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Annual Report 2008-2009 - Report on Operations-Services

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Service One – Support for the Premier as Head of Government

Government's Strategic Goal:
"Greater focus on achieving results in key service areads for the benefit of all Western Austrlalians"

Agency level outcome:
"The Premier's requirements and those of Cabinet are met" The Department provides administrative suport and advice responsive to the Premier's requirements as Head of Government. This service also includes the promotion of Western interests overseas and communication Government policies and activities.

PREMIER'S OFFICE

The Premier's Office is staffed by secretarial, administrative, policy and media support employees who operate under the guidance of the Chief of Staff.

Policy Officers assist with Government issues and liaise with State Parliamentary members, Ministers and Ministerial Offices. They also advise the Premier on policy and related issues.

The Premier has direct responsibility for the overseas offices in Japan, London and Dubai and staff in the Premier's Office assist in liaising with these overseas offices. Staff also provide contact and liaison points for matters directly involving the Premier, attend meetings and follow up on matters arising from these meetings.

EUROPEAN OFFICE - London, United Kingdom (UK)

The Office is responsible for monitoring business developments and activities that are likely to have an impact on Western Australia's interest in, and ability to do business with Europe. Promoting inward investment into Western Australia, particularly in the area of valueenhancing and secondary processing of the State's natural resource assets, remains a key activity. Trade development opportunities for Western Australian business in both the industrial and domestic markets continues to be promoted. Western Australia is also promoted as a destination for business and skilled migrants and for European students to study.

Some of the key activities undertaken this year were:

  • promoted Western Australia as a destination for oil, gas and mineral investment and assisted the Department of State Development and Department of Minerals and Petroleum led delegation to the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) 2008 exhibition in Stavanger, Norway;

  • provided assistance to a variety of Western Australian companies with market information, co-ordination of visit programmes, accommodation and general advice;

  • assisted in planning, programming and supporting Ministerial, Parliamentary, Departmental and Agency visits to Europe, and the Government sponsored 2009 Premier's ANZAC Student Tour.

  • maintained contact and exposure to the Russian economy and its opportunities for trade, investment and collaboration across many sectors, by providing support to visits to the State by two Russian delegations in August 2008 and attending the EU-Russia Business Roundtable in November 2008 and visiting Moscow and Tomsk for various business discussions;

  • assisted the Perth Convention Bureau to participate in the bidding process for major congresses in Western Australia, promoted State business tourism offerings in the UK media and also assisted the Bureau in its London launch of the 'One Movement Festival' 2008 attended by over 100 representatives of the UK music industry;

  • promoted Western Australia at 35 significant migration events in European countries and assisted Western Australian Government agencies, including Western Australia Police, Department of Education and Training and Department of Health in specialised skilled recruitment;

  • worked with the other States, the Federal government and Australian business on a major promotion of Western Australia and other States in the UK called G'dayUK;

  • continued to promote science in Western Australia generally and the State as the site for the important Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, This included the use of the Western Austrlaian Satellite event at G'day UK as a major promotional opportunity for the SKA;

  • provided support and assistance to the Department of Health in setting up a Recruitment Office;

  • promoted Western Australia's agrifood, wines and fisheries industries in maintaining the State's global reuputation as a supplier of safe premium quaility food through assisting a Ministerial-led business delegation to the European Seafood Exposition April 2009, Brussels, Belgium;

  • Promoted Western Australia's biotechnology industries and their capabilities and leadership in science, innovation, research and technology at the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference in August 2008, Cork, Ireland;

  • promoted Western Australia as a business and events tourism destination through a number of major industry exhibitions, special events and destination presentations targeting UK and European business market; and

  • represented major educational institutions from Perth at 15 events in Europe to promote educational programs and recruit students to study in Western Australia.

NORTH ASIA OFFICE - Tokyo, Japan

The Office is responsible for trade development and investment attraction from the North Asia region. The Agency actively promotes investment opportunities in sectors where value-adding and secondary processing of the State's natural resources and agricultural produce provide direct benefits to the Western Australian economy. The Agency is also committed to raising the premium profile of the State in the Japanese education and food and beverage markets.

Some of the major achievements were:

  • promoted Western Australia at food and beverage exhibitions, including the Foodex 2009 trade show, specifically targeting Japanese importers and food processing equity investors, and supported exhibitors, including importers of Western Australian products;

  • promoted education services in Western Australia at education exhibitions and conferences held throughout Japan;

  • supported a visit to Japan by the Premier in February 2009 to meet with senior Government officials to discuss trade and investment relations with Western Australia;

  • supported visits to Japan by the Minister for Energy, and a parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly;

  • assisted Western Australian companies with market research, business matching and other general enquiries;

  • Assisted Japanese investors in Western Australian's resources sector to identify opportunities in related sectors such as uranium, rare earths and metals, and identified potential investment opportunities in the biofuels sector for Japanese investors;

  • supported Western Australian companies attending biotechnology and nanotechnology events in developing their networks and knowledge bases, and in attracting investment and establishing business partnerships;

  • promoted Western Australia as the most desirable location for the Square Kilometre Array project to Japanese organisations and stakeholders;

  • in conjunction with the Australian Embassy, assisted in furthering the case for trade protocols to be established for the following Western Australian related areas: lupins for human consumption, live bees and citrus varieties;

  • supported the Western Australian Treasury Corporation in all facets of their business in Japan, including a mission to Tokyo;

  • exposed regional economies in Japan to trade and investment opportunities, including major promotions in the Kansai region, home to Western Australia's sister-state, Hyogo Prefecture. Of particular significance was an Agency-led investment mission from the Higashi-Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which focussed on shipbuilding and other heavy industry sectors; and

  • successful attraction of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Conference to Perth. The Conference brought over 200 Japanese major corporation CEOs and other high level executives to Perth, and exposed the attendees to a wide range of Western Australian industry capability in the IT and medical sectors.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA TRADE OFFICE - Dubai, United Emirates

The Office is responsible for attracting, retaining and maximizing trade and investment opportunities between the State and the Middle Eastern region.

