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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    “Buy Queensland” to boost business and jobs

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    “Buy Queensland” to boost business and jobs

    Queensland jobs and businesses will be the big winners from a major shift in the way the Palaszczuk Government’s buys or hires supplies and services.

    The Premier unveiled the new, multi-billion-dollar Queensland Procurement Strategy and Policy (QPP) at the Queensland ALP Conference in Townsville.

    The new “Buy Queensland” procurement policy will apply across all agencies, statutory bodies and government owned corporations.

    “Value for money means a lot more than choosing the cheapest price, especially when it comes to allocating taxpayers’ dollars,” the Premier said.

    “The value of a dollar spent can be greatly increased if it is spent where it’s earned – right here in Queensland.

    The Palaszczuk Government spends $14 billion a year, buying supplies and services.

    An additional $4 billion is invested each year in building and maintaining the state’s infrastructure – roads, schools and hospitals.

    In an Australian first, Cabinet has agreed the State Government would no longer be constrained or bound by free trade agreements that have seen jobs go off-shore or interstate.

    “We are going our own way’” the Premier said.

    “We will ignore restrictions that go against our interests.

    “As Premier, my entire job is protecting the interests of Queenslanders.

    “Queensland will show the way.”

    The Australia-New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement defines “local” as anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.

    “Suggesting to a Queensland taxpayer that funding a job in Christchurch is the same as funding one in Cairns is patently ridiculous,” the Premier said.

    “We won’t compromise in putting jobs of Queenslanders front and centre.”

    “We know some Queenslanders are doing it tough, especially in the regions. That’s why we need to keep looking for new ways to strengthen and grow Queensland jobs and our state’s economy.

    From 1 September 2017, the government’s new procurement policy will define a “local supplier” as a business that maintains a workforce within a 125km radius of where the goods or workers are needed.

    Local suppliers will receive a local weighting of up to 30% on any tender lodged for a significant procurement.

    The policy will also sets out the following:

    • Require at least one local or regional supplier, and one other Queensland based business, to be invited to quote or tender for every procurement opportunity offered;
    • For significant infrastructure projects $100 million and above, require the use of local sub-contractors and manufacturers where the local capability and capacity exists;
    • Significant projects will be required, where possible, to expend 15% on apprenticeships – up from the current 10%;
    • Deliver a more visible pipeline of opportunities for every Queensland business;
    • Reduce complexity to assist Queensland industry prepare for government tenders, and provide resources to help them tender;
    • Exempt business from the pre-qualification system for building contracts and Information and Communication Technologies projects under $1 million;
    • Businesses tendering for government procurement contracts will need to have a permanent workforce in Queensland.  They will need to offer fair wages, conditions and superannuation, and have good workplace health and safety records.

    Minister for Public Works Mick de Brenni said Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses employed 44 per cent of the state’s private workforce.

    “It’s vital these enterprises have access to government-led opportunities,” Mr De Brenni said.

    “The Government is serious about ensuring that all of our agencies are buying local.  The new QPP will be backed up by a special compliance, coordination and referral unit.

    “Now more local businesses and suppliers will be able to grow and employ our fellow Queenslanders and build Queensland’s prosperity.”

    Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Government is committed to be an exemplary lead customer for innovation and to harness the innovative capacity of the state’s small to medium enterprises (SME’s).

    “Not only will we provide better services for Queenslanders, but we can also help grow SME’s and start-ups in this state,” Ms Enoch said.

    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said businesses owned and operated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are set to also benefit from the government’s new purchasing strategy.

    “To complement the Queensland Procurement Policy, the Palaszczuk Government has also endorsed a new Queensland Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Procurement Policy (QIPP),” Mr Furner said.

    “The QIPP aims to increase the share of Queensland Government procurement contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses to be 3 per cent of Government spending by 2022.

    “By supporting the growth and development of Indigenous businesses across Queensland we are increasing the economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”

    Media Contact:      Geoff Breusch                       0417272875