Southern New South Wales businesses get their chance to jump on board with Inland Rail

Southern New South Wales businesses have begun their journey towards benefiting from the upcoming Inland Rail rollout by attending the new ‘Pathway to Opportunities’ Supplier Capability Development Program run by the Inland Rail Skills Academy, with introductory workshops held in Albury, Wagga Wagga, and Parkes this month.

Attendees at the ‘Pathway to Opportunities’ Supplier Capability Development Program in Albury, July 2023

Around 70 local businesses, including 15 First Nations businesses, attended the first workshops that help businesses understand how to potentially secure future work on the Inland Rail program.

The workshops included a presentation by Jason Manttan, Inland Rail Supply Chain Manager, technical sessions hosted by Deborah Wilson Consulting Services and experts in major project supply chain development, as well as interactive one-on-one and group support and networking.

The program will be delivered across five workshops over nine months, with one-on-one mentoring support available to participating businesses in between.

Future sessions will assist participants understand how to prepare compliant tender submissions, meet project compliance requirements, and manage contracts for work on major projects and within regional supply chains.

Businesses interested in participating in future workshops are encouraged to register their interest by visiting the registration page on the Inland Rail website.

Jason Manttan, Inland Rail Supply Chain Manager said:

‘Inland Rail projects spanning from Albury to Parkes present real opportunities for local and First Nations businesses to get involved.

‘It was fantastic to see such a great turn out at our first sessions, where local businesses were able to learn what it takes to supply to major projects across the region.

‘While we’re expecting to generate direct and indirect supply and job opportunities during construction, we’re also working to prepare communities for other project opportunities by helping to upskill local and First Nations businesses.

‘Local businesses are crucial to regional communities and to the delivery of Inland Rail. Supporting them to build their capability will not only help them embark on new endeavours, but it will help drive positive change and boost employment along the alignment’.