“We’re doing everything we can.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
Temporary changes include scrapping the $200 application fee, halving secured contracts to six months, or scrapping the requirement entirely in the regions.
English speaking standards have been relaxed for professionals and managers, along with prior work experience requirements.
Applicants will no longer need $20,000 in the bank, instead just proof of “sufficient funds”.
More than a hundred jobs have been added to the state’s priority occupation list, including in health and construction, as well as for hairdressers, driving instructors, panel beaters and butchers.
Aaron Morey from the Chamber of Commerce backed the move.
“Every part of our economy is crying out for workers particularly areas like health and community services,” he said.
WA’s unemployment rate dropped this month to a historic low.
It’s hoped these red-tape-cutting measures will bring workers in.
But it raises the question, where will they live?
“We are building more houses than ever before, as those houses become occupied people will move out of rentals and into those properties, freeing up rentals,” McGowan said.
The worker shortage will be high on the agenda at the federal government’s job summit next month.