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Review of skills, training and workforce development

Review of skills, training and workforce development

Review of skills, training and workforce development

28th July, 2020

Review report and State Government response now available

Review of skills, training and workforce development

28th July, 2020

Review report and State Government response now available

On 21 May 2020, Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery announced the establishment of an urgent review on skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19's impact on the workforce in Western Australia. The Review Report was submitted to the State Recovery Controller on 30 June 2020 and was recently considered by the State Government.

The Review made 46 observations and recommendations under the following five key themes:

  1. New futures for Western Australians
  2. 21st century apprenticeships
  3. Maximising skills from Government investment
  4. Live-learn-work in regional WA
  5. Next generation training

Recommendations arising from the review will support Western Australia’s workforce to look forward. Creating new futures for displaced workers, and preparing the workforce for the digital world and new technologies, will be vital to the State’s recovery.  Building the capacity of regional WA and ensuring disadvantaged people are supported in transitions to training and work will also be critical to serving the needs of the WA economy and community now and into the future. 

The State Government has confirmed its commitment to advancing immediately almost all of the Review recommendations. Implementation has already commenced with the announcement of the State Government’s $57 million training recovery package on 2 July 2020. This included a range of initiatives, such as the expansion of Lower Fees Local Skills program, fee free short courses available to engage youth and displaced workers, and opportunities for apprentices, trainees, and their employers. 

Read more about these initiatives here

Implementation of the Review recommendations will continue as part of the State’s Recovery Plan.

Further information, and the Review Report and the State Government's response, is available here

View the full media statement here

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New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

24th July, 2020

State of the art facilities for students

WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opened the new $1.1 million Health and Community Care Training Centre at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus last Friday.

New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

24th July, 2020

State of the art facilities for students

WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opened the new $1.1 million Health and Community Care Training Centre at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus last Friday.

The state of the art training facilities provide an authentic workplace experience for students of nursing, aged care, disability and individual support, allied health, mental health and more. It features an eight-bed hospital ward, reception area, medication room, showers, pan room, and an aged care residence. 

The opening of the new centre is particularly timely, with a range of free training and half price course fees qualifications in a range of healthcare areas, including nursing and aged care, under the Skills Ready program. To find out more, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

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Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

3rd July, 2020

New flexible arrangements support elite athletes to access VET

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

3rd July, 2020

New flexible arrangements support elite athletes to access VET

The McGowan Government has opened up new career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes, after reducing the minimum hours required for them to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. The EEAT arrangements will also help our elite athletes to diversify their interests during their sporting careers, while supporting them to transition to life after sport. The West Coast Eagles Football Club and Western Australian Institute of Sport have played a significant role in the change.

Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship part-time has been out of reach for many elite athletes because of managing the demands of sport with the requirement to fulfil a minimum number of hours in order to gain a qualification. Under the new EAAT, minimum part time hours will change from 15 or 20 hours per week to 7.5 hours per week for elite athletes, averaged over six month periods.

For more information on the EAAT arrangements including eligibility criteria and fact sheets, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

"The flexibility of Western Australia’s training sector is a huge asset to our State." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “The McGowan Government continues to be responsive to industry needs thanks to our adaptable training sector, which has never been more important than in the current climate. We’ve already had significant interest in the program, which highlights the need for the new arrangements.”.

 

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New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

2nd July, 2020

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and VET sector

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash course fees or thousands of Western Australians, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

2nd July, 2020

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and VET sector

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash course fees or thousands of Western Australians, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

In an expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19,  course fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total and will ensure Western Australians can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs. The heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

What's new

Free* infection control and job ready skill sets

The package includes $25 million for free short courses that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. These free skill sets will provide a launch-pad for students to get skills ready for new jobs, and provide pathways to full qualifications.

The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes free infection control skill sets, and courses in hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. Many of the short courses have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training. The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower fees, local skills initiative.

More Lower fees, local skills qualifications

  • The program now also includes 27 Certificate-level qualifications that will have course fees reduced from between 50 and 67 per cent for areas such as plumbing, agriculture, METRONET courses, construction, electrical trades, health services, fabrication, mental health and disability services.
     
