The INCITE Awards – WA’s longest running ICT and Technology program – has concluded its 29th Awards program for 2020 by acknowledging the contributions that local tech leaders, entrepreneurs and companies have made to the sector. Three Honorary Awards – the Pearcey WA Entrepreneur of the Year, Achiever of the Year and the Dr Mal Bryce Tech Company of the Year – were awarded virtually on Wednesday 25 November 2020 via the program’s social channels.
Read the full story and watch the Awards
From Saturday, December 5, certain businesses or venues will need to record the name, phone number, date and arrival time of staff, patrons, volunteers and contractors.
Businesses will retain these records only for the purpose of Department of Health COVID-19 contact tracing and will keep the information for 28 days.
Businesses can maintain their contact register through booking systems, QR codes, and written contact records. SafeWA is a free app endorsed by the Department of Health to provide businesses with a digital contact register system. Customers that download the free app enter their details once and can then use it at multiple businesses using the State-wide SafeWA QR code system. Data is encrypted at the point of capture, stored securely and only accessible by authorised Department of Health contact tracing personnel, should COVID-19 contact tracing be necessary.
Businesses or venues in the creative and leisure sectors required to keep a contact register include:
Read the full media statement here.
Heritage Minister David Templeman and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt used the backdrop of NAIDOC Week to honour one of the most significant winners of the 2020 WA Heritage Awards. The Lock Hospital Working Group and two of its members - Bob Dorey and Kathleen Musulin - were presented with five awards they won in the prestigious awards program earlier this year. In traditional dress and ceremony, Bob Dorey honoured the many Aboriginal men, women and children of the Bernier and Dorre Islands' Lock Hospitals.
The Lock Hospitals saw the incarceration of hundreds of Aboriginal people forcibly removed from country and transported to the islands for treatment of venereal disease. Over 10 years, it is estimated that more than 200 Aboriginal prisoner patients died on the islands. The community project was established to protect and share traumatic stories of the lock hospitals and acknowledge the impact of this traumatic chapter on local Aboriginal culture and generational wellbeing. A memorial statue on the Carnarvon coast, Don't Look at the Islands, and an interpretive Path of Pain were produced as part of the project to allow for truth-telling and healing for the communities involved.
Winners of the 2020 WA Heritage Awards were announced in June and the Lock Hospital Working Group were joint winners in the Contribution by a community-based organisation category, along with the Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Centre.
Two nationally recognised short courses, the Pool Lifeguard Skill Set and the Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Skill Set have been developed to fast track participants into entry level pool lifeguarding and swimming instructor roles in time for the West Australian aquatic sector’s busy summer period.
The demand for these courses (which are free to eligible applicants) was identified by Royal Life Saving WA who are anticipating higher than usual demand in metropolitan and regional swimming pools as people holiday at home over the summer months.
The Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Skill Set includes water rescue techniques, water familiarisation and buoyancy and a range of swimming strokes. The Pool lifeguard skill set will include water rescue, first aid training and supervision in an aquatic environment.
Royal Lifesaving WA will deliver these new ‘job ready’ courses which also provide a pathway to full qualifications. For further information please refer to www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.
In addition, secondary school students now have the opportunity to receive fully funded training to become qualified swimming instructors for the Department of Education’s VacSwim program. www.education.wa.edu.au/swimming-lessons.
There has been a significant shift in the behaviour of young people over the past decade, according to the latest report from NCVER’s Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). LSAY charts the lives of a group of young Australians as they leave school, enter further study or the workforce and make the transition into adulthood. It compares the results of the group that commenced the study in 2009, who were age 25 in 2019, with the 1998 cohort who were age 25 in 2009.
The proportion of 25-year-olds who completed a university qualification increased from 41% to 52% over the decade, while those with a VET qualification fell from 55% to 46%. Those in apprenticeships and traineeships slipped from 25% to 17%.
The report also shows young people are finding it harder to secure full-time work and completing their post-school study at a later age and, as a result, working while studying for longer periods.
Unemployment and underemployment are exacerbated by a lack of work experience and a lack of qualifications that match job opportunities.
See the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth: Life at 25: then & now
An update to the BSB Business Services training package has been released on training.gov.au
The training package underwent a significant review, including a review of library and information management, and record keeping qualifications. These qualifications have now been merged into a single set of progressive training products, allowing greater flexibility across knowledge areas.
PwC's Skills for Australia, the Skills Service Organisation responsible for developing the materials according to industry demand, have produced a range of support materials and are hosting information sessions throughout the remainder of this week.
Find the training package here
Find BSB support materials here
Register to attend Skills for Australia's information sessions here
The State Government has committed $600,000 of funding per year for two years to support club development.
$1.2 million to extend the Every Club grants scheme for two more years to support grassroots sport and recreation clubs.
The Every Club grant scheme provides funding that enables eligible State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and local governments to support sport and recreation clubs and their volunteers to build their organisational capacity and capability. Local governments and State Sporting Associations eligible for grant funding can apply to improve the governance, planning and management practices of clubs. Applications for the 2020-21 funding round open on October 12.
Application form and grant guidelines for the Every Club grant scheme can be found here. Read the full media statement here.
The WA Training Awards 2020 have proceeded, with the announcement of five individual winners. Successes were recognised across the categories of WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year. The winners each receive $3,000 and will be put forward to compete at the Australian Training Awards which will be a virtual celebration on 20 November 2020. FutureNow congratulates all the finalists and winners.
Read the full media statement here.
The 2020-21 State Budget provides strong investment in regional Western Australia.