Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science

    Innovation fund to drive regional jobs

    7/03/2018 10:45 AM
    • $4.5 million regional New Industries Fund to supercharge innovation across regional Western Australia
    • Up to $300,000 available for projects in each region to drive job creation and innovation
    • $1.4 million available for inter-regional innovation projects 

    The McGowan Government today launched the $4.5 million regional component of the New Industries Fund to drive innovation, diversification and job creation across regional Western Australia.


    Up to $300,000 will be allocated to each of the nine regions for initiatives that build a regional innovation pipeline and drive job creation at a local level.


    The funding will target small-medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, organisations providing innovation support in the regions and transforming existing businesses to seize new industry opportunities.


    A further $1.4 million will be invested in inter-regional projects that drive collaboration between innovators across the State to promote economic diversification and job growth.


    Projects that could be considered under the inter-regional stream include technology development initiatives to support regional growth and development programs, and commercialisation support for regional start-ups and SMEs.


    Each region will establish a Regional Innovation Partnership to collaboratively identify strategic projects that have the greatest potential to grow regional communities.


    Submissions will be considered by an independent assessment panel who will make recommendations to the State Government on the allocation of funding.


    Organisations and businesses can register to join a Regional Innovation Partnership at http://www.newindustries.wa.gov.au. Roadshow briefings, to explain how the fund works, will be held in each region over the next two months. 


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Innovation is critical to building the capability and economic sustainability of our regional communities.


    "This funding will support our regions to develop their unique competitive advantages, focusing on developing new businesses and industries as well as helping existing businesses transform to meet the challenges of the 21st century."


    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:


    "Regional communities have some of the most innovative people in the world. As the world economy is disrupted by new technologies, it is important that regional Western Australia remains at the cutting edge.


    "The New Industries Fund will support businesses and communities in regional Western Australia to diversify the economy and create WA jobs."


    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100