WA actions job transition plan to end native forest logging

By Melissa Coade

March 10, 2022

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WA has started rolling out support packages to help native forestry workers transition into new jobs. (tagu/Adobe)

The Western Australian state government has started rolling out support packages to help native forestry workers transition into new jobs as part of its plan to end logging in 2024. 

Every local worker in a mill or harvest and haulage company will be informed that support packages as part of the $50 million Just Transition Plan are now available. 

In a statement, forestry minister Dave Kelly said native forestry workers must pre-register for a support package by April 6, 2022. 

“I’m really pleased that after listening to workers and working closely with the Australian Workers Union, we can now start to roll out the support packages for native forestry workers,” Kelly said. 

TAFE representatives have also started to visit workplaces to discuss retraining opportunities with employees and undertake assessments for recognition of prior learning and skills.

Earlier this month a final native forest workforce transition package was presented to an advisory group, and the details of the package are expected to be finalised. 

The minister added that all eligible businesses had registered interest for the transition packages and industry consultation on the business packages was being collated.

“With the community and industry transition sub-group now formed, we will continue to consult with key stakeholders before finalising the Just Transition Plan,” Kelly said. 

The sub-group includes representatives from the Shires of Manjimup, Nannup and Bridgetown, as well as representatives from the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, FIFWA, the Australian Workers Union, Department of Jobs Training Science and Innovation, and the South West Development Commission. It will meet for the first time this week to discuss the consultation feedback for the government’s business transition packages.


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