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Local Industry Participation in Public and Private Sector Projects

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​Issue Date:21/05/2008
​Review Date:14/03/2018

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Local Industry Participation in Public and Private Sector Projects

POLICY

Western Australian businesses have a legitimate expectation that they will share in the State's economic growth. This expectation can be satisfied by the public and private sectors providing reasonable opportunities for locally-based and competitive suppliers to be involved in domestic development activity and contracts.

Public authorities and private sector project proponents are encouraged to consult with the Local Industry Participation Unit of the Department of Commerce's Industry and Innovation Directorate, to ensure that the State Government's desire to maximise local industry participation is realised.

BACKGROUND

The State Government aims to maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians. An important means for achieving this is through increasing the level of participation by local industry in the State's major domestic investments.

These investments include government purchasing and supply contracts, major resource projects, and infrastructure and capital works programs. The success of local businesses in supplying goods and services for these investments will expand local industry capability; encourage business innovation; enhance skills by providing opportunities to broaden and deepen the level of training and experience of our workforce; promote the exchange of technology and intellectual property; expand regional development; and provide increased access to Australian and global supply chains.

Benefits to public authorities and project owners and their purchasing agents include reduced operational down-time costs through access to local products, equipment, skills and support; facilitation of communication and reporting; and availability of reliable supply.

The State Government expects both the public and private sector to engage with local industry. This should occur especially at the planning and design phases of projects and when developing tender specifications for proposed contracts. Industry Participation Plans that identify whole-of-life purchasing intentions on the part of procurement entities are a useful means of demonstrating commitment to local resources.

The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with the State Supply Commission, is primarily responsible for developing policies and promoting initiatives intended to facilitate opportunities for competitive local suppliers to gain access to the investments described above.

The State Government's capacity to achieve its growth and employment targets depends on maximising the potential that Western Australian businesses can offer to projects in Western Australia, and to providing value for the money invested by the State of Western Australia in its purchase of goods and services.

 

 

ALAN CARPENTER MLA
PREMIER

 

For enquiries contact: Peter Cox (08) 6251 2511
Department of Commerce
Other relevant Circulars: Nil
Circular/s replaced by this Circular: 2002/10

 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.