Western Australia’s first Buy Local Policy 2020 Implementation Agreement was signed today, a major milestone in ensuring WA businesses are provided with opportunities to bid for local contracts, especially those based in regional locations.
The signing of the agreement by the Directors General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and the Department of Finance follows the launch of the revised Western Australian Buy Local Policy 2020 (WA BLP) by the Premier Mark McGowan in July 2020.
An implementation agreement is an agency’s commitment to the delivery of the principles and specified initiatives of the WA BLP.
A number of other State Government agencies are currently developing agreements in collaboration with JTSI, as the lead agency for the policy, to detail their commitment to the WA BLP.
The policy will help maximise opportunities for WA businesses, particularly regional small and medium-sized businesses, when bidding for contracts that are part of 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.
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 WA Jobs Act and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy in creating local jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
The WA BLP is being discussed at JTSI’s current round of Regional Communication Forums, at which local stakeholders are being invited to provide feedback on make comment on how the government’s approach to purchasing and contracting could be improved.