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Contacts and industry grant funding

Local industry and grant funding opportunities

The Local Content Advisors (LCA) are employed by the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development. They have been appointed to support industry and businesses in achieving the objectives of the WAIPS and the Aboriginal Procurement Policy.  Local Content Advisors can assist with:

  • Understanding how to sell to government entities
  • 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

The LCAs are an excellent resource of Local Industry.

Please contact your Regional LCA for more information on how they can assist.

Your local Chamber of Commerce and Industry may have its own strategies to support local and Aboriginal business. We strongly recommend you join the local chamber and enjoy the benefits!

Visit the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia website to search for your local regional chamber’s details.

Four new rounds of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) have opened for 2019-20: Aboriginal Business, the Future Battery Industry and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) and METRONET Railcar Procurement.

The purpose of the LCF is 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 Western Australian State Government, major projects and other important markets.

New Industries and Regional New Industries Fund

The State Government's Regional New Industries Fund will provide grants across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives.

Visit https://www.newindustries.wa.gov.au/

Development Commission 

The objectives of the Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) are to: maximise job creation and improve career opportunities in the region; develop and broaden the economic base of the region; identify infrastructure services needed to promote economic and social development within the region; provide information and advice to promote business development within the region; seek to ensure that the general standard of government services and access to those services in the region is comparable to that which applies in the metropolitan area; and generally take steps to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the economic development in the region.

There are nine Regional Development Commissions with 21 offices in Western Australia which can be found on their website. 

Small Business Development Corporation WA

The WA Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) has a team of business advisers who provide free information, advice and guidance to business intenders and those already operating a small business in WA. The SBDC’s services include:

  • free and low cost workshops
  • one-to-one advice
  • online business licence and permit finder
  • business planning templates to download
  • commercial tenancy support
  • dispute resolution
  • virtual networking group

The SBDC also provides commercial tenancy advice and support to resolve business disputes.

Visit their website for more information. 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business support and economic development organisations

Supply Nation works to connect its’ database of Indigenous businesses with the 411 paid corporate, government and not-for-profit members in every state and territory. Horizon Power is one of these members! Joining Supply Nation as an Indigenous business can be the gateway to connecting with the procurement team’s of Australia’s largest organisations. Listing on Australia’s largest directory is always 100% free.

Get registered or certified on Supply Nation in order to work for Horizon Power and access more opportunities. Registration is free and easy. Visit their website or phone 1300 055 298.

ABDWA is a free service providing Aboriginal business in WA with an opportunity to promote their products and services to potential buyers from government and private organisations. ABDWA is managed and maintained by CCI's Industry Capability Network of WA through ProjectConnect.

Visit their website or phone (08) 9365 7735.

IBA is a commercially focused organisation with a vision to create a nation in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are economically independent and an intergal part of the economy. IBA’s services include:

Help you own your own home 
Loans and financial services – affordable, simple and personalised. So you can take ownership of your home and your future.

Help you start or grow a business 
Business Finance and partnerships – from big ideas through to making them happen, we can provide the right mix of products, services, advice, networks and capability.

Help you invest in your future 
Focused on making a strong, positive impact with a portfolio that provides responsible financial returns and a whole lot more for communities and partners.

Visit their website for more information. 

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC)
https://ymac.org.au/  

YMAC is the native title representative body for the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. YMAC is run by an Aboriginal Board of Directors to protect Yamatji and Marlpa country. YMAC do this by providing a range of professional services to our clients; the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia including community and economic development projects.

Wunan Foundation
http://wunan.org.au/

Wunan is an Aboriginal development organisation in the East Kimberley, with a clear purpose and strategy to drive long-term socio-economic change for Aboriginal people by providing real opportunities, investing in people’s abilities, and by encouraging and rewarding aspiration and self-responsibility.

Wunan facilitates long term and sustainable change by focusing on our strategic priorities:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Accommodation & housing
  • Welfare reform
  • Leadership
  • Health

Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation
http://www.dambimangari.com.au/  

Most Dambimangari people live in the Kimberley town of Derby or the nearby settlement of Mowanjum, where the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation manages health, education and social support programs. The Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation provides:

  • Business development;
  • Employment and training initiatives;
  • Subsidised medical and health services;
  • Education support and collaboration with tertiary education campuses;
  • Household goods for Dambimangari people; and
  • Funding for hardship relief.

Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation 
http://emamanguda.org.au/

Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC) is a not-for-profit, Aboriginal Community based and managed charitable organisation, which has been operating in the Derby/Malarabah region of the Kimberley in Western Australia. The main objectives of ENAC is to manage its own affairs on its own land by supporting education, job training, employment, housing, individual, family and community wellbeing services to keep and renew its traditional culture.

Morrgul
http://morrgul.com.au

Morrgul is a Broome-based organisation offering business development and ongoing business support to Aboriginal people. Morrgul services are provided at no cost to community members with the ability and motivation to start their own business.

Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation 
https://www.mww.org.au/ 

Marra Worra Worra's focus is to work with Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wangkatjungka, Walmajarri and Nyikina to strengthen culture, support community and create sustainable solutions for the Valley. Marra Worra Worra provide a number of support services including housing, employment, community development and other elements connected to self determination.

Nirrimbuk Aboriginal Corporation (Djaringo) Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
http://www.djaringo.org.au/  

Djaringo is an Aboriginal owned RTO and the training arm of Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation (NAC).  It provides training and education opportunities in the Kimberley region. Djaringo offers a range of nationally accredited courses for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation
http://winunngari.org.au/

Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation (WNAC) is a community development provider for remote Aboriginal communities in West Kimberley. In addition to serving communities in and around Derby, WNAC serve several remote communities located along the Gibb River Road, and Looma (including surrounding communities). The support WNAC provides to remote communities differs from community to community, however services include enterprise and business development, employment and training, health and well-being and governance and administration.

Pilbara Aboriginal Corporations and Enterprises (PACE)
https://pace.org.au/

PACE is an active collaboration of a broad range of Pilbara Aboriginal organisations. PACE works to improve economic diversity, build partnerships, improve services and influence Government and industry policy. PACE members also work together to undertake research and promote the interests of Aboriginal people, communities and families.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC)
https://ymac.org.au/

YMAC is the native title representative body for the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. YMAC is run by an Aboriginal Board of Directors to protect Yamatji and Marlpa country. YMAC do this by providing a range of professional services to our clients; the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia including community and economic development projects.

Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC)
www.enac.com.au

Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation is a land management corporation established to manage land handed back to the traditional owners of the local Nyungar Community. It develops the properties it manages, sponsors and contributes to projects for the benefit of the Nyungar community, provides cultural awareness education and runs a gallery and shop. It participates in and supports other Aboriginal and Community organisations in the facilitation of projects and activities for their mutual benefit, including partnerships in securing grant funding.

Esperance Tjaltjtaak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC)
www.etntac.com.au

Esperance Tjaltjaak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation is an incorporated organisation and a registered native title body corporate established to represent the traditional owners and their interests; and administers land and waters in the Esperance region on behalf of the Traditional Owners, the Esperance Nyungar People.

Iragul Aboriginal Corporation - Norseman
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Menzies Aboriginal Corporation
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Katampul Aboriginal Corporation (KAC)
Phone: (08) 9037 6900

KAC manages a small village of several families in the town of Leonora, north of Kalgoorlie. A shortage of housing led KAC to explore the option of renovating currently uninhabitable dwellings. In addition to better housing options, local people will also benefit from training opportunities in building and construction.

We will continue to update this page with information about organisations that support regional and Aboriginal businesses.