New Aboriginal employment targets for transport infrastructure program

  • McGowan Government sets new targets for Aboriginal businesses and workers on State transport infrastructure program
  • Anticipates awarding $700 million of contracts to Aboriginal businesses over next five years
  • Aiming for 3.5 million hours to be completed by Aboriginal workers over next five years
  • Builds on McGowan Government’s work to strengthen Aboriginal Procurement Policy 
  • The McGowan Government has today announced new business and employment targets for Aboriginal people on the State’s major transport infrastructure program.

    Over the next five years, the McGowan Government is aiming to award $700 million of contracts to Aboriginal businesses, as well as having 3.5 million work hours completed by Aboriginal workers.

    A Meet the Buyer and Supplier Forum will be held today – with up to 300 attendees expected to attend – to connect Aboriginal businesses with road and rail construction and maintenance contractors, and explore upcoming opportunities.

    The new targets will apply from now until June 2026 to projects delivered by the Department of Transport, Main Roads and Public Transport Authority, including METRONET projects.

    In the past financial year alone, more than $80 million worth of services were undertaken by Aboriginal businesses on Main Roads and METRONET infrastructure projects, including the interior fit-out of the METRONET Bellevue Railcar Facility.

    These targets build on broader State Government updates to the Aboriginal Procurement Policy, which includes Aboriginal employment targets for the first time and comes into effect from January 1, 2022.

    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “We have an unprecedented program of transport infrastructure works underway all across Western Australia – with projects in Kununurra to the north and Esperance to the south, plus METRONET projects in all four corners of Perth, there’s no shortage of opportunities for Aboriginal businesses and people to get involved.

    “I have travelled all around the State viewing some of our road projects and I’ve seen the fantastic work being undertaken by local Aboriginal businesses and workers.

    “We also have a strong focus on training programs, with trainees working on some key projects including the Broome Cape Leveque Road and Goldfields Highway.

    “Over the next five years, we are aiming for $700 million of contracts to be awarded to Aboriginal businesses and 3.5 million work hours to be completed by Aboriginal workers, creating opportunities across our program of transport infrastructure.”

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