Dr Anthony Lynham


New Ethical Supplier Threshold for Queensland Government suppliers

New Ethical Supplier Threshold for Queensland Government suppliers

31 July, 2019 –

In 2017 the Palaszczuk Labor Government introduced the Buy Queensland Policy to support Queensland businesses and jobs, and ensure that State Government spending, as far as possible, benefited local communities.

Last financial year between 1 July 2018, and 31 March 2019, the State Government spent around $6.8 billion dollars with nearly 22,300 Queensland-located businesses around the State. Over 10,600 of these businesses were located outside the south-east corner.

Taxpayer dollars should be invested with suppliers who are ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible, uphold their contractual obligations, and abide by the law.

This is why, from 1 August 2019, suppliers to the Queensland Government must meet an Ethical Supplier Threshold.

The Threshold spells out that suppliers must abide by Queensland’s and Australia’s industrial relations and workplace health and safety laws, and engage and pay workers properly to get Queensland Government contracts.

The Threshold enhances our Buy Queensland Policy following the Queensland Parliament’s Wage Theft Inquiry Report.

The Ethical Supplier Mandate will apply to existing suppliers who do not abide by their contractual obligations or the law. They will attract demerit points, and ultimately will be banned from Queensland Government contracts, if it is proven they do not uphold their contractual obligations and abide by the law.

These enhancements to our Buy Queensland Policy will benefit suppliers, workers and the broader Queensland community by:

  • Ensuring suppliers are treated fairly and not exposed to undercutting and unjust competition
  • Making Queensland workplaces fairer and safer, and
  • Ensuring that Queensland taxpayers’ money is used ethically to build our local economy and support local jobs.

To find out more go to: www.qld.gov.au/buyqueensland

Useful resources

Ethical Supplier Mandate Factsheet [PDF]
Queensland Government Supplier Code of Conduct [PDF]
Queensland Procurement Policy 2019 [PDF]