Western Sydney Airport commiting to local job creation

Western Sydney Airport Corporation (WSA co) has formally committed to a target that 50 per cent of employees will be residents of Western Sydney when the airport is fully operational in 2026.

There will be a separate target that 30 per cent of workers are residents of Western Sydney during the construction phase. This is significantly higher than the typical 20 per cent target set on comparable projects presently underway in Sydney.

Currently 30 per cent of Western Sydney workers leave the region each day for work—more jobs closer to home will improve liveability for these residents.

These workforce targets are designed to ensure that Western Sydney Airport will deliver substantial employment opportunities for the people of Western Sydney—not just over the construction phase but for many decades into the future as the airport commences operation and continues to grow.

They form part of a comprehensive package of employment targets for Western Sydney Airport which include:

  • Indigenous workers to make up 2.4 per cent of the total workforce on the construction of the airport
  • Three per cent of all contracts during the construction of the airport to be with Indigenous firms
  • 20 per cent of the workforce to be made up of learning workers, including apprentices and trainees

WSA Co will be required to report annually against these targets from 2021. These reports will be made public.

With an extra one million people expected to live in Western Sydney by 2031, the Australian Government is committed to delivering the infrastructure needed to make a growing Western Sydney work for residents, and an even better place to live and do business.

That’s why WSA Co. is investing $5.3 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.

In addition, the Federal and NSW State Governments have committed to building the first stage of the North South rail line with a joint objective of having rail connected to the airport in time for the opening of the airport.


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