WA clean jobs PLAN: new report

Climate Council


NEW ECONOMIC MODELLING from AlphaBeta has found 10,000 jobs can be created in Western Australia, rapidly getting people back into the workforce while also tackling climate change.

“The Clean Jobs Plan identifies a dozen policy options which can create jobs fast, where they are needed and for people who need them most. The job creation could start immediately and continue over three years,” said AlphaBeta Director, Andrew Charlton.

“In Western Australia 2,500 jobs could be created in ecosystem restoration and revegetation while up to 1,500 jobs could be created in large-scale renewable energy, transmission and storage,” said Mr Charlton.

Every dollar of public investment in large-scale renewables would unlock $3 of private investment in the economy,” said Mr Charlton.

Report Key Findings

  • In WA, up to 10,000 jobs can be created, some of them immediately; all of them within 3 years.

  • Across Australia 42% of the job opportunities identified are located in regional areas. Two big ticket items are large-scale renewable energy and ecosystem restoration.

  • Economic stimulus can pay long-term dividends and set us up for the future by creating jobs, kick starting the economy and tackling climate change simultaneously.

  • Investments in clean jobs will have a lasting benefit for the economy, reducing energy costs, producing reliable clean power and developing new industries.

“Western Australia has vast swathes of land which need restoration and revegetation. Jobs would involve building protective fencing and other projects that prevent land degradation,” said Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie.

“Jobs in ecosystem restoration can also protect agricultural land for generations to come,” she said.

The report identifies 900 jobs that could be made available in making homes more energy efficient. There are also 50 jobs in green hydrogen, which aligns with existing state government priorities.

“The Clean Jobs Plan is unique because of the speed at which it can get people back to work. It puts us on a practical, jobs-rich path and focuses on areas most in need. It sets us up for the future, by creating jobs and tackling climate change. It’s a win-win solution,” said Ms McKenzie.

The Clean Jobs Plan was commissioned by the Climate Council. AlphaBeta is part of Accenture.

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