The Western Australian Government is investing $4.5 million into the Regional New Industries Fund to grow the competitiveness of Western Australia’s regions through innovation, business growth and job creation.

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Regional New Industries Fund

The State Government is committed to building regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven to create sustainable job opportunities for regional people.

The State Government’s Regional New Industries Fund will allocate $4.5 million across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives. The program comprises of two allocations: a Regional Stream and a State Network Stream. Funding totals $4.5 million over four years.

Apply now

Applications open on 3 October 2018

Apply now via SmartyGrants, an independent, online grant processing portal.

For more information on how applications will be evaluated, please download the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions. Applications may be made at any time, there is currently no set closing date.

You can also contact Pilbara Development Commission Director Economic Development, Land and Infrastructure Justin Fromm at or call 08 6551 7513.

Regional Stream

The Regional Stream will seed local initiatives that build a communities innovation pipeline and drive long term impact. Up to $300,000 is available to each region.

State Network Stream

The State Network Stream will fund projects that increase connectivity and build capability across regions, the state and to international markets. In particular, the stream priorities initiatives that enable technology development, service innovation and market access.

Pilbara Regional Innovation Partnership

The Commission established a Regional Innovation Partnership to support and develop projects through idea sharing, collaborating and network building. The Partnership consists of a broad range of stakeholders with interest in promoting innovation in the Pilbara. Collectively, the Partnership contributed to the development of the Pilbara Innovation Roadmap at two workshops held in April 2018 and subsequent consultation.

Register your interest

Any regionally-based organisation or individual interested in innovation and business development is encouraged to register to their interest with us by contacting Director Economic Development, Land and Infrastructure Justin Fromm at or call 08 6551 7513, or by completing the Registration of Interest form.

You can also join the conversation online #WAinnovation.

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