Another 6 Western Australian Government agencies have committed to applying the revised WA Buy Local Policy 2020 (WA BLP) after signing implementation agreements with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.
The department, as the lead agency for the policy, signed an agreement with the Forest Products Commission late last year. Since the beginning of 2021, the department has signed agreements with the Southern Ports Authority, Western Power, the Department of Training and Workforce Development and DevelopmentWA.
The department has also developed its own implementation agreement which was signed on 16 March 2021.
This means a total number of 10 agencies have signed implementation agreements with a number of others expected to sign over the coming months.
Under the revamped policy, agencies develop implementation agreements outlining their commitment to ensure that regional businesses benefit from the WA Government's annual $27 billion spend on goods, services and works.
The first agreement was signed between the department’s Director General Richard Sellers and the Department of Finance’s Director General Jodi Cant in August.
Premier Mark McGowan launched the enhanced WA BLP in July 2020, which was overhauled to also create more opportunities for regional businesses.
The new policy replaces the previous policy, released in 2002, and is expected to create thousands of jobs across the state, particularly in regional WA.
The policy contains a range of initiatives and price preferences that ensure agencies prioritise local businesses based in the regions where the work is being delivered.
The list of agencies currently operating under the WA BLP 2020 can be found on WA.gov.au.