Up to $20,000 is available for Australia’s small and medium sized enterprises to secure more opportunities as suppliers to major resource projects.
The Department of Commerce recognises that a number of businesses based and headquartered in regional Western Australia are keen to secure more opportunities as suppliers to major resource projects and the State Government market in the State.
Factors such as the increasing use of modular construction technology, global supply chains, increased competition from Asia and changed project business/procurement models have had a significant impact on the local content market in respect to resource projects.
To help address this issue, the Department is providing targeted financial assistance through the Industry Facilitation and Support Program to assist Western Australian regionally based and headquartered businesses to improve their competitiveness and/or capacity to service the resources industry and the public sector market.
The Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) is designed to support projects which will assist small-to-medium manufacturing and service companies based and headquartered in regional Western Australia to pre-qualify, or increase their competitiveness, as suppliers of products, services and works to State Government agencies and resource projects in Australia
Applicants can claim up to 50 per cent of approved eligible expenditure to a maximum of $20,000. The payment of the State Government’s contribution under the Industry Facilitation and Support Program – Regional Round will only be made to a successful applicant following the submission to the Department of written evidence that the activity has been completed and paid for.
The following activities are eligible for funding:
- Temporary expert assistance for prequalification
- Improvements to internal business infrastructure
- Specialist training
Applications will be collectively assessed on a monthly basis from 15 November 2012. This monthly process will continue until the funds for this program has been fully committed, at which time the program will be closed.
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