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Question Without Notice No. 627 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 June 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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JOBS — MIGRANTS

627. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the state government's announced target of creating 150 000 additional jobs in WA by 2023–24. I note that the federal Treasury has stated that 72.4 per cent of all new full-time jobs being created in Australia are being filled by recently arrived migrants.

(1) Does the state government anticipate that a similar percentage of overseas workers will fill the 150 000 extra positions that it plans to create?

(2) If no to (1), can the state government provide an estimate of how many of the 150 000 new jobs will be filled by existing Western Australian residents?

(3) In setting this jobs target, did the state government give any consideration at all to maximising employment and wage growth prospects for locals?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The state government anticipates that additional jobs within Western Australia will be available to and filled by a range of job seekers.

(3) The broader jobs target has a dedicated focus on creating opportunities for local jobs in the regions, and encouraging strong and sustainable regional communities.