Labor building a better state with local suppliers
THE Queensland 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.
From 1 September 2017, my 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 per cent 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 subcontractors and manufacturers where the local capability and capacity exists;
• significant projects will be required, where possible, to expend 15 per cent on apprenticeships – up from the current 10 per cent;
• 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 prequalification system for building contracts and ICT projects under $ 1 million; and
• 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.
Since the 2015 election, there have been 77,300 jobs created in Queens- land. Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses employed 44 per cent of the state’s private workforce.
Queensland business knows this policy will work for them. Working together my Government and business are dedicated to create more jobs.
Representing small businesses across our state, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland have said my Government’s policy will be an “absolute shot in the arm for small business”. In stark contrast, the LNP does not support the policy and will not support Queensland businesses and jobs. ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP,
Premier of Queensland.