Federal Member for Brand Madeleine King MP has met with representatives from local business groups,
employment agencies, and disability employment services for a roundtable on jobs and skills in Kwinana.
The roundtable explored issues such as barriers to the workforce and skills shortages.
In attendance were representatives of the City of Kwinana, CEO Wayne Jack and Warwick Carter as well as
Mayor Deb Hamblin and Deputy Mayor Hayley Edwards from the City of Rockingham.
“Understanding the challenges of our local workforce will be essential to improving jobs and skills in the
area,” Minister King said.
“As the Member for Brand, I will always work closely with local businesses and the broader business
community to ensure Perth’s southern suburbs remain one of the best places in Australia to work and raise
“Kwinana’s industrial precinct, which includes BHP’s Nickel West refinery, Tianqi Lithium’s processing plant
and the new H2Perth Hydrogen facility currently being developed by Woodside, have positioned Brand to
be a Green Energy Powerhouse,” Ms King said.
“Investors have realised that the Kwinana Industrial Area is perfect for these kinds of renewable energy
projects, not just because of the existing infrastructure, but because of its skilled local workforce.
“I am proud of the continuing strength of the local community and its workforce, especially over the last
few years of lockdowns and border closures,” Ms King said.
In her capacity as Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia, Madeleine King is hosting a
series of Jobs and Skills Roundtables across Australia in the lead up to the Albanese Government’s Jobs and
Skill Summit, including in Brisbane, Karratha and Perth.
Discussions from these roundtables will support input to the national Jobs and Skills Summit, which will be
held at Parliament House in Canberra on 1–2 September.