Below you can find legislation, supporting policies and documents that enable industry development in Western Australia.

Industry and Technology Development Act 1988 (ITD Act)

The Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade has responsibility for the ITD Act which is enabling legislation that encourages, promotes, facilitates and assists in the development of industry, trade, science, technology and research in the State.

Western Australian Products Symbol Act 1972

The Minister for Commerce has responsibility for the Western Australian Products Symbol Act 1972 which is the enabling legislation that authorises the use of a prescribed symbol (the WA Birthmark symbol) to distinguish and promote the sale of products made in Western Australia.  

If you would like to discuss the use of the WA Birthmark symbol and/or to obtain a copy of the logo, please email:

Government Intellectual Property

The department works to promote and implement the effective management of intellectual property by Government agencies. It also facilitates the commercialisation of this intellectual property in conjunction with the business community

Encouraging Innovation by Government Agencies and Employees

To encourage best management practices and innovation across the Western Australian Government, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Industry, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, is developing a framework to encourage innovation. For details and progress email

Until the new framework is developed and approved, the existing Encouraging Innovation By Government Employees document continues to apply where an agency's legislation does not have explicit guidance.

Bio-discovery legislation

Globally molecules, chemicals and enzymes that derive from native flora, fauna and microbes are used to identify new pharmaceutical products, industrial chemicals or advanced materials. 

Significant work was undertaken by the Industry Development branch to progress bio-discovery legislation to enable discovery and commercialisation of new biologically derived products. 

Once progressed through Parliament, the legislation will play an important role in creating the business environment for this industry to grow, while continuing to protect the environment

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