Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says an automotive parts project is among six groups that will share in A$1.1 million ($884,868) through the government’s Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program.

Industry Capability Network Ltd., with the Australian Trade Commission, the Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers and government agencies in Victoria and South Australia, will get funding to continue promoting Australian capability and increase Australian supply opportunities overseas.

“Australian companies have so much to offer major projects, both in Australia and overseas, and it is often just a matter of connecting the right people,” Macfarlane says.

“SAMP helps make this happen by identifying opportunities for capable and competitive Australian companies to supply major projects.”

SAMP has a strong track record in linking the best of Australian suppliers, especially small- to medium-sized enterprises, with project opportunities.

“Since 1997, SAMP has helped Australian companies win contracts worth more than A$1.7 billion ($1.53 billion) for work which might otherwise have gone to overseas competitors.”