Statement from the CPSU/CSA in Response to the Our Priorities announcement
The CPSU/CSA welcomes the State Government’s announcement of the optimistic “Our Priorities” Project.
Although there is not a lot of detail in how these outcomes will be achieved, it is positive to see these goals outlined in black and white.
The six areas of improvement are:
- A strong economy; creating 150,000 more jobs and keeping the state in surplus
- A bright future; improving health and wellbeing of children, NAPLAN scores & increase to STEM participation
- A liveable environment; METRONET, increase to conservation areas & increase to recycling.
- A safer community; reduce youth reoffending and illicit drug use.
- Aboriginal wellbeing; reduce overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody.
- Regional prosperity; increase number of employed persons in regional WA.
Key targets such as ‘No more than 50% of young offenders will return to detention within two years of release’, will require significant investment.
Reoffending is reduced when a whole community approach is taken, with dedicated education, training and counselling at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre readying young people for the outside world. Followed by significant community support programs to give them the best start in life and less chance of reoffending.
Another area that will require investment in community services, specifically increasing the amount of Aboriginal Liaison Officers in agencies such as Justice and Communities, is ‘Reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in custody’.
This is an important and complex issue and we welcome the state government’s commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people in WA.
The Our Priorities project outlines ambitious and optimistic targets, which will require significant investment in the public sector.
We look forward to closely working with government agencies on producing the outcomes.