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RCCIWA Impact Survey 5 Now Open - Closes Friday June 26th

RCCIWA COVID-19 Regional Impact Survey  is now open. They will continue conducting this survey every 3 to 4 weeks so we can gain a continuing understanding of the economic impacts of COVID 19 on our regional businesses.

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Australian Government Support

The Australian Government has committed more than $4.7 million to provide small regional businesses affected by COVID-19 with access to free and confidential financial counselling. 

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EMDG pre-lodgement period now open

Good news! You can now access the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) application form to start completing the 2020 grant year applications.

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RDA Kimberley Supporting Communities during COVID-19

Since late March, RDA Kimberley have attended regular teleconferences with the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories to provide first-hand insights into how our local community is coping and the impact and effectiveness of Government response measures. 

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Containers for Change to launch 1 October!

It’s official: Containers for Change is launching across WA on 1 October! That’s right! You read that correctly, we are back in action! COVID-19 may have delayed us but it won’t keep us down. WA is now just 18 weeks away from having a brand-new recycling program, which gives you the chance to earn cash and make real environmental change at the same time! Containers for Change lets you cash in eligible drink containers for 10c each at any authorised Refund Point across WA. Whether you’re keen to earn a bit of extra cash, raise money for your local sports club or even donate to your favourite charity, Containers for Change provides a way!

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COSBOA Small Business Relief Fund are now open

These funds are aimed at supporting initiatives by small businesses as they adapt and innovate to emerge from this challenging period in a strong position. Such initiatives could include: re-purposing or re-modelling workspace, redesigning your business processes, new approaches to marketing, creating a new or upgraded digital presence, acquiring new software or equipment for a specialised service, or anything else that is aimed at securing or growing your business into the future.

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Procurement changes to help boost local businesses

-Changes to procurement of goods and services contracts -Further measures to be implemented for works procurement following the commencement of the Procurement Bill 2020 -Measures to stimulate the economy by reducing red tape for local businesses to do more Government work Changes to take effect from June 2, 2020  The Government is implementing procurement changes for goods and services contracts to give Western Australian businesses a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes, to take effect from June 2, 2020, will make it easier for government agencies to award and extend goods and services contracts with local businesses. 

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My Business Health

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health webinar for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus.

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Government slashes red tape to support local businesses and State's economic recovery

The new Act was developed following the Service Priority Review and the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, which both identified the current procurement framework as complex, fragmented and inefficient, causing frustration to small and local businesses.

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