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CSWA Newsletter – May 2023

The recent release of the McGowan Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Regional Workforce Action Plan presents an opportunity to further highlight the challenges currently facing the sector and more importantly explore potential solutions. This includes the expansion of the ECEC Job Ready program and providing some clarity around migration pathways. 

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CSWA Newsletter – April 2023

When undertaking consultations with industry stakeholders, one of the most common comments we hear is how confusing it can be to navigate the training options available, including when looking to engage trainees. As part of our role in promoting vocational training to our sector, we aim to reduce this confusion and help connect the dots to make the process smoother.


CSWA Newsletter – March 2023

During the month of March, we celebrated International Women’s Day and as such I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the incredible work of our small team of women at CSWA. Not only are they highly competent and knowledgeable, but they are also incredibly passionate and what unites us is a commitment to making a difference.

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CSWA Newsletter – February 2023

The CSWA team are currently immersed in compiling WA Jobs, Education, and Training (WAJET) survey responses for submission to the Department of Training and Workforce Development and I want to thank those who took the time to complete the survey. We are acutely aware of how time-consuming surveys can be however once again this information is incredibly valuable in informing advocacy for training and workforce strategies on behalf of our sectors. Over the coming weeks, the team will continue to undertake qualitative research and I would encourage anyone who has information they seek to have included, to contact the CSWA team.

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WA Jobs, Education and Training survey 2023

On behalf of the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD), Community Skills WA (CSWA) is undertaking the WA Jobs, Education and Training (WAJET) survey for 2023. The purpose of this survey is to understand the skill needs in Western Australia and the various pathways available to meet these skill needs. The WAJET survey will be used to inform the development of the State Priority Occupations List (SPOL), WA Skilled Migration List (WASMOL), Graduate Occupation List (GOL), Priority Industry Qualifications List (PIQL) and other training priorities for the State.

To identify the skill needs of industry, the WAJET Survey 2023 has been developed to seek your input on the following:

  • – Industry opportunities and challenges from a workforce development perspective
  • – Regional skills and workforce development needs
  • – Education and training needs and experiences for your industry sectors
  • – Occupation advice in relation to migration
  • – Occupation advice in relation to emerging issues
  • – Occupation advice in relation to labour supply and demand
  • – Occupation advice from an education and training perspective

Please help us continue to advocate for and develop strategies to support workforce development across the Community Services, Health and Education sectors in WA, by completing the relevant survey below.

Surveys close on 21 February 2023 at 5pm.

Note: For your convenience, please complete the survey on a desktop computer rather than a smartphone device.


Aboriginal Health

Aged Care

Allied Health

Community Services



Early Childhood Education and Care 


Financial Counselling


Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedics

Massage Therapist

Medical Technicians

Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drugs


Training and Education


CSWA Newsletter – November 2022

The recent announcement of 18,800 free training places represents a significant opportunity for our sectors to engage with Vocational Education and Training (VET), especially given the allocation of 8500 places for the care sector. While many of the qualifications and skill sets were already on the Lower fees, local skills list, the signing of the new 12-month skills agreement with the Commonwealth will ensure funding is maintained and access to free training is expanded throughout the community.


CSWA Newsletter – October 2022

According to the most recent available data, 774,000 children aged 0-14 years lived in poverty in 2017-18, accounting for 1 in 6 Australian children. Poverty has an impact on young people’s dreams and aspirations, and these statistics are confronting and unacceptable.

Reducing child poverty requires advocacy to ensure the development of a range of strategies and policy changes, especially in light of rising living costs. While CSWA can continue to support the advocacy and effect change through training strategies that create pathways and build capacity, the symposium highlighted the impact of one of our current projects.


CSWA Newsletter – September 2022

During the last month, the Community Skills WA team has remained focused on the implementation of Job Ready Programs for both Early Childhood Education & Care and Ageing & Disability. We will be organising and participating in several forums throughout regional Western Australia over the coming months, to discuss the community health workforce and opportunities to build capacity including amongst the existing workforce.


CSWA Newsletter – July 2022

A message from our Executive Director – Caroline Thompson

For my message this month I would like to share ‘The Story of the Starfish’ which resonates with me and highlights that even the smallest thing can make a difference. To you it might be something small, but to another person it could mean the world in any particular moment.


CSWA Newsletter – June 2022

The State Government has released its blueprint to address the growing demand for skilled workers in the State’s rapidly expanding social assistance and allied health sector. Community Skills WA, in collaboration with the State Training Board and key stakeholders in the social assistance and allied health sector presented the report with 25 recommendations to the State Government.


Media Statement: Actions to build future social assistance and allied health workforce

The McGowan Government today released its blueprint to address the growing demand for skilled workers in the State’s rapidly expanding social assistance and allied health sector. Click on the below link to read more about it:


CSWA Newsletter – May 2022

Engagement has been a key focus for CSWA over the last months and it has seen us request a lot of input and feedback from our key stakeholders, which is highly valued and helps inform new initiatives and ensures quality and current advice is provided to key stakeholders. We continue to advocate for the Certificate ll Community Health and Wellbeing traineeship as well as the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program of which both have been well received.