Skilled Western Australian companies will soon learn how the west coast can win the battle for a greater share of defence contracts.
A one-day conference, called Defence Business is Moving West, offers to teach them the latest in government and defence thinking and how defence policy will influence business opportunities in the West.
It will be held at the Sheraton Perth Hotel on December 2 and will feature Defence Minister Robert Ray as a keynote speaker.
The conference is part of a stepped-up promotion by the Department of State Development to encourage local companies to bid for defence work which could be worth about $3 billion over the next decade.
It will interest defence suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and businesses seeking to support Australian defence and the capital equipment procurement process.
Part of State Development's promotional armoury is a new bi-monthly newsletter publicising the expertise of local companies working on defence contracts.
The glossy, full-colour publication's circulation of 4,000 includes Federal Government defence agencies and departments, armed forces chiefs and relevant manufacturers and service suppliers.
It is also being mailed to local governments covering the coastal districts of Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham, which will service the growing west coast fleet.
"I believe many small to medium-size companies in Western Australia have loads of potential to bid successfully for highly specialised, niche defence work," State Development Minister Ian Taylor said.
"Some which have acquired internationally acclaimed skills in resource engineering and electronics could well be ideal candidates.
"Our objective through such activities as the newsletter and conference is to encourage them and show that we have the know-how and that local companies are already involved in various defence projects."
Further details are available from Mr Jim Kendal, Department of State Development (09) 327 5456.