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Western Australia’s Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk today congratulated the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) on its Perth Vibrancy and Regional Liveability Report, saying it mirrored the Government’s current focus and activities.
Ms Quirk said the Western Australian Government was actively implementing a range of initiatives to meet community and business needs - issues highlighted in the report.
“In addition to our strong commitment to local training and significantly increasing the number of apprenticeships, we are actively promoting the employment and lifestyle opportunities that exist here in Western Australia,” she said.
“We have been successful in attracting skilled workers from overseas and interstate.
“Key markets, such as South Africa and the United Kingdom, have been very strong in providing appropriately qualified migrants, so much so that we now visit South Africa at least three times per year.
“The State Migration Centre’s next visit to South Africa is scheduled for August 2008, while the UK is now serviced by a full-time Western Australia migration officer, who co-ordinates recruiting activities out of Europe.
“Our overseas push to attract skilled workers also takes in India, which is a key trading partner, and New Zealand. This is in addition to our interstate skills attraction program, Go West Now.
“The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, showing 80 people per week moving to Western Australia from New South Wales and Victoria, prove our interstate efforts are being rewarded.
“This is the largest transfer of workers from east to west in more than a decade, and validates the Go West Now program, launched in 2006, as an appropriate strategy in addressing Western Australia’s skills shortage.”
The Minister acknowledged the high level of co-operation between CCIWA and the State Migration Centre at the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) in addressing the current labour shortages facing business in Western Australia.

The government minister said nurturing entrepreneurialism in Western Australia was high on the State Government’s agenda and the SBDC remained the primary provider of advice and guidance for the small business sector. “Despite the obvious constraints identified in the report, this financial year Western Australia registered more than 25,400 new business names and the small business sector continues to grow,” she said. The Minister urged governments at all levels to reduce the red tape, which hindered small business entrepreneurialism. “Governments at all levels should do what they can to ‘get out of the way’ of small business,

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