Another Western Australian Buy Local Policy (WA BLP) 2020 Implementation Agreement was signed recently between the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and the Pilbara Ports Authority.
The improved WA BLP is designed to ensure regional businesses are given more opportunity when bidding to supply to the State Government’s annual $27 billion spend on goods, services and works.
The new WA BLP replaces the previous policy released in 2002 and is expected to create thousands of jobs across the state, particularly in regional WA.
The introduction of Implementation Agreements will commit State Government agencies to both the application and delivery of the WA BLP.
The first Implementation Agreement was signed off between JTSI’s Director General Richard Sellers and the Department of Finance’s Director General Jodi Cant in August. It’s expected over the coming months a significant number of other agencies will sign Implementation Agreements with JTSI, as the lead agency for the WA BLP.
Premier Mark McGowan launched the enhanced WA BLP in July, which was overhauled to create more opportunities for regional businesses.
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.
It has also been integrated into the government’s recently released WA Recovery Plan, to provide vitally important support for regional communities over the next 12 months.
The WA BLP complements the successful implementation of the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy in creating local jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
JTSI’s current round of Regional Communication Forums will ensure the work done to canvas regional stakeholders on the revised WA BLP continues through the implementation stage of the policy for any future refinements.