What is the Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Round?
The Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Round is a program to assist Western Australian SMEs seeking to manufacture PPE. The round is open to businesses who currently manufacture PPE or those who realistically aspire to do so.
The Local Capability Fund (LCF) is a funding program under the Industry Facilitation Scheme (The Scheme). The Scheme is an approved guideline under section 10 of the Industry and Technology Development Act 1998.
The objective of the LCF is to provide Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with funding support to enhance their capacity, capability and competitiveness to supply major projects and markets in Australia and overseas.
The emphasis of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Manufacturing Round will be on securing potential local manufacture of certain PPE items.
The objectives of the Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Round include:
- Meeting critical market needs
- Improving the applicant’s capability and capacity to service the PPE market, including the purchase of plant and equipment
- Meeting the regulatory requirements to supply the market
- Overcoming barriers and constraints to participate in the market
- Staff training and upskilling
- Job creation
- Improving overall applicant competitiveness
The level of funding support under the PPE Manufacturing Round is based on a sliding scale between 50% and 90% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $500,000 (excluding GST) per successful applicant.
Applications under this round must relate to the manufacture of the following PPE items:
- hand sanitisers
- safety glasses
- face visors
External expertise for the purpose of:
- Business, market and strategic planning
- Improvements to internal business infrastructure / systems – This includes, but is not limited to:
- Production systems
- Transportation and distribution systems
- IT and communication systems
- Implementation and certification of national and international standards and management systems
- Meeting the regulatory requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
- Operational and other activities identified as necessary to meet the regulatory requirements of the target market
- Training – this includes, but is not limited to:
- Up-skilling of employees that leads to enhanced productivity
- Training that accelerates Australian Apprenticeship/Traineeship completion rates
- Travel and accommodation costs associated with training – where local options are not available
- Costs involved in bringing registered trainers to deliver local group training
Plant and Equipment – This includes, but is not limited to:
- Acquiring new equipment or machinery
- Modifying existing, equipment or machinery
- Upgrades or expansions to business operating facilities
- Specialised computer hardware and software e.g. tender management software; computer aided drafting; project management software linked to a specific outcome and to raise capability; on-line sales systems
Businesses, whether they are current suppliers or new to the PPE market, are eligible to apply. Applicant businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Have an Australian Company Number (ACN) or an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be solvent
- Have operating facilities based in Western Australia and that will continue to be based in WA at least for the next 12 months
- Have been trading for at least 3 years
- Have fewer than 200 employees (although JTSI will reserve the right to support businesses with more than 200 employees on a case-by-case basis and depending on specific circumstances)
- Can demonstrate the long-term viability of the proposed PPE manufacturing initiative (e.g. via an independent feasibility study)
- Both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations may apply
Applications close 30 October 2020.