Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson has released the Digital Inclusion in WA Blueprint which outlines the Government's aims and strategic approach to address digital disadvantage across the State.
Digital inclusion aims to give people of all ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, abilities, income levels, and locations, the skills and tools to access and engage with digital technology and online services. As part of the Digital Inclusion in WA Blueprint there will be a major upgrade to improve online services at regional sites across the State. A Digital Inclusion Partnership Framework will be implemented to facilitate co-investment opportunities amongst the community services sector, industry, government and the wider community to address the key barriers to digital inclusion - connectivity, affordability, skills and the design of digital services. This includes a Western Australian Council of Social Service led initiative, funded through a $3.9 million Lotterywest grant that aims to improve digital skills, knowledge and capability needs for frontline-community service workers and digitally disadvantaged people in WA metropolitan and regional locations.
Read Minister Dawson's full media statement
Western Australia has been successful in the bid to retain Hockey Australia's High-Performance Program here in Perth. The facility at Curtin University will undergo a major upgrade to enhance the hockey, gym and support facilities and head office. The Hockyroos and Kookaburras teams which have been located in Perth for the last 38 years will now be able to remain based in Perth.
State government funding scheme 'In the House' is set to invest $740,000 in 10 venues or organisations across regional Western Australia. Since 2020 the program has provided $2.3 million in support for WA venues to enable expanded annual programming and community engagement activities with an aim to increasing employment and tourism opportunities.
The following regional venues were successful in the 'In the House' round for activity starting from January 2023:
To find out more about the funding program visit the DLGSC website: https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding/in-the-house
Read Minister Templeman's full media statement
State government grants of up to $38,000 per trainee have been awarded to Community Resource Centres (CRC) and small regional local government authorities across WA to provide traineeship opportunities in small communities. The new positions will add to the 225 trainee placements created throughout the regions since the Regional Traineeship Program launched in 2018.
This year's funding will support traineeships across fields including information technology, library and information services, tourism, and events.
Read Minister MacTiernan's full media statement
Nine programs across regional Western Australia have been provided with a grant for 2022-2023 to assist athlete, coach and official development. Recipients include Peel Sport and Recreation Network, Mid West Academy of Sport, WA Basketball Federation and Swimming WA.
Consumer Protection have created a short video on fitness and gym membership cancellation rights. This was instigated because of a number of complaints against operators refusing to accept membership cancellations and/or using pressure tactics to discourage clients from ending an agreement. As well as some operators not ending third-party, direct payments after a membership cancellation.