Buy Queensland Roadshow off to a flying start

Local businesses have enthusiastically embraced the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland procurementstrategy, with great turnout to information sessions about the strategy.

The Buy Queensland Roadshow, which kicked off on September 1 in Rockhampton, offers information for local businesses on how to tender for Queensland government contracts under the new Buy Queensland procurement policy.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Roadshow had proven so popular with potential suppliers that the next session, due to be held in Brisbane on Monday 11 September, had completely booked out.

“We’re holding sessions across Queensland in September and October to make sure that local businesses are across the new strategy, and are in prime position to tender for Queensland Government work,” Mr de Brenni said.

“It’s clear that businesses are champing at the bit to tender for government work,

With the first 130 seat Brisbane session completely booked out, we have scheduled an extra session to accommodate demand.

Buy Queensland strategy is all about increasing opportunities for businesses and making it easier for them to work with Government, because when local businesses have a strong pipeline of work, the result is quality local jobs.”

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 per cent on any tender lodged for a significant procurement.

Mr de Brenni said Queensland’s 414,000 small businesses employ 44 per cent of the state’s private workforce.

“The State Government spends more than $14 billion a year on essential goods and services for Queenslanders, and another $4 billion building and maintaining the state’s infrastructure – roads, schools and hospitals,” Mr de Brenni said.

Buy Queensland will make a real difference to the lives of every Queenslander.

“But that is only a part of the picture. The Buy Queensland strategy will directly benefit the community because it ensures that ‘local’ actually means local.

“When the Queensland Government spends taxpayers’ money on a government contract, we want that money to stay in the local community, helping local businesses to grow and supporting employment for local workers and apprentices.

“By harnessing this investment in local business and local communities, we are providing people with the confidence to invest in new equipment and hire more staff.”

Sessions will be held at:

  • Monday 11 September 12.30pm, 111 George Street Auditorium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 12 September 3.30pm, Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, Maryborough
  • Thursday 14 September 8.30am, Melbourne Hotel, Bundaberg
  • Monday 18 September 12.30pm, Harrup Park Country Club, Mackay
  • Thursday 21 September 12.30pm, Holiday Inn Harbourside, Cairns
  • Friday 22 September 12.30pm, 111 George Street Auditorium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 26 September 12.30pm, Rydges Hotel Southbank, Townsville
  • Tuesday 3 October 12.30pm, The Colmslie Hotel, Morningside
  • Wednesday 4 October 12.30pm, Diggers Services Club, Logan
  • Thursday 5 October 12.30pm, Nerang RSL and Memorial Club, Nerang
  • Friday 6 October 12.30pm, Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich
  • Tuesday 17 October 12.30pm, Club Pine Rivers, Strathpine
  • Wednesday 18 October 12.30pm, The Events Centre, Caloundra
  • Friday 20 October 12.30pm, Terrace Gardens Function Centre, Mount Isa

To register for an upcoming procurement information session, visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au/Procurement/ProcurementStrategy/Events/Pages/default.aspx

Buy Queensland Roadshow off to a flying start

Local businesses have enthusiastically embraced the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland procurement strategy, with great turnout to information sessions about the strategy. Sessions are being run around the state, with an extra session in Brisbane due to the first one being sold out.

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