The WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forums are heading back to regions this year, providing business with information about upcoming contract opportunities.
The focus of the forums are to provide information to small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs) around upcoming WA government contracts in their region.
The forums also ensure regional SMEs are in the box seat when bidding to supply to the WA Government’s estimated annual $30 billion spend on goods, services and works.
Regional businesses get to hear from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation about a number of WA Government policies like the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy and the revamped WA Buy Local Policy 2020. These policies help boost the regional economy and create opportunities for local businesses.
Details of upcoming project pipelines, how to access these contracts and the latest regional sourcing policy information will also be discussed, with speakers from both the Department of Finance and Department of Training and Workforce Development attending.
The forums are also an important source of information on the availability of WA Government initiatives like the Local Capability Fund (LCF).
The Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Roger Cook recently announced 3 new LCF rounds worth $2 million, to assist local businesses improve their capability, capacity and competitiveness to supply goods, services and works to the government, major projects and other important markets.
The forums kicked off in Bunbury on 21 July and the WA Government is expected to visit all nine regions in WA over the next 12 months.
Keep an eye on the our events page for upcoming forums.