The WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forum headed to Kalgoorlie on October 6 as part of the Western Australian Government's ongoing commitment of supporting regional economies and creating jobs.
The State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Hon. Roger Cook addressed the forum, providing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with information about upcoming WA Government contract opportunities in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
The forums seek to inform regional SMEs of contracting opportunities and the range of initiatives that regional businesses can access in order to be better prepared when bidding to supply to the WA Government’s estimated annual $30 billion spend on goods, services and works
The packed room heard presentations from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (the department) about a number of WA Government policies including the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) and the Western Australian Buy Local Policy 2020. Both focus on delivering the Government’s expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers are maximised when it comes to supplying to Government including benefits to regional Western Australia.
The forums are also an important source of information on funding programs such as the department’s Local Capability Fund (LCF).
The Department of Finance provided attendees with information about upcoming project pipelines, how to access these contracts along with regional policy sourcing information.
To cover the State’s training and skilling initiative, the Department of Training and Workforce Development provided a detailed overview of programs that can be accessed by employers and those seeking to increase their range of skills.
The Industry Development division led Forums kicked off in Bunbury on July 21, and feature a total of 13 Forums across all nine regions over the next 12 months.
The next Regional Communication Forums will be held in Broome and Derby on October 13 and 14, with the final Forum for 2021 in Albany on 24 November.
Launched in 2019, the forums are part of the WA Government's commitment to boost regional economies and to both create and sustain jobs.
At the Kalgoorlie event, businesses also heard about the WA Industry Link Portal that contains the information that SMEs need in regards to the WAIPS, WA Buy Local Policy and the LCF.
For more information about upcoming Forum dates, locations and how to register, please visit our events page
Minister Cook said the Government wanted to local businesses to maximise the opportunities that State Government contracts worth more than $30 billion a year present to the regions.
"The Regional Communication Forums play a vital part in that process, creating more jobs for Western Australians, and strengthening our local communities,” he said.