Government initiatives

ICN is currently funded by the Australian Government to administer and manage the Supplier Access to Major Projects program. This program funding has concluded, however ICN will continue to adminster these grants up until completion.

Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP)

Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) saves companies time and money. It provides funds for our state offices to work with project developers to identify supply opportunities for capable and competitive Australian companies.

Since its inception in 1997, SAMP has provided more than $15.1 million for 147 grants. ICN estimates that under SAMP, Australian companies have won contracts valued at more than $4.2 billion for work that could have gone to overseas competitors.

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SAMP seeks to increase opportunities for Australian industry, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to participate in major projects and increase access to global supply markets for major projects. We administer SAMP on behalf of the Australian Government.

In 2009, the Australian Government announced its Australian Government Procurement Statement, which allocated an extra $8.5 million over four years to SAMP to target industry sectors offering significant opportunities and the sectors most likely to benefit from knowing more about Australian industry capabilities. ICN appointed National Sector Managers to coordinate ICN activities for rail, the National Broadband Network, health, clean technology, water, oil and gas, mining and steel.

In 2011, the Australian Government announced its Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative, which allocated an additional $4 million over four years to SAMP to provide opportunities for Australian industry participation in the resources sector.

Both the National Sector Manager program and SAMP funding have concluded.