South West Native Title Settlement agreements upheld for Noongar people

South West Native Title Settlement agreements have been registered to provide long-term settlement opportunities for Noongar people. Six Indigenous Land Use Agreements were upheld after the Full Federal Court found no errors in authorising the settlement. Settlement will establish a strong Noongar community through the creation of Noongar Corporations representing the interests of Noongar people,…

WA’s new museum set to showcase the state

WA is set to showcase exhibitions in style with the state’s new world class museum reaching completion. The museum has achieved “a major milestone” in its completion on time and within budget, set to open in November 2020. The State Government revealed the completed buildings on Thursday, showcasing the architecture that was inspired by the…

McGowan Government forecasts bigger surplus for WA in mid-year review

WA can expect a bigger budget surplus than expected this financial year, with soaring iron ore prices projected to continue to boost The McGowan Government’s mid-year economic review released on Wednesday forecast a $2.6 billion surplus for 2019-20, an increase from its previous projection during the May budget. $1.53 billion was expected but the new…

EXCLUSIVE: Limited payroll tax relief savings hinders small business job creation: expert

Jobs growth in WA’s small businesses could remain limited despite State Government changes to payroll tax to boost employment, a financial planner has warned. Concerns have been raised that small businesses might not dramatically boost the State’s employment market, as the McGowan Government introduced payroll tax relief to create jobs and encourage business reinvestment. The…

WA to boost employment and investment with small business payroll tax cut

Small and medium businesses will receive financial relief with the State Government set to cut payroll tax to encourage employment and investment. The McGowan Government made the announcement on Thursday that will benefit nearly 12,000 small and medium businesses to expand and create jobs. Under the plan, the payroll tax exemption will be increased by…

Housing rebates support WA residential developments

The State Government is investing in WA’s residential construction in a bid to stimulate the property sector. New stamp duty rebates have been introduced to support residential infill developments along with the government’s Metronet transport system. From Wednesday, buyers signing pre-construction contracts for a new residential unit or apartment in a multi-tiered development will be…

Welfare and legal assistance to be provided with new Custody Notification Service

Indigenous Western Australians will be receiving improved assistance if arrested, with the Custody Notification Service (CNS)now operational, the State Government has announced. The CNS will provide 24-hour legal advice and welfare checks to all Aboriginal people if they are taken into custody, as a key recommendation of the coronial inquest into the death of Ms…

Micro-grid development aims to create jobs for Mandurah youths

A joint announcement by several state government ministers and a consortium led by Enwave Australia will see the development of Australia’s first solar micro power grid at the Peel Business Park located in Nambeelup. Solar farm and battery storage technology with power supplement by Western Power will provide electricity to the 120 hectare Park, saving…