- 20 local businesses will share in more than $415,000 for defence and naval shipbuilding
- Up to $25,000 in matched funding for small, medium-sized businesses has been allocated in Round 2 of the Defence Sector IFSP grants
A Balcatta company which uses high-tech 3D, facial recognition and infrared scanning drone technology to detect weapons and defects on navy vessels is among a group of 20 local businesses to receive defence grants from the Liberal National Government.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the grants aimed to improve the competitive advantage of businesses vying to be part of the Australian Government's $89 billion naval shipbuilding and maintenance program, and broader defence initiatives.
"The Australian Government's major investment in naval build programs offers WA businesses specialising in naval defence shipbuilding, cyber security and drone technology an opportunity to become part of a significant procurement supply chain," Mr Mischin said.
"The dollar-for-dollar funding provided by Round 2 of the Defence Sector Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP) will help small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with cyber innovation initiatives and defence-related drone projects.
"Specifically, this second round of defence funding will go towards software and equipment purchase and upgrades, marketing and business plans, support for accreditation, testing and training.
"The additional investment will enable SMEs to engage with the market, undertake important planning and raise their profile, ultimately leading to defence contract opportunities.
"The Liberal National Government is supporting WA businesses to secure defence industry work and is committed to further growing the industry and securing local jobs for decades to come."
The Minister said the initial defence round of the IFSP committed $350,000 to 15 SMEs, with six of those businesses reporting that the funding resulted in more than $9 million in contract awards and 14 new employment opportunities, including seven apprenticeships.
- Full list of grant recipients below
- Since 2011, nine IFSP rounds across a range of sectors have committed $4.4 million to 257 SMEs. This has led to more than $343 million in contract awards and 658 new employment opportunities, including 80 apprenticeships
- Of the 20 successful grant recipients of the Defence Sector IFSP Round 2 announced today, 14 SMEs currently supply to the defence sector while six businesses are seeking to enter the industry
- For more information, visit https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/IFSP and http://www.aidn.org.au/State-Groups/WA
Minister's office - 6552 5600
Successful grant applicants of the Defence Sector IFSP grants - Round 2
- ACT Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd (City Beach) - $25,000 for hazard awareness training provision, online promotions and exhibition support
- Allgo Engineering (Naval Base) - $10,553 for machinery upgrades
- Aussie Fluid Power (AFP) Pty Ltd (North Coogee) - $25,000 for certification and equipment procurement
- Blacktree Technology Pty Ltd (Kalamunda) - $18,863 to purchase testing equipment
- Cyber Technology (WA) Pty Ltd (Sci.Aero) (Balcatta) - $25,000 to test a variety of digital equipment
- Future Engineering (Welshpool) - $17,280 to prepare business development and marketing plans
- Hoseco WA Pty Ltd (Midvale) - $25,000 to purchase a laser engraver
- IKAD Engineering Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $25,000 to develop a strategic marketing plan and improve a CRM system.
- International Maritime Consultants (IMC) Pty Ltd (Fremantle) - $9,005 to upgrade computer server infrastructure
- K & L Ward Family Trust (Award Signs (WA) Pty Ltd (Bellevue) - $25,000 for strategic business development and marketing
- Legeneering (Aust) Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $25,000 to purchase a super computer, hand laser scanner and laptop
- Overflow Industrial (Bunbury) - $17,772 to purchase a thermal imaging camera, software, printers and mobile workshop
- Pedco Engineering Pty Ltd (Welshpool) - $19,577 to purchase a project management system, upgrade existing operations management system and conduct a re-certification audit
- ScafWest Pty Ltd (Landsdale) - $25,000 to implement a marketing plan and purchase stretcher stairs
- Secure Systems Limited (Balcatta) - $25,000 for high speed computer interface design and scope
- UVS Pty Ltd (Bibra Lake) - $10,568 to purchase enterprise composite 3D printers
- Watmarine Engineering Pty Ltd (Naval Base) - $25,000 for marketing, business planning, tender development support, HSE accreditation and OSH systems
- Wiltrading STACE Defence Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $18,379 to purchase a pallet wrapping machine, work scheduling software and develop marketing and business plans
- WOMA (Australia) Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $25,000 for website upgrades, enhancing CRM software; and to purchase new software, a lift and a laptop
- Zipform Pty Ltd (Canning Vale) - $20,080 to analyse, assess and implement accreditation recommendations.