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Mark McGowan: the 12 targets that will define my job as WA Premier

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Key points:

  • 150,000 more jobs by 2023-24, including 30,000 new jobs in regional WA
  • Ambitious targets to measure government performance on KPIs
  • Three per cent surplus of general government revenue by 2020-21

I have always said that creating WA jobs is my number one priority.

Since the election in 2017, my team has been delivering on our agenda and our Plan for Jobs is seeing results.

Thousands of people have now found work since we came to office. We’ve brought the state’s finances under control, and we are bringing the budget back into surplus – the first in six years – a year earlier than planned.

There are positive signs, but we know there’s lots more work to do to get our state back on track.

It’s also become clear to my cabinet colleagues and I that there are some challenges facing the community that are so complex and important that we need to increase the focus on them and look at new ways of having an impact.

Our Priorities sets out the task ahead for our state and represents the delivery of a key election commitment.

Visionary program

“By setting these targets, my government will be held to account on its performance. We are ready to meet this challenge.”

It is a visionary program, that sets our state up for the future.

As premier and as a government, we need to own the challenges we face and take on the responsibility of implementing real, positive change.

The targets set are designed to allow us to share our state’s prosperity and create a bright future for each West Australian, no matter where they live or their personal circumstances.

To achieve our targets, we cannot expect the ‘business as usual’ approach to government policy will work.

We need to evolve and work collaboratively, as one government, working with business and the wider community.

One of the marquee components of the Our Priorities program is to create an additional 150,000 jobs by 2023-24, including 30,000 new jobs in regional WA.

Creating jobs is the best way to ensure we share the prosperity of our state, and my government remains committed to building on the vision already set out in our Plan for Jobs.

12 key priorities

In total, there are 12 key priorities.  As we promised, each one establishes a goal for where we want to be in the future and sets an ambitious target to measure our performance.

By setting these targets, my government will be held to account on its performance. We are ready to meet this challenge.

Over my career, I’ve travelled all over the state and have spoken to thousands of people. Their expectations of their government are remarkably consistent – they want it to maintain a strong economy that delivers jobs and shares prosperity.

They want their kids to have the best possible education and they want peace of mind in knowing world-class healthcare is available for those stressful times when kids get sick.

They want to feel safe in the community and they want their government to have a real plan to deal with complex issues like the scourge of illicit drug use.

They want to know their government is doing the right thing by the environment, to ensure it remains protected for future generations to enjoy.

Clear targets

“It’s about smarter planning, housing choice and new jobs for West Australians.”

The Our Priorities program will focus on issues such as these and our targets are clear.

We will maintain a three per cent surplus of general government revenue by 2020-21 and we’ll keep it there.

We will deliver a marked improvement to reading and numeracy score for Year 5 and Year 9 students by 2024.

We will reduce the number of Aboriginal adults in prison by 23 per cent by 2029.

We will increase the state’s conservation estate by 5 million hectares, or 20 per cent, by 2023.

We will ensure that by 2023, no more than 50 per cent of young offenders will return to detention within two years of release.

By 2031, the number of homes in the Perth and Peel region in close proximity to METRONET will increase by 45 per cent – that is 150,000 new homes.

This target reinforces the fact that METRONET is more than just trains and buses.

It’s about smarter planning, housing choice and new jobs for West Australians.

This is a huge challenge, but one we know WA needs to meet to create a better Perth and a liveable environment.

Better health outcomes

“Many of our targets cannot be achieved by government alone. There has to be a partnership with the community and with business.”

In addition to the 12 targets, the final report of the Sustainable Health Review will be handed down in coming weeks, with recommendations to guide an implementation program to drive better health outcomes for patients.

The priorities we have chosen and the targets we have set are ambitious. It will require a sustained focus and in some cases, the development of new, innovative approaches.

I realise that by setting our targets, they will define my job as Premier of Western Australia.

That’s why they are not just about words on a new website – they include measurable targets that holds my government to account, in a transparent manner, just like we promised.

The launch of Our Priorities is just the beginning. We have set out our vision and now we will get to work consulting with key stakeholders in the community to begin implementing our plans.

Many of our targets cannot be achieved by government alone. There has to be a partnership with the community and with business to ensure our vision becomes a reality.

By working together, we can build a stronger, fairer Western Australia, where our prosperity is shared and felt throughout the community.

These are Our Priorities.

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