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Industry centres to open soon

AUSTRALIAN Industry Productivity Centres (AIPC) are on track for a September opening following Friday’s announcement by Industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, of partner organisations to deliver the AIPC services to SMEs.

Macfarlane said the Industry Statement announced on 1 May this year is all about facilitating global integration of Australian industry. “And establishing productivity centre services across the country will be a key driver in achieving this.

“Thanks to $351.8m funding from the Australian Government over the next 10 years, these services will be dedicated to helping SMEs enhance their international competitiveness and improve their business performance.”

While there will be five productivity centres in Australia, one in each mainland state capital city, the partner organisations will ensure that the AIPC services will be available to all metropolitan and regional areas.

“The selection of these partner organizations will ensure widespread coverage of the SME sector and nationwide availability of services,” Macfarlane said.

“The centres will target trade exposed manufacturing and services firms with a turnover of $2m or more. They will provide a free diagnostic service to identify opportunities for firms to improve their performance, from which firms can then seek matching funding of up to $20,000 towards an AIPC specialist consultant to facilitate change.”

Macfarlane said that funding would be offered to ten organisations to engage 45 business advisers in metropolitan and regional locations around Australia, including:

• Australian Chamber Alliance (National)

• Australian Industry Group (National)

• The Improve Group (Queensland)

• Coastal Business Centre (WA)

• SA Centre for Innovation (SA)

• Industry Capability Network (Victoria)

• North Link/NIETL (Victoria)

• Geelong Manufacturing Council (Victoria)

• University of Western Sydney (NSW)

• University of South Australia (SA)

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