WSA Co outlines employment targets for Western Sydney Airport, focus on local and indigenous jobs

    Australia‘s Government outlined (08-Mar-2018) a “comprehensive package of employment targets” for Western Sydney Airport both during its construction and operational phase. Details include:

    • Indigenous workers to make up 2.4% of the total workforce on the construction of the airport;
    • 3% of all contracts during construction to be with Indigenous firms;
    • 20% of the workforce to be made up of “learning workers”, including apprentices and trainees;
    • 30% of workers to be residents of western Sydney during the construction phase;
    • From 2026 when the airport is fully operational, WSA Co will target 50% of employees from the western Sydney region;
    • WSA Co will be required to report annually against these targets from 2021, with reports to be made public;

    Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher added: “It will be a game changer for people in western Sydney seeking employment opportunities locally… That’s why we’re investing AUD5.3 billion (USD4.16 billion) to build Western Sydney Airport—a project that will transform the region and be a catalyst for economic growth for decades to come—and billions more in roads”. [more – original PR]