Western Sydney Airport sets employment targets

Western Sydney Airport Corporation has revealed its intention to employ 50 per cent of its workforce from western Sydney.

The company behind the future Badgerys Creek airport, which is due to open in 2026, announced yesterday that it would aim to ensure half of its employees reside in western Sydney once the site is operational.

The corporation is also aiming for 30 per cent of workers in the construction phase to hail from western Sydney.

In a statement released yesterday, the company said this was a “significantly higher” target than “comparable projects presently under way in Sydney”.

These targets aim to reduce the current rate of western Sydney workers leaving the region each day for work: 30 per cent.

“These workforce targets are designed to ensure that Western Sydney Airport will deliver substantial employment opportunities for the people of western Sydney,” the statement read.

“Not just over the construction phase, but for many decades into the future as the airport commences operation and continues to grow.”

Other employment targets 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.

The company will deliver an annual public report on their success in meeting the targets from the year 2021.

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