Skills Service Organisation for the digital technologies industry, PwC Skills for Australia, have released two project proposals for comment. The projects centre around In-Demand Technologies, and ICT Refresher Training. The proposals are open for comment until 10th May, and FutureNow is gathering Western Australian stakeholder advice on behalf of the sector. If you would like to provide advice or comment, please get in touch with our Industry Development Manager for Digital Technologies, Ann-Marie Ryan, on 0412 033 038, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WA Premier Mark McGowan made several announcements on Friday 9th April which are likely to impact the events, performing arts, hotels and hospitality, and travel and tourism sectors.
100% Venue Capacity Reinstated:
From Saturday, 10th April, restrictions placed on the capacity of venues including stadiums, theatres, cinemas, and concert halls will be lifted, allowing these venues to again sell seating to full capacity. Capacity limits have severely impacted on the ability of performing arts companies and venues to mount productions, and the announcement is welcomed by the sector.
New Zealand classified as Very Low Risk:
From Monday, 19th April, New Zealand will join several Australian states as a Very Low Risk travel destination. This will allow Western Australians to travel to and from New Zealand without having to quarantine on return, as well as allow New Zealanders to holiday in WA. The announcement is anticipated to lead to heightened demand on travel advisers, and is welcomed by the tourism sector.
Independent review into the hotel quarantine system released:
An independent review commissioned by the WA government in the wake of the February 2021 Covid-19 outbreak, which saw a hotel security guard contract the virus after undetermined exposure, has been released. The review highlights that sophisticated and robust processes must be maintained in order to minimise risk going forward. The necessity for hotel quarantine measures has driven demand for major upskilling within the hotels and accommodation sector.
Read the review
Read McGowan's Media Statement
SkillsIQ, alongside the Racing and Breeding Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is currently updating the Certificate II in Racing Industry so that it applies to skills required across all codes, and the Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey) to reflect the expertise required to race thoroughbred horses.
If you work in the racing and equine sector, we would appreciate your views, thoughts and suggestions on the drafts.
The drafts of the racing and equine qualifications, units of competency and their associated assessment requirements will be open for public validation until 8 April 2021. Visit Skill Impact's Greyhound Racing Careers & Jockeys Project webpage to provide validation or email email@example.com
Horse Care Project
The Horse Care Project is aiming to capture the skills and knowledge required for horse care in nationally endorsed qualifications, skill sets and units, which are expected to be made available for validation in May 2021. FutureNow will provide an update when these qualifications, skill sets and units are available for comment.
The Print and Visual Communication Association (PVCA) is the leadership and support organisation for all businesses in the print, packaging, graphic design, and media technology industry in Australia. We work to support and promote an evolving industry, and to help our members become more profitable and sustainable.
The Printing Industry Creativity Awards set the benchmark for excellence in print in Australia, with the achievement of a Gold Medal a confirmation of achievement to the highest national – and, international – standards, and the ultimate accolade the industry can bestow.
With the help of member feedback from previous years a major revision of the printing awards categories has taken place. Combined with PVCA board oversight and international judging panel insight the competition for gold will be strong.
The Honourable Sue Ellery MLC remains as Minister for Education and Training in WA Premier Mark McGowan's new-look cabinet, announced on 18th March, 2021.
The Hon David Templeman MLA retains Arts and Culture, and adds Tourism to his portfolio. The Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA takes on the Sport portfolio, and the Hon Don Punch MLA inherits Innovation and ICT.
View the announcement and portfolio changes
VET Delivered to Secondary Students refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses undertaken as part of school studies. Over two thirds of Australia’s senior secondary students are enrolled in a VET Delivered to Secondary Students course.
The VET Qualifications Register is updated annually to reflect industry advice around the suitability of available vocational qualifications for delivery to secondary students. The Register informing the 2022 school year has just been released, and incorporates advice gathered through FutureNow from the Creative, Leisure and Technology industries.
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The Federal government has announced that the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy scheme will be extended to the end of September, 2021.
Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.
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As part of a $217 million tourism sector boost, WA Labor have committed to an initial $50 million seed funding investment in an Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Derbal Yerrigan (Swan river) if they are re-elected in March. The entire package breaks down as follows:
"The comprehensive plan for tourism provides funding certainty for events and destination marketing, new tourism offerings, expanded Aboriginal Rangers Program and tourism infrastructure upgrades, creating more than 460 local construction jobs. The $217 million investment as part of this plan will help grow domestic tourism and prepare WA for international tourism opportunities, when possible in a COVID safe environment."
The WA Labor McGowan government has announced that if re-elected at the upcoming state election, they will fund the development of a $100 million film studio complex at Fremantle's Victoria Quay. In addition, a promised $20 million production attraction fund has been welcomed by industry. Industry peak body Screenwest have called the announcements 'game-changing' and local industry stakeholders anticipate the size of the screen workforce in WA doubling as a result of the proposals.
A commitment has been made to ensure a broad definition of 'screen' is maintained in the development of the lot at Victoria Quay, and that games development, and virtual and augmented reality technology businesses will also have access to the facilities.
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With a theme of WA Technology: Diversifying our economy & caring for our community, the 30th INCITE Awards is now open. Online submissions for local innovation across six product categories are open from Tuesday 16 February 2021 until midnight (AWST) Friday 9 April 2021.
The INCITE Awards is WA’s longest running Tech Awards Program (since 1991) and the premier event in ICT for WA. The program aims to showcase and support ICT innovators in WA through an Awards system that will place their tech on the national & global map. Every year, the INCITE Awards receive hundreds of entries from tech innovators across all ages and industry sectors. The program involves a mentored pitch fest, judging presentation & masterclasses by WA’s industry’s finest, an Awards gala event, and a national / international pathway for selected entries.
Read more and enter the awards