The Western Australian Government is committed to ensuring that competitive local suppliers are given every opportunity to participate in Western Australia’s resources projects. Part of this commitment involved the release of the Building Local Industry Policy in 2009 and the Western Australian Government Local Industry Participation Framework in 2011. These publications outline the government’s strategies for ensuring Western Australian businesses are considered for involvement in major projects and overseas markets of importance to the state’s economic development.
The Department of State Development ensures these aims are met by negotiating State Agreements with proponents of major projects that support local content.
For example, the Roy Hill iron ore project, which is the biggest single-pit iron ore mining project in Australia, has signed a State Agreement that stipulates the use, where reasonable, of local labour.
During the construction phase of the project more than $6 billion to date has been spent on, or committed to, local content. Western Australian businesses have been involved in building accommodation villages, the Ginbata airport and accompanying roads, and the company headquarters and remote operations centre in Perth.