Tasmania bolsters 'buy local' policy

28 August 2013

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29 August 2013 | Marino Donati 

Measures to help Tasmanian businesses bid for government contracts have been introduced under a ‘buy local’ policy.

The measures, launched by Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings, include setting up a central procurement board with representatives from industry. It will oversee all goods and services procurements with a value of more than AUS$2 million (£1.2 million), building and construction procurements worth more than AUS$4 million (£2.3 million) and roads and bridges procurement of more than AUS$7 million (£4 million).

Board members will include senior officials from government agencies, as well as industry representatives from the Building and Construction Industry Council, the Master Builders’ Association of Tasmania and IT body TasICT.

The measures have been distributed to all government agencies and include a requirement for government buyers to actively seek bids from local businesses and ensure agency requirements do not unnecessarily preclude local businesses from bidding.

Giddings said Tasmanian businesses already had a high success rate when competing for government contracts, but added the new measures would provide added assistance in the short term.

She said: “The central procurement board will oversee major government tenders to ensure that they account for the impacts on local and regional markets, that tenders are split into bundles so smaller companies can compete more effectively and include the benefits of buying locally in value for money assessments.

“In a tough economic environment, it is important that we do all we can to help Tasmanian businesses and continue our focus on supporting jobs in the Tasmanian economy.”

The new measures can be viewed at www.purchasing.tas.gov.au and www.treasury.tas.gov.au

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