathway at a regional, State and national level. Read more
The accommodation sector has welcomed the announcement that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will examine data from short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb to identify discrepancies in property owners’ income declarations. Income records for approximately 190,000 Australians will be compared with information from the short-term rental platforms and their financial institutions, as well as State and Territory Bond Boards. It is expected this investigation will lead to greater parity between traditional hotels and the short-stay ‘sharing’ accommodation sector. Read full article here.
The state Government has unveiled plans for a hub to provide training in the rapidly growing field of data science. The WA Data Science Innovation Hub will be run in collaboration with Curtin University and run across Curtin's Perth and Bentley sites. It will be officially launched next month with an industry event. The State Government is providing $800,000 over four years, through the $16.7 million New Industries Fund, for a Business Connector to manage the hub, and Curtin University is also providing $800,000 towards the hub over four years. The hub will provide access to specialised data science capabilities in universities and trained graduates, upskilling programs for industry, the translation of data science capabilities from the resources sector to emerging sectors, and promote the value of data science in WA.
Winners of the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards were announced during a breakfast at Optus Stadium on Wednesday 8 August. The biennial awards acknowledge and reward those who have played a crucial role in the development and ongoing management of the sport and recreation industry in WA. Read more
The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and technological disruption. New report examines implications for Vocational Training.
NCVER have published a report specifically addressing the potential impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on the Vocational Training Sector in terms of skills development, the labour market and job design and creation. The report author's cite the challenges for a tertiary education and training sector that needs to prepare a workforce focussed on ' innovation and creativity.'
Perth's current and future hotel developments are presenting significant opportunities for West Australian visual artists, makers and art dealers. An article published in Business News on August 1 describes the emergence of 'curated' collections within hotels. This reflects a global trend in which 5 star hotels are enhancing the tourist experience and creating a point of difference through the presentation of local artworks. The full story can be viewed at www.businessnews.com.au/article/New-hotels-offer-diverse-art-canvas
The Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence (GSCORE) is conducting a recruitment process and seeking energetic, enthusiastic and committed applicants to join its Board of Directors. Find out more details here
The Program encouraging high school students to pursue a career in commercial cookery or hospitality visited 29 schools, including two in the South West region in the first semester of 2018. The positive reception for the Hospitality Ambassador Program has resulted in it being set to repeat this activity in the second semester, reaching a total of 60 metropolitan school visits, 6 regional school visits and 6 teacher masterclasses for the year. The Program is funded by Tourism WA, delivered by HGT with support from FutureNow.