The Western Australian Government is tackling projected skills shortages in the state with a program to raise awareness nationally and internationally of workforce requirements and opportunities for immigrants.

Research carried out by the Department of Training and Workforce Development shows that WA could face a shortage of up to 150,000 skilled workers by 2017.

Following recent discussions with the Federal Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans and Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen in Canberra about workforce needs in Western Australia, the state Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier is planning to lead a delegation of industry and government representatives to the UK later this year to promote WA to potential skilled migrants.

The draft ACT Primary Health Care Strategy has been released for public consultation, setting out seven priority areas for action to improve primary health care in the Territory.

The Productivity Commission has called for written submissions on its draft report on Disability Care and Support by 30 April.

The Tasmanian Government has launched major reports to help Government, business and farmers better understand the impacts of climate change.

A new planning framework to guide development in the Pilbara has been released in response to many of the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) are calling on all political parties to scrap Part 3A and end the State Government's 'reign' over the NSW planning system. The LGSA say a genuine test and independent commission for state significant developments is needed to restore the balance to land use planning.

President of the Local Government Association, Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said it is essential that the incoming State Government work in close consultation with Local Government to develop a more open and transparent planning system.  

The expansion of the natural gas network to regional communities across Victoria is a step closer as the government progresses the delivery of its $100 million Energy for the Regions program.

Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh have signed the National Partnership for Natural Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery.

An Economic Development Mentor Support Network is part of package of new initiatives announced by Environment and Resource Management Minister Kate Jones as the next plank of the Bligh Government’s Wild Rivers program, aimed at providing Indigenous communities in the Cape with greater capability to capitalise on economic opportunities.

WA energy minister Peter Collier has launched the latest initiative in planning for the State’s future energy needs.

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