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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Local business backs Palaszczuk’s “Buy Queensland” procurement policy

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    Local business backs Palaszczuk’s “Buy Queensland” procurement policy

    The Palaszczuk Government has welcomed the support from Queensland businesses for the new “Buy Queensland” procurement policy across all agencies, statutory bodies and government-owned corporations.

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland have welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s policy and identified the real benefits for Queensland businesses and job growth.

    CCIQ General Manager – Advocacy Kate Whittle said today the policy was an “absolute shot in the arm for small business.”

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new, multi-billion-dollar Queensland Procurement Strategy and Policy (QPP), announced in Townsville at the weekend, was another example of the Government and business sector working together to create jobs and opportunities.

    “Since the 2015 election, there have been 77,300 jobs created in Queensland.  Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses employed 44 per cent of the state’s private workforce,” she said.

    “Queensland business knows this policy will work for them.  Working together my Government and business are dedicated to create more jobs.”

    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 agreed the State Government would no longer be constrained or bound by free trade agreements that have seen jobs go off-shore or interstate.

    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.

    Media Contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791