The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation is rolling out a series of forums across regional Western Australia helping businesses compete for State Government contracts, worth more than $30 billion per year.
The Department said the WA Industry Link Regional Communication Forums, launched in 2019, were part of a plan to boost economies and create jobs in the regions.
It said the first forum was held in Bunbury with more to follow in all nine regions.
Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Roger Cook said the Forums gave small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) the opportunity to hear from Government Agencies about local contract opportunities in their region.
“This will help them gain a better understanding of how to benefit from the State’s estimated annual $30 billion spend on goods, services and works,” Mr Cook said.
“SMEs will receive information related to Government initiatives, including the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the updated Buy Local Policy 2020 and the Local Capability Fund.”
The Minister said the Forums had been a key factor in helping to promote the Government’s commitment to supporting the regional economy.
“Businesses gain a better understanding of how to compete for the pipeline of contracts available in their region, learn how to access funding and tap into the State Government’s support networks available to them,” he said.
Mr Cook said the Forums would include speakers from the Departments of Finance, and Training and Workforce Development.
More information on the Forums can be accessed at this PS News link.