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Commonwealth/State agreement to benefit Victorian industry



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JOMT G1EDI1A STATEMENT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 1991 55/91

COMMONWEALTH/STATE AGREEMENT TO BENEFIT VICTORIAN INDUSTRY

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The National Industry Extension Service (NIES) partnership between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments has been renewed for

another four years.

The agreement was signed in Melbourne today by the Victorian Minister for Manufacturing and Industry Development, Mr David White, and the Federal Minister for Small Business and Customs, Mr

David Beddall. -

■.".The Commonwealth Government has provided Victoria with more than $16-million of direct funding under NIES since its inception in

1986 ," Mr Beddall said..

"This agreement guarantees the next four years of this important co-operative effort between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. ■

"Assistance programs delivered through NIES are assisting Victorian manufacturers and other trade-exposed enterprises to successfully meet new competition in the international market place," he said.

Mr White said that Victorian industry had accepted the challenge of boosting exports and import replacements, and that NIES. programs were helping .them meet the challenges of the 1990s. · . '

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"Through NIES we provide subsidies to firms to undertake business plans, develop better quality management procedures, undertake workplace reform, and train senior management in world competitive

manufacturing," Mr White said. .

According to Mr White, more than 250 Victorian firms received . grants under NIES programs in 1989-90, and more were assisted with advice and information.

"Since 1986 over 750 Victorian firms have received NIES grants to help implement programs to-improve their competitiveness," he said' .

Mr White cited the ANZAC Frigates Project as an example of the importance of NIES programs to Victorian industry.

"Defence contract work requires the highest quality standards. NIES quality programs are helping. Victorian firms qualify to tender for contracts being let by AMECON as part"of the ANZAC Frigates Project," he said..

Mr White said his Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development and the Small Business Development Corporation received more than 3,000 enquiries a month from business people.

NIES provides firms with information and assistance aimed at enterprise improvement in areas such as manufacturing technologies, design, quality, human resources, and strategic and business planning. ’

A NIES Business Office has been established in the Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development to direct enquiries to the most appropriate programs and agencies. The office is located on the 6th floor, 228.Victoria Parade, East Melbourne 3002. Telephone

(03) 412 8142. .

CANBERRA ‘ . ' Contact: ; . · ·

Mr White's Office Michael Harvey

(03) 412 8333

Mr Beddall's Office Phil Steven (06) 277 7080