Australian water and clean technology firms will have the opportunity to work together with the assistance of an experienced Supplier Advocate to identify new customers and business opportunities.
The Industry Capability Teams will bring together Australian SMEs with complementary skills to increase their competitiveness both at home and abroad. Teams will be industry led and determine their own goals.
“The Capability Teams will be driven by industry – pursuing goals that business puts on the agenda,” said Innovation Minister Kim Carr.
“This is a key initiative of the Government’s Supplier Advocate Program, helping firms work together to access opportunities.”
By joining a Capability Team, Australian water and clean technologies firms can benefit from joint marketing, collaborative bids for larger projects and increased exposure to domestic and international customers through the skills and assistance of a Supplier Advocate.
Water Supplier Advocate Bob Herbert is working to establish the teams. “The Capability Teams will lead to greater opportunities among local suppliers for new and larger projects,” Herbert said.
“The aim is for team members to increase sales and better promote Australian products, technologies and services, ultimately making our water and clean technology industries more competitive.”
The Capability Teams are an initiative of the Australian Government’s Clean Technology Focus for Supply Chains program and part of a $50 million support package for Australian firms at home and abroad. They will be developed in partnership with peak industry bodies, waterAUSTRALIA and Australian CleanTech.
National workshops will be held in October and November to seek firms’ participation and input into the priorities for the Capability Teams.