Eco Innovator November 2011

Government Policy

Help for Water and Cleantech Industries

Australian water and clean technology firms will soon have an experienced Supplier Advocate to help them identify new customers and business opportunities.

Industry Capability Teams now being formed will bring together small and medium enterprises that have complementary skills to increase their competitiveness here and overseas. By joining a Capability Team, water and cleantech firms can benefit from joint marketing, collaborative bidding for larger projects, and increased exposure to domestic and international customers through the assistance of a Supplier Advocate.

Water Supplier Advocate Bob Herbert, who is is working to establish the teams, said "The Capability Teams will lead to greater opportunities among local suppliers for new and larger projects. 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 part of the Australian Government's Clean Technology Focus for Supply Chains program and a $50 million support package for SMEs. They will be developed in partnership with industry bodies waterAUSTRALIA and Australian CleanTech.

"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."

National workshops now underway seek participation and input into priorities for the Capability Teams. Companies can register their interest at for the water capability teams and for the clean technologies teams. More information on Supplier Advocates is at






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