Road maintenance returning to Main Roads

Road maintenance jobs return to Main Roads as regional sustainability takes the spotlight.

Published: 12 May 2022, Updated: 12 May 2022

Driven by a vision for increased capability, capacity and sustainability in our regions, a total of 660 new or transitioned jobs will be filled across Main Roads by January 2026.  

An independent review conducted in 2021 determined that an in-house delivery model could save $25 million a year, and encourage regional economic growth of $335 million over the next 10 years.

Bringing the management of routine maintenance into Main Roads will allow us to build our staff skills and knowledge, while allowing us to become a more informed purchaser for the delivery of maintenance and projects. 

Opportunities

Road maintenance is currently delivered by five network contractors across WA.

 The transition of roles to be directly employed as Main Roads staff, will offer increased opportunity for job stability, training and improved employment conditions. 

 Shortfalls that have been identified in office & depot space and staff housing will be filled as we open new offices in Broome, Karratha, Esperance and Manjimup.  

 As we offer roles to local people while also attracting people to work and live in regional WA, we hope to encourage local spending and the opportunity to build greater local community connections. 

  Increase in direct engagement of local regional businesses.

 This transition will also result in a number of benefits for Main Roads including contract cost savings, skills and knowledge capability increases and over time, opportunities for greater Aboriginal participation.

Transitional Arrangements

Existing Maintenance Contracts are starting to reach their endpoint this year, with most ending by February 2024. The Kimberley contract is due to end in 2026.

Prior to the expiry of each term contract, Main Roads will commence the formal transition process for those maintenance crews.

We will advise workers of the opportunity to transition to Main Roads; at which time they'll be able to register their interest for the role, without having to compete with external applicants for their job.

Existing workers employed by the contractors will be offered direct employment with Main Roads and have their previous service recognised for long service leave and parental leave purposes.

For more details about the transition and the opportunities it presents, the following information is provided:

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