Chief Minister Announces Changes To Buy Local Initiative

Chief Minister Announces Changes To Buy Local Initiative

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Strengthened Buy Local Reforms To Benefit Territory Business

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory (NT) Gunner Government today announced major reforms to its Buy Local initiative to make improvements and support job creation.

This announcement follows the Government’s re-introduction of an improved Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) this week, which is expected to generate up to $80 Million for the Territory economy.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner introduced Buy Local conditions the day the Government took office as promised prior to the election meaning all capital grants issued by the NT Government had a 30% Buy Local condition attached to them.

Today’s announcement will see further procurement reforms to maximise opportunities for Territory small to medium businesses.

“The Territory Government inherited an economy going through a tough period so it is instrumental action was taken immediate to support business.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

“This is why I introduced Buy Local requirements on Capital Grants the day this Government came to office.”

“This is why we fast-tracked $120 Million worth of infrastructure projects and introduced a $22 Million Immediate Works Stimulus Package. This is why we introduced a bigger, better version of the HIS.”

“This is why I am today announcing further policy reforms to Buy Local to give businesses even more of a chance to get through these tough economic times.” Chief Minister Gunner said.

These reforms include a number of key actions and initiatives, including:

  • Replacing the ‘Value for Money’ definition with a ‘Value for Territory’.
  • Placing a cap on the maximum weighting on price in tender evaluations to 30%.
  • Prohibiting shortlisting on price alone.
  • Providing tenderers with more detