Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the South West that are seeking Government contracts may be eligible to access up to $20,000 in matched funding to assist in bidding for Government or defence-related work.
The funding, provided through the McGowan Labor Government’s Local Capability Fund, will assist SMEs to increase their competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to Government agencies, or respond to opportunities in the defence sector.
Information about the program was provided to those attending PROCURE South West in Bunbury, an event for local businesses to showcase their capabilities in servicing major clients in both the public and private sectors.
Staff from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and Defence West were on hand to provide an update on the Western Australian Jobs Bill 2017, as well as raising awareness of procurement opportunities in the region.
Funding in this second round can be used for costs such as Australian or international standards certification, equipment upgrades, improvements to manufacturing processes and Occupational Health and Safety accreditation.
Premier Mark McGowan said the Government was committed to growing local jobs in regional areas.
“The Local Capability Fund will offer assistance for businesses in the South-West to enhance their capability, capacity and competitiveness,” Mr McGowan said. “This will allow local businesses to be in a position to capitalise on opportunities created by the WA Jobs Law, currently progressing through State Parliament.”
For more information, visit the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation website.