The McGowan Labor Government’s Jobs Bill passed through the Legislative Council this week, ensuring Western Australians will get a bigger share of work on good and services provided by the State Government.

The Jobs Bill was a key election commitment designed to support local businesses to tender for government contracts, creating more jobs for local workers.

Under the new laws, local businesses will be given more opportunities to compete for government contracts, particularly in the area of infrastructure.

Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered.

The Bill includes a requirement for a Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy to guide the implementation of the new laws.  As part of the development of the strategy, WA’s local content policies and guidelines are being reviewed.

The new laws also allow the government to declare a major project a ‘project of strategic significance for the WA economy’ to create more opportunities for local content.