  • Six diploma courses – including Diploma of Nursing, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Community Services— will have course fees reduced by 72 per cent.
     
  • Six pre-apprenticeship courses will have course fees cut by 67 per cent. These courses, in areas including automotive electrical technology, engineering, plumbing and, building and construction, will prepare students for apprenticeships in industries where there will be demand for skilled workers.
     
  • From second semester, the maximum  course fees students will pay for Lower fees, local skills qualifications will be capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students.

For more information on the free training and new Lower fees, local skills qualifications visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

For free advice, information and support about training, please contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

Enrolments open on Monday 6 July 2020.

*Please note: Some of the free courses have eligibility requirements. Please go to jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for full details.

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Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

2nd July, 2020

New reengagement incentive to help maintain WA's pipeline of skilled workers

Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

2nd July, 2020

New reengagement incentive to help maintain WA's pipeline of skilled workers

Up to $6,000 in financial support is now available to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to support apprentices and trainees during the State's COVID-19 recovery. The incentive will help employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia and is available until June 30, 2021 from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  

The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.

Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020, are eligible to receive the payment.

The financial boost for businesses follows the recent announcement by the State Government to cover the training costs for more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their 'off the job' training for up to six months.

"We know that many apprentices and trainees have been doing it tough during this period, and as we continue the recovery process, we want to get them back into our workshops and back to work." said Premier Mark McGowan. "By providing these financial incentives, we are backing our local businesses to take on displaced apprentices and trainees to ensure our future workers have the technical and practical skills to meet the immediate needs of the workforce."

The new incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training.

Information and support for employers of apprentices and trainees is available from the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

 

 

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WA Training Awards return for 2020!

WA Training Awards return for 2020!

WA Training Awards return for 2020!

30th June, 2020

Applications for new streamlined 2020 program open 1 July

The annual Western Australian Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, following the State's staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced today that applications for the WA Training Awards would open tomorrow, July 1, with the State's top apprentices, trainees and students encouraged to apply. 

WA Training Awards return for 2020!

30th June, 2020

Applications for new streamlined 2020 program open 1 July

The annual Western Australian Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, following the State's staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced today that applications for the WA Training Awards would open tomorrow, July 1, with the State's top apprentices, trainees and students encouraged to apply. 

Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in November.

This year, winners will be recognised across five individual categories. These are: WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Applications close August 14 and winners will be announced in October.

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2020

"The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight." said the Minister. "With vocational education and training playing a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia's economy, there is no better time to recognise our best students. I strongly encourage all apprentices, trainees and vocational students to apply for the Awards - now is the time to showcase your individual talent and set the benchmark for the future of WA."

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Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

28th July, 2020

State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

28th July, 2020

State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today

The McGowan Government today announced the biggest capital works program in history for TAFE campuses across the State, as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across the five Western Australian TAFE colleges. The upgrades will create world-class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help Western Australia get back on track.  

  • Two North Metropolitan TAFE campuses will receive significant upgrades as part of the program. 
  • The ageing Balga campus is set to receive a major upgrade, with $32 million allocated to overhaul the campus that was originally constructed in the 1970s.
  • A new multistorey building will replace 22 transportable classrooms to provide training in building and construction, community services and general education.
  • Construction of a new trade training workshop, and associated technology laboratories, for light automotive training is also planned for the Kendrew Crescent campus in Joondalup, with $17.6 million budgeted. 
  • South Metropolitan TAFE's Armadale campus, split over temporary buildings in various locations, will be replaced, with $22.6 million earmarked for construction of a new consolidated state-of-the-art campus. The new campus will be more accessible for young people, boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational Education and Training delivered to secondary students will also be a strong focus for the campus to help address youth unemployment. 
  • Regional Western Australia will also benefit from upgrades totalling $79.1 million, including a $17 million upgrade to South Regional TAFE, Albany; $22 million to North Regional TAFE, Pundulmurra (South Hedland); $2 million for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE, Northam; while $5 million is planned to go towards a new classroom block at North Regional TAFE, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne).

This record infrastructure spend complements the McGowan Government's other initiatives to form its plan to rebuild WA's training sector, to support displaced workers, women and youth, and provide training for emerging skills needed in the community. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.4 million in capital works projects across WA;
  • $25 million for free short courses to upskill thousands of WA;
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive. 

