Information about public servants' skills and experience will be compiled to assist industry gain access to overseas trade markets.
The information will be used to encourage the 'cross-fertilisation' of skills available in the public and private sectors.
Minister with Special Responsibility for Trade Gordon Hill told a seminar in Perth today that it had already been shown such a 'mix' of skills could be valuable in obtaining overseas projects.
Mr Hill said the Department of State Development would develop the database on public servants' skills.
He was addressing a seminar of the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, which was opened by Federal Minister for Trade and Overseas Development John Kerin.
AIDAB manages all aspects of Australia's aid program to developing countries.
Mr Hill said the benefits of aid programs were two-fold. The developing country was assisted in a material way and countries such as Australia could secure good commercial opportunities to provide goods and services.
"Western Australia faces a number of disadvantages not confronted by other States," he said.
"The main ones are our low population base and our distance from decision-making centres.
"But it is precisely because of our remoteness and low population that we are more inclined than other States to look for overseas markets."
Mr Hill said figures to be released later today showed just how successful Western Australia had been in overcoming those disadvantages.