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Western Australia 6530

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Local Content Program

The Mid West Development Commission has a strong commitment to diversifying the region's economic base, growth of business and entrepreneurship, retaining, attracting and developing skilled people and maximising local jobs. To support this focus, the State Government has launched a Local Content Program to maximise the participation of regional industry in regional contracting opportunities.

Recognising that it can often be challenging for businesses to access and engage as a supplier, Local Content Advisers have been appointed in each Regional Development Commission to take a lead role in promoting supply opportunities and facilitating regional business capability and growth. At a regional level, Local Content Advisers work with a range of stakeholders including government, industry groups and local businesses to tailor activities to respond to the unique requirements of their communities.

The Mid West Regional Development Commission Local Content Adviser aims to:

  • Connect local businesses to supply opportunities in the region.

  • Enabling regional business to be competitive in regional procurement processes

  • Inform the design of government procurement activities to maximise local business participation

Local Content Adviser

Local Content Advisers are available to provide advisory and referral services to businesses in regional areas. Their focus is on helping support regional businesses compete for State Government supply opportunities. This role is an essential component of the WA Industry Link initiative under the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017.

Your Local Content Adviser can assist with: 

  • Understanding how to sell to Government

  • Find assistance to build supply chain capability and capacity

  • Identify upcoming government supply opportunities

  • Identify State and Federal Government financial assistance programs

  • Understand your rights and responsibilities under the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy

  • Facilitate connecting head contractors with subcontractors

  • Participate in productivity and business capability activities

For further information, contact the Mid West Development Commission Local Content Adviser Gary Savill on +61 (0)8 9956 8589.

WA Industry Link

WA Industry Link provides businesses in particular small and medium sized enterprises with more opportunity to compete for State Government contracts. The WA Industry Link initiative comprises of the Western Australian Participation Strategy, the Industry Link Advisory Service, regionally based Local Content Advisers and a web portal. The Local Content Advisers work in collaboration with the Department of Jobs, Science and Innovation to deliver the WA Industry Link initiative in the regions. For more information and to access a range of resources refer to WA Industry Link.

Connecting to Local Opportunities

Your Local Content Adviser will help develop, promote and maximise opportunities for local businesses, contractors and jobseekers in the regions by connecting to relevant government, industry, businesses, Aboriginal corporations, employment and training stakeholders.

Local Content – Local Opportunities

The Mid West Local Content Advisor aim to promotes scheduled major upcoming contracts in the region to support early identification of opportunities to local business and industry. This maximises the time for the market to consider and prepare competitive bids. 

A snapshot of the scheduled projects in the region includes:

  • Main Roads new office facility, Geraldton (2019)

  • Mental health step up/step down facility, Geraldton (2019)

  • Geraldton Health Campus major refurbishment (2019–2021)

  • Square Kilometre Array access road, Murchison (2019)

State Government 

Western Australian government departments use TendersWA to advertise their public requests and publish contract award information. To register as a supplier, Register Your Business to enter your details. Select the products/services that relate to your industry. This will enable your business to access the range of tender opportunities across the Mid West and the rest of the state. To access a range of State Government tender platforms and register as a supplier refer to Western Australian Government Opportunities on the WA Industry Link website.

Local Government

To access a range of Local Government tender platforms and register as a supplier refer to Local Government Opportunities on the WA Industry Link website.

Federal Government

To access a range of Federal Government tender platforms and register as a supplier refer to Federal Government Opportunities on the WA Industry Link website.

Building Local Capability

State Government has in place a range of financial and advisory programs to help businesses build capability, capacity and competitiveness in the supply chain. Local Content Advisers promote these programs and support local businesses to access these opportunities. 

WA Industry Link Portal

WA Industry Link is an online source of information on how local businesses can maximise their opportunity to supply to government. The portal offers businesses and agencies a range of useful information and resources including advice and programs to build capability.

Local Capability Programs

There are a number of local providers that can assist businesses in a number of ways;

Local Capability Fund

There are currently two rounds of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) available to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Western Australia to increase their capability and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to the State Government, major projects and other important markets.

  • Regional Aboriginal Business round is a State Government initiative to help competitive regionally-based Aboriginal businesses to better prepare to participate as suppliers of products, services and works to State, Federal or Local Government agencies and the private sector.

  • Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) – LCF round will focus on competitive SMEs in Western Australia who are seeking to specifically enhance their capabilities, increase their competitiveness and better prepare to participate as suppliers of products, services and works to Western Australian State Government agencies, Government Trading Entities and Local Government – the market.