About the roadshow

Minister Stephen Dawson is embarking on this investment and trade mission to strengthen strategic connections with the United States of America. 

This US Connect 2024 mission will attract new, and bolster existing opportunities as Western Australia officially enters the market with a physical office presence; activate several key priority sectors to enable in-market follow-up and continuity through the newly established Invest and Trade Western Australia Americas Hub. 

Our Austin office

The capital of Texas, Austin has emerged as a hub for technology and innovation in the US. Similarly, WA is set to become a renowned global hub of invention, investment, innovation and impact, with a thriving digital tech and innovation industry.

WA Investment and Trade Commissioner for the Americas Natasha Monks will oversee operations at the Austin hub, strengthening WA-USA relationships while exploring new opportunities for WA businesses looking to expand into the region.

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The purpose of this mission is to strengthen government-to-government and industry relations and activate key priority sectors of Advanced Tech and Innovation, Energy Transition, Health and Medical Life Sciences, Creative and Cultural Industries and First Nations Entrepreneurship, Defence, Space and Tourism.

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Western Australia and Texas are pivotal leaders in energy production and resource sector innovation. By attracting new, and bolstering existing opportunities the newly established Invest and Trade Americas Hub will be able to enable in-market follow-up and continuity.

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The USA Roadshow Connect, will come to a close with South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. This year, Western Australia artists and performers - Inkabee and Flewnt - will be showcased to conference delegates, dignitaries and VIPs.

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Artist Buffie Punch is an Aboriginal woman of the Noongar Nation born in Albany, Western Australia with family connections in Gnowangerup, a small town in the region. Buffie experiments with a variety of different mediums often using Aboriginal symbols to portray a story or narrative. Using her art as a platform for storytelling, Buffie creates commissioned pieces both digital and acrylic on canvas.

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Bart Pigram is a Yawu­ru man from Broom in the West Kim­ber­ley region of north­west Aus­tralia. He has a passion for telling the complete story of life in Broome and draws on knowledge gained from living a saltwater lifestyle as well as professional training as a curator. He is the founder and owner of Narlijia Experiences Broome.


Kirrikin is where luxury clothing accessories meet contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Each piece features exclusive designs inspired by Aboriginal artwork, traditions, culture, and a deep connection to the land. 

The aboriginal word "Kirrikin" holds a special meaning that translates roughly to "Sunday's best clothes." 

As an Indigenous registered business, they are dedicated to supporting our Aboriginal communities. With every purchase, a percentage of the proceeds directly benefits the featured Indigenous Australian artist involved in the design.

We have incorporated Kirrikin's artwork (left) in our US Connect 2024 collateral. It is called "Boodja", meaning Country. It has been created by a local Western Australian artist, Buffie Punch, for Kirrikin to showcase the beautiful wildflowers found in the South of Western Australia.  

Why Western Australia

We are the world’s largest lithium producer and our green hydrogen industry has significant potential to be part of the new clean energy landscape.

Boasting a world-class medical research base this sector has outstanding research infrastructure, skilled workforce and entrepreneurial talent.

We are an ideal for product and technology development, translation and testing. From prototypes to clinical trials, sandboxes to early-stage startups.

Get in touch

If you are looking for opportunities in business, investment or trade, contact our experienced team at Invest and Trade WA.

Our in-house experts can support you directly and provide referrals or introductions across our network of overseas offices, industry bodies and government agencies.


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