Queensland Charter for Local Content delivers for suppliers and the state's economy
The Queensland Government is committed to giving Queensland businesses the best possible opportunity to tender for major government procurements through the Queensland Charter for Local Content.
Approximately $16.5 billion is spent each year by the Queensland Government on goods and services, which represents a significant market for Queensland suppliers, and further benefits the wider community and the state's economy.
Developed and implemented by the Industry Programs team in the Department of State Development (DSD), the charter aims to increase the participation of local suppliers by providing them full, fair and reasonable access to government procurement opportunities.
The hosting of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesTM, and the necessary purchase of $2 billion worth of goods and services over the next three years, represents a significant opportunity for Queensland suppliers. With the assistance of Industry Capability Network (ICN) and the transparency of the forward procurement plan for the games, the charter will ensure the maximum possible opportunity is provided for competitive Queensland businesses.
As the first infrastructure project for the games, the $41 million redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has been a success story for local industry participation. The managing contractor, Watpac, offered 74 work packages for tender, 90 per cent of which were awarded to South East Queensland suppliers. By working closely with ICN, Watpac greatly enhanced their procurement process by quickly identifying the most suitable suppliers, as well as connecting with potential suppliers they were not previously aware of.
The 1 William Street landmark office tower currently under construction in Brisbane's government precinct is another major project employing the procurement principles of the Queensland Charter for Local Content. Brookfield Multiplex is the managing contractor for the 44-level tower due for completion in late 2016. Their reporting to DSD has revealed that as of January 2015, $244 million worth of goods and services have been procured and South East Queensland companies have won 89 per cent of these tenders.
DSD is monitoring the implementation of the Queensland Charter for Local Content across government agencies, analysing reporting results and encouraging feedback from industry to ensure that the charter continues to deliver enhanced benefits to Queensland businesses and the Queensland economy.