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Policy aims at buying locally

A DRAFT policy aimed at giving regional and local businesses more WA Government supply and procurement work has been released for public comment.

The draft Buying Local policy aims to maximise the use of local industries in government buying. The WA Government buys goods and services worth $4.6 billion each year.

The policy brings together the current Regional Buying Compact, the Supporting Local Industry policies and other government programs.

The Buying Local policy includes the application of regional price and content preferences to regionally-sourced goods and services and a policy commitment from WA Government CEOs to ensure compliance across government agencies.

Other elements of the policy include the maintenance of existing preference measures to reduce imported content and maximise regional opportunities and the requirement for an explanation when a local business is not selected.

An education scheme has also been included to ensure both buyers and sellers are aware of the policy.

Works and Services Minister Rob Johnson said, for government agencies, the benefits of the policy were expected to be in the recognition of WA industry and regional development, purchase decisions based on the best value for money considerations and the fostering of competition by giving reasonable opportunities for local suppliers.

The draft policy is now available on the State Supply Commission website at www.ssc.wa.gov.au or by phoning (08) 9222 5700 or 1800 806 599.

Feedback on the draft policy needs to be provided in writing and sent to the State Supply Commission by 14 July.

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