Clean State Jobs Plan - Report
There has never been a more important time for WA to have a plan for jobs. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant and is likely to be felt across our community for years to come. To reboot our economy, and build back better, we need to have a plan. A plan that puts people and the planet at the centre.
On a global scale, we have entered the critical decade for addressing climate change, and Western Australia has a vital role to play. Western Australia can benefit significantly from the transition to a zero-carbon future.
The Clean State Jobs Plan sets out an ambitious program of action on climate change and job creation in Western Australia. Together these initiatives will create thousands of new jobs, drive down climate pollution and make WA a fairer, safer and cleaner place to live and work.
The proposals cover a range of sectors and themes, but they are by no means exhaustive. Instead, they provide a launchpad and a map of opportunities for the first important steps in Western Australia’s journey to decarbonisation. Over time, the ideas and initiatives can be further developed and built upon as momentum builds, new opportunities are developed, and new challenges are addressed. The plan has been developed to ensure that all parts of our community can share in the benefits and opportunities arising from action on climate change. Each proposal provides exciting opportunities for WA businesses, communities, families, and individuals.
Clean State is an organisation built on people power. If you have read this report and are inspired by the ideas and want to help make them a reality, please get in touch with us. We need individuals from all across the state to help us refine and further develop the ideas contained in this report, as well as to help spread the word.
Western Australians want to build back better
Clean State commissioned polling to understand attitudes of West Australian voters towards COVID-recovery and economic stimulus. The research, which canvassed nearly 1000 people from across the state found that West Australians from all voter groups overwhelmingly support recovery efforts that create a cleaner and fairer economy.
- Action on climate change, conservation, and the care economy are seen as powerful job creators that can grow the economy faster than resource industries or road building.
- Investment in renewable energy and batteries, aged care, social housing, public transport, Landcare and conservation all receive a very high level of public support for stimulus investment.
- In contrast, voters are sceptical of recovery efforts that subsidise the gas industry or reduce environmental standards. Cutting red and green tape for mining projects and investments in the oil and gas industry received the lowest levels of support.
Overwhelmingly, West Australians (85% of respondents) support stronger action on climate.
Polling research conducted by Patterson Research Group
Director of Policy and Research
With 15 years experience in environment, sustainability, housing and planning policy across government, academic, and non-government sectors, Chantal brings a wealth of experience to her role as Director of Policy and Research at Clean State. Chantal is the lead author of the Clean State Jobs Plan that has been developed in partnership with some of WA’s foremost experts, practitioners and stakeholders across a range of sectors.