From the CEO’s Desk

Fri 06 Nov 2020

RCCIWA Members Forum – 12th & 13th of November – Next Week!
This time next week we will be gathered in Perth for our 2-day RCCIWA Members Forum. With a record turnout expected and many new faces – we know it will be a fantastic event full of plenty of opportunities to amplify our voice, represent regional business communities, learn, share and of course, network. Registrations close at 5pm today – so if you still plan on attending and have not registered – stop reading this and register now! To find out more about the Forum you can read our info sheet or our reasons flyer. The registration link is at the top of the Info Sheet.

We will also be holding our AGM on Thursday November 12th.

All confirmed attendees will receive an email on Monday with the full programs, AGM documents as well as general last minute instructions for the forum. Look out for the email in your inbox.

RCCIWA Stakeholder Engagement & Representation
It continues a very busy time, and the past couple of weeks has seen RCCIWA representing our members in many different ways:

  • Infrastructure WA – External Stakeholders Reference Group – attended the inaugural meeting as an invited representative member of this group, contributing to the development of WA’s State Infrastructure Strategy. You can read RCCIWA’s submission to the strategy discussion here.
  • WALGA – participated in WALGA’s online webinar as a panellist to discuss the impacts of COVID 19 and ways our members and WALGA members can work in collaboration. I was joined by WA’s Small Business Commissioner David Eaton and CCIWA’s Chief Economist Aaron Morey. It was a great opportunity and a very interesting discussion.
  • Foodservice & Hospitality Working Group – continued to contribute to this State Government formed Working Group (one of about 22) which is a part of the Government recovery program. A very important way to ensure the issues and challenges of our members are being voiced and heard.
  • Digital Inclusion Blueprint Workshop – an opportunity to provide input in the draft blueprint. This is a critical issue for all regional business communities. The consultation period has now closed; however you can find out more information here
  • Critical Worker Shortages – we have been meeting with and talking to various departments from both the State and Federal Government regarding worker shortages throughout Regional WA. Our members our telling us that chefs, all hospitality workers and childcare works are their biggest priority.

Changes to Western Australia's border arrangements
From Saturday, 14 November, WA will transition to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement based on the latest public health advice. Introduction of WA’s new controlled interstate border arrangement is dependent on every state and territory in Australia recording a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases of COVID-19 per day. If this 14-day rolling average is met, the existing hard border arrangements and current exemption requirements for travel will be removed, allowing Australians to travel into and around WA, subject to conditions of entry. Please refer to the Government  website for the most current information.