For more information, visit inthistogether.wa.gov.au

"Our TAFE sector is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan, and this announcement will revitalise TAFE across the State." said the Premier. "The Rebuilding our TAFEs program will deliver job-creating infrastructure to ensure students will continue to learn in first-class facilities. The reductions in course fees will create huge incentives for Western Australians to take up training opportunities in in-demand sectors.  The plan will support the creation of jobs in the short term, but will also enable us to build a strong future. This is about ensuring young Western Australians have a bright future, laying the groundwork for the ongoing prosperity of our State. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan will create of a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians, ensuring the State will rebound stronger than ever."

Read the full media statement here

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WA Recovery Plan

WA Recovery Plan

$5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan launched to get WA back on track

Focus on job creation and skilling our workforce through VET

$5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan launched to get WA back on track

Focus on job creation and skilling our workforce through VET

Premier Mark McGowan has released the comprehensive WA Recovery Plan — the next important step in WA's COVID-19 journey that will help drive economic and social recovery across the State, and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians. The plan has been developed in consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group, which includes representatives from business, industry, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community.

The $5.5 billion investment will create thousands of local jobs in important sectors such as construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation. It includes more than $60 million for 'shovel-ready' maintenance upgrades to vital State Government facilities, expected to get underway within weeks. These projects will create an immediate boost to workers such as electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters.

One of the priority areas within the plan is rebuilding TAFE and reskilling our workforce. 

  • New and upgraded specialist facilities with state of the art equipment will be constructed in the largest ever capital funding program for WA TAFE collegess. 
  • $25 million has been allocated to provide free training for people to extend transferable skills and tap into new job needs  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready).
  • $32 million to support the Lower fees, local skills program, under which course fees for priority qualifications have been slashed by up to 72 per cent, to provide easier access to training in critical areas  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready#lower-fees-local-skills-half-price-course-fees).
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive which offers employers one-off payments to reengage displaced workers  — $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees  —(see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive).

The WA Recovery Plan is available at wa.gov.au/government/wa-recovery.

Full details on each element of the comprehensive WA Recovery Plan will be released in coming days and will be available at inthistogether.wa.gov.au.

"The WA Recovery Plan will help drive the economic and social recovery across the State, to ensure we can recover, stronger than ever." said Premier Mark McGowan. "This comprehensive plan is unlike anything we've ever seen before in WA. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long-term jobs for Western Australians, supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.". 

Read the full media statement here

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Western Australia’s training achievements honoured at national awards

Western Australia’s training achievements honoured at national awards

WA in the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards

Congratulations to Western Australia's VET leaders on their recognition at Australia’s leading industry awards — the Australian Training Awards — last night. The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Two of WA’s nine nominees from the WA Training Awards 2019 winners received accolades whilst Wayne Collyer, former Managing Director at South Metropolitan TAFE and Central Regional TAFE, received the honourable Lifetime Achievement Award. Having worked in the education sector for more than 40 years, 30 of them dedicated to VET, Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. An instrumental builder of the education and training sector, Mr Collyer has made a difference to thousands of students.

Winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award, Barminco was recognised for their excellent training programs, dedication to their staff and successful partnerships with registered training organisations.

Runner up for the Australian Trainer of the Year Award, Caversham resident Matthew King has a passion for working with young people and believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation.As a mentor he has provided inspirational learning experiences and was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprentice electrical course in WA.

For information about the WA Training Awards please visit the website 

Lifetime Achievement Award — Wayne Collyer

Wayne Collyer was Managing Director at Polytechnic West (now South Metropolitan TAFE) from 2004 until his retirement in February 2013. In the ten years previous, he was Managing Director of Central West College of TAFE (now Central Regional TAFE).

Throughout his career Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his considerable expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. Nationally, Mr Collyer has contributed to the development and continuous improvement of a world class Australian VET sector through his long commitment and executive membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Board.

Winner - Large Employer of the Year 2019 
Barminco (winner of the WA Training Awards Large Employer of the Year 2019)
Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA-based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. 

Runner up  - VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
Matthew King (winner of WA Trainer of the Year 2019), Caversham, Swan Trade Training Centre 
Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes that through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor, he provides inspirational learning experiences while remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.  

Main picture: WA Training Awards 2019 finalists and Australian Training Award nominees with Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Anne Driscoll, and guests at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner, Brisbane Exhibition Centre, 21 November

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Fast track your career in aged care and disability support

Aged care and disability support
Fast-track your career in aged care and disability support
Applications are now open for two programs offering direct pathways to further study and employment in aged care and disability support.
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care
Fast-track your career in aged care and disability support
Applications are now open for two programs offering direct pathways to further study and employment in aged care and disability support.
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care

Offered through North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) the industry-endorsed Certificate II courses include valuable work placements with well-known healthcare providers; Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care.
Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Director General Anne Driscoll said streamlining training and work placement will increase student’s chances of continuing onto employment within the industry.

“There is a rising demand for services in the disability and aged care sectors, she said.

“The courses have been designed to meet industry skill gaps and provide an important pathway for workers entering the disability and aged care workforce. Our offerings are delivered by leading training providers and industry experts in this field.”

The health care and social assistance industry employs more than 172,000 Western Australians, however forecasts show this will grow by almost 40,000 people by 2023.

“Disability Support workers make a tremendous difference to the quality of life for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities by promoting social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health.

“Aged care is equally rewarding as you assist a wide variety of older people with daily living and helping them feel connected with the community,” Ms Driscoll said.

The pathway programs address a skills need identified in the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy.

Students who successfully complete the program at NMT will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and could be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

To enrol in the courses prospective students will need to attend the information sessions on 1 and 2 May 2019, which will provide an overview of the program, the selection process and an opportunity to meet industry partners. 

More information is available on the North Metropolitan TAFE website.

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Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy released

Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy

The Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson have released the State Training Board's Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy . The strategy aims to meet the growing skill demands of Western Australia's highest employing industry. 

 

Chaired by Chris Hall, AM the Social Assistance and Allied Health Steering Workforce Strategy calls for a coordinated response to maximise the development and growth of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce to meet the growing needs of vulnerable people living in Western Australia.

The report identified the number of disability and aged care support workers needs to double over the next five years, and the vocational education and training (VET) sector must provide training that meets the needs of this workforce. Considering the current environment, the report highlighted it is likely the social assistance and allied health sectors will face challenges sustaining a skilled workforce.

Streamlining training pathways to provide flexible employment options for students, and enhancing the quality of training through a stronger focus on partnerships between TAFE and local employers are options to make the VET sector more accessible to industry and the public.

To view Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Strategy. 

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Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships

Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships

The Minister, Hon. Sue Ellery has released Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia and the McGowan Government's response to support job creation and revitalise Western Australia's training system. 

Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships is the culmination of Statewide industry forums hosted by the State Training Board between August 2017 and March 2018. The consultations helped the State Training Board to understand what industry needs from the State’s training sector and inform future strategies.

The State Training Board set out to understand Western Australian industry needs and understand the common issues and barriers that employers face when employing apprentices and trainees. It is evident that there are wide-ranging issues and diverse opinions about what is needed to help grow apprenticeships and traineeships.

The issues identified throughout the consultations were:

  • The apprenticeship system is complex and difficult to navigate
  • There are cost pressures associated with the employment of apprentices and trainees.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships are not widely promoted or understood by young people and the community.
  • Businesses want greater flexibility from the training sector.
  • Jobs and Skills Centres need to collaborate with industry and VET stakeholders to support users of the system.

The State Training Board proposes five broad strategies to address these issues:

  • Strategy 1: Make it easier for participants to navigate the apprenticeship system.
  • Strategy 2: Reduce costs for employers and apprentices/trainees to make training more affordable.
  • Strategy 3: Promote the VET sector and the opportunities available through apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Strategy 4: Make training adaptive to industry needs and foster structured partnerships.
  • Strategy 5: Be customer focussed and provide reliable information, advice and support through the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres.

View Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships [PDF 5.84MB]

View the executive summary [PDF 126KB]

View the McGowan Government’s response [PDF 461KB]

 

 

 

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