Some of the major achievements were:

  • continued to provide assistance to Western Australian companies and institutions with market intelligence, coordination of visit programs, accommodation and general advice.

  • planned and organised the Minister of Agriculture and Food's visist to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait;

  • facilitated meetings with the three largest animal feed companies to promote Western Australian lupin as an alternative source of protein animal feed;

  • supported Western Australian companies participation in the Gulf Food Exhibition in Dubai in February 2009, jointly inaugurated by the ruler of Dubai and our Minister for Agriculture and Food;

  • identified new export opportunities in areas of wheat and foodstuffs to accommodate recent change to Saudi Arabia's food security policies and related issues of reducing use of ground water and favouring greater use of imports;

  • initiated discussions on the potential of introducing preferred Arabic (Saudi) sheep breeds in Western Australia;

  • in partnership with the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce organised our largest ever Construction and Technology Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar and supported Western Australian companies participation in the BIG-5 Trade Exhibition in November 2008;

  • represented Tourism Western Australia at the Arabian Hotel Investment conference in Dubai to attract Arabian investment into the Western Australian tourism sector and promoted Western Australia as a favoured tourist destination;

  • supported visits by several Western Australian Universities and educational institutes and assisted Education and Training Exhibitions such as the Najah Exhibition in Abu-Dhbai (UAE), recognising the growing demand for Australian education services in the Middle East in the region;

  • organised two skilled and business Migration Seminars in Dubai for the Small Business Development Corporation which were attended by 250 prospective candidates;

  • provided market briefing to visiting Western Australian art professionals and helped promote our art during the Art Show;

  • continued to identify opportunities in natural resource management, animal and plant quarantine and biosecurity, plant protection, water saving irrigation technology and landscaping in the region, such as the Kuwait Greening project; and

  • recommissioned the completed Marine Leisure Report to include recent changes in the market to help facilitate the Western Australian marine industry entry into the region.

GOVERNMENT MEDIA OFFICE

The Government Media Office co-ordinates and distributes information to media, facilitates liaison between Cabinet Ministers and media outlets and provides administrative support to Ministerial Advisers.

The Media Monitoring Unit provides media monitoring to the Premier and Cabinet Ministers. This includes news websites online, print, radio and TV throughout Western Australia and selected publications in other States.

The Government Advertising Unit is responsible for managing advertising policy and providing expert advice to Government departments on advertising issues.

ANZAC DAY WORKING GROUP

In July 2003, the Government announced the formation of the ANZAC Day Working Group to enhance Western Austrlaia's observance of ANZAC Day, to commemorate 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2005, and to preserve the State;s wartimes history.

Since its inception, the ANZAC Day Working Group has overseen the implementation of A Grateful State Remembers program to commemorate the 60th anniversary in 2005 of the end of World War II and a number of other ANZAC related initiatives.

The ANZAC Day Working Group also administers the following programs:

  • Small Grants Scheme - In November 2006, the Government provided an additional $1 million as part of a two-year extension of the ANZAC Day Small Grants Scheme Program. The purpose of the Anzac Small Grants Scheme is to assist with the refurbishment and restoration of dilapidated war memorials and honour rolls across Western Australia; upgrade facilities at RSL or Memorial Halls or other venues used for ANZAC and Remembrance Day Services; provide funding to develop interpretive programs; provide funding for research and publications; and to provide for the purchase of public address systems and lecterns for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services. All four rounds of grants have been finalised with 135 organisations receiving grants to the value of $888,432. Included in this were contributions to The Boer War Memorial in Canberra and commemorative activities relating to the finding of the HMAS Sydney. Funds have also been provided to identify and preserve significant records and documents held by RSL Sub Branches.

    In September 2009, the Premier Colin Barnett announced that the State Government would provide an allocation of $433,000 towards The Anzac Peace Park. The Park will be dedicated to the role Albany played in the First World War as it was from Albany on 1 November 1914, that the first convoy of the Australian Imperial Force set sail for war.

  • Student Delegation to ANZAC Sites - In 2004 the first delegation of 14 high school students departed for Europe on the annual Premier's ANZAC Studen Tour. In 2009, 12 secondary students travelled to the Western Front for 10 days to pay tribute to the 313,000 Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium. They attended the ANZAC Day commemorations in Ypres, Belgium. The tour group was also invited to lead the Last Post service at Menin Gate on the evening of April 24.

  • ANZAC Website and War Memorial Register - the website www.anzac.dpc.wa.gov.au contains the WA War Memorial Register, a comprehensive database of 321 war memorials throughout the State. In each entry there is a description of the memorial and a list of those people commemorated.

 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.