31 July 2017 –
The way the Queensland Government buys goods and services is changing.
Under the new Procurement Strategy 2017 Backing Queensland Jobs, our Government will move toward “buying locally”. The Strategy will support regional businesses and create quality local jobs.
Local and Queensland small businesses are world-beaters but they often don’t get the chance to compete with their rivals from Sydney, Melbourne or overseas. This strategy will improve local businesses and suppliers opportunities to supply government goods, services and work, which will directly benefit local communities.
From 1 September 2017, this strategy will apply whenever the Government purchases goods and services, commissions major projects and infrastructure or builds the schools, housing or other facilities that our community needs. It will apply to all agencies, all statutory bodies and all government owned corporations.
The new Procurement Strategy measures include:
- Giving priority to local suppliers who maintain workforces that usually reside within a 125km radius of where the goods or services are to be supplied
- Using a weighting of up to 30 per cent to local business tendering for local work
- Using local sub-contractors and manufacturers in significant projects worth more than $100 million
- Delivering a more visible pipeline of opportunities for every Queensland business
- Reducing complexity to help Queensland industry prepare for government tenders, and provide the resources to help them tender, and
- Exempting contractors from the pre-qualification system for building contracts, and Information and Communication Technology suppliers from accreditation requirements, for contracts under $1 million.
Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses employ 44 per cent of the state’s private workforce – which makes it vital for small business to have access to government-led opportunities. This new Strategy actively encourages better engagement between Queensland business and the Queensland Government. With better engagement comes better outcomes for everyone.
For more information, on the strategy visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au