The program will begin this month after the State Government announced it will commit $A150,000.
Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said the extension of the Government’s Regional Industry Link program would offer more jobs for Victorians employed by small and medium businesses across the state.
“The pilot connected 3,000 businesses from 26 regional and rural councils to $A9 billion worth of private and public building projects across Victoria during its 18-month trial period,” Ms Allan said.
“Such projects included the Goldfields Superpipe, Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project and the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project.
“As a result of the links, regional Victorian businesses participating in the pilot were able to secure $A15 million in contracts and generate 250 jobs on top of their regular business.”
Small to medium businesses can sign up to Regional Industry Link online for their share of support in securing contracts on Victoria’s major infrastructure projects.
In 2009, the program also supported the Mortlake Power Station and the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant.