Industry and jobs
WestConnex is creating opportunities for Australian businesses and people to get involved in the delivery of Australia's largest road project. It will generate about 10,000 jobs directly and indirectly, including hundreds of opportunities for apprentices and trainees.
Procurement of major contracts is complete for:
- WestConnex M4 Widening
- WestConnex M4 East
- King Georges Road Interchange Upgrade
- WestConnex New M5
- WestConnex M4-M5 Link Tunnel
- WestConnex M4-M5 Link Rozelle Interchange
An Australian Industry Participation Plan was prepared detailing how WestConnex encourages fair access and opportunities for Australian industry to compete for work. A summary of the plan can be found here.
The information below details different opportunities:
There are still many opportunities for Australian companies to participate in building and designing WestConnex as sub-contractors and suppliers. Our principal contractors require a range of services and products to deliver the project.
If you are interested in getting involved with the delivery of WestConnex, please contact:
At least one contracting entity tendering on major WestConnex contracts must be prequalified to each of the applicable National Prequalification Scheme categories (road, bridge and financial).
This also includes nomination of sub-contractors in key goods supply services (including asphalt paving, concrete paving, steel fabrication) to applicable prequalified categories.
Well-established design and construction specifications are used to design and construct WestConnex, primarily developed by Roads and Maritime Services. These specifications are regularly used on NSW transport projects. Specifications generally reflect the applicable Australian Standards or equivalent International Standard. For further information on prequalification, visit the Roads and Maritime Services website.
When we advertise and publish new opportunities, we also include:
- A description of the tender with prequalification requirements
- Compliance requirements to relevant procurement codes of practice
- Procurement process (for example, Expression of Interest, Request for Tender, shortlisting)
WestConnex is set to create 500 apprenticeships/traineeships throughout the project lifespan.
In 2016, our New M4 and New M5 delivery partners established the WestConnex Training Academy at Homebush to support this.
The academy focuses on enabling the following job seekers:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- young people and school leavers
- people from western Sydney
- people with a disability to participate in the workforce.
Our partners have joined forces with western Sydney TAFE and other registered training organisations to deliver the following programs at the WestConnex Training Academy.
The WestConnex Training Academy sources candidates through organisations that work with the long-term unemployed and people from disadvantaged communities.
Selected candidates participate in a three to four-week course to prepare them for the workforce and more intensive training opportunities. We aim to find employment for at least 70 per cent of people who complete the program.
Transition to tunnelling
The WestConnex Training Academy provides tunnelling training to people who have transferrable skills from other industries. This will allow people with experience from other sectors, like mining and heavy industry, to join our workforce.
Participants also gain valuable skills that will enable them to take advantage of opportunities on future tunnelling projects in Sydney.