Voluntary Redundancy for 150 Police Officers

Budget repair comes at a cost to WA Police, with 150 officers being offered a voluntary redundancy. A Government spokesperson said police will participate in the voluntary targeted separation scheme, and will not impact on frontline capacity. “The Treasurer announced in the state budget that police would participate in the voluntary targeted separation scheme as…

WA’s Increased GST Pool Not Enough For Budget Repair

WA is getting an increased share of GST, after the Commonwealth Grants Commission announced that WA will receive an extra 10 cents per dollar in the 2018-19 financial year. The growing national GST pool will give Treasurer Ben Wyatt $260 million more than expected. Mathias Cormann, Federal Financial Minister, said the Federal Government would help…

More Tough Budget Measures On the Way For WA in “Workman-Like Budget”

The WA Government has warned Western Australians can expect more tough measures in this year’s budget, as a result of its continuing efforts to reach a surplus. State Treasurer Ben Wyatt revealed on Thursday that people “won’t be surprised” when the content of the budget is revealed, with more tightened spending expected over the 2018-2019…

State Budget Boosted With Faster Than Expected Improvement

WA’s State Budget is experiencing a rapid improvement with as a result of lower spending and larger payments from government enterprises. Treasury’s Quarterly Financial Results Report reveals general government sector recorded an operating deficit of $701 million for six months until December 31 2017, $744 million lower than the same period last year. “It’s already…

School of the Air to Stay as Education Cuts Reversed

The Western Australian government will reverse a number of its controversial education cuts including closing Schools of the Air (SOTA), admitting it took the savings measures “too far”. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced it will not close SOTA after backlash over the closures, keep Northam Residential College accommodation open and continue…

Government Claims Budget Recovering Despite Increasing Deficit

The McGowan Government believes WA’s finances are “heading in the right direction” despite a rise in WA’s budget deficit and debt. Treasurer Ben Wyatt said while revealing the Mid-year Review on Wednesday that the review was a result of “responsible financial management”, reflecting the government’s aim of containing spending. WA’s finances improved by $568 million…

Education Minister: “Voluntary Scheme with no forced redundancies”

The WA Education Department is hoping to reduce the amount of full time jobs by March next year, as part of the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme. The scheme was announced back in September alongside the budget, with hopes that it will address the financial mess that the Government found themselves in. Education Minister, Sue Ellery,…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…