Road Maintenance Contracts

660 new and transitioned Main Roads jobs will be filled across Western Australia by January 2026; building Main Roads skills, knowledge and capability in road maintenance.

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Driven by a vision of increased capability, capacity and economic 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 (specifically on road maintenance and some minor works) could save $25 million a year and encourage regional economic growth of $335 million over the next 10 years.

Bringing the delivery of routine road 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. 

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

Direct employment opportunities

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

 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. 

Local economic sustainability

 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 great local community connections. 

 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.  

 Increase in direct engagement of local regional businesses.

Aboriginal participation

 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.

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.

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