Registrations are closing soon for an Australia-wide roadshow, which will give local businesses the chance to be a part of the Army’s biggest project.
Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Roadshow is big opportunity for local industry to pitch their capabilities to shortlisted tenderers.
“Land 400 Phase 3 will acquire and support up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to replace the M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and up to 17 Manoeuvre Support Vehicles,” said Mr Hastie.
Australian Industry Capability is pivotal to the LAND 400 program. Defence is working with shortlisted tenderers to maximise opportunities for Australian industry participation to deliver an optimum Australian Industry Capability under LAND 400 Phase 3.
Defence will conduct the national Roadshow in March and April 2020 with the two shortlisted tenderers, Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia, to facilitate opportunities for Australian industry involvement in the project. The roadshow is planned to be in Perth during the week commencing 23 March.
The roadshow will enable companies across Australia to showcase their capabilities and provide both shortlisted tenderers with the opportunity to identify local businesses able to contribute to their supply chains.
The meetings will provide local companies the opportunity to meet both Hanwha Defense Australia and Rheinmetall Defence Australia concurrently. Each local company will be allocated five minutes to deliver a pitch on their capabilities. This will be followed by five minutes for each of the shortlisted tenderers to ask questions of the companies offering.
“I encourage local companies to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly to Defence and the Land 400 Phase 3 tenderers about how they can support the project.”
“This is an opportunity for some of the fantastic small businesses we have here in Canning.”
Registrations to participate in the Roadshow close on 21 February 2020. For more information and to register, please visit:
The Morrison government will invest $60 million to trial a wage subsidy as an incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to employ more apprentices.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash said the trial would see up to 1,630 new Australian Apprentices in areas of skills needs.
“There are 3.3 million Australian small businesses which contribute around $395 billion annually to our economy. Small business plays a vital role in our community, from giving young Australians their first real job to supporting our local charities and sporting organisations,” Minister Cash said.
“Through this incentive we are securing the skills our regional and rural businesses need to remain competitive and give local students new opportunities at home.”
From 1 January 2019, the new subsidy under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP), will support eligible new Australian Apprentices in areas such as plumbing, mechanical, electrical, painting trades and hairdressing.
Toni Turner (left), owner of Madora Bay Glass, and their apprentice Harely (centre), with Andrew Hastie.
“Too often regional communities suffer from a lack of opportunity for young people, causing an exodus to the cities,” said Member for Canning Andrew Hastie.
“This trial is just one of the things the Coalition is doing to improve job opportunties for young people in the Peel region.”
“A VET qualification can unlock as many opportunities and is just as important to the economy as a university degree,” Mr Hastie continued.
“This investment is part of our Government’s commitment to vocational education and training that delivers the quality skilled workforce our community needs.”
Mr Hastie said that under the subsidy eligible employers in the City of Mandurah and Shires of Murray, Waroona and Boddington could receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rates.
“Subsidies will be provided at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year.”
The new wage subsidy will complement other incentives currently available through the AAIP and support the engagement of eligible new full-time apprentices at the Certificate III and IV levels in occupations on the National Skills Needs List in regional and rural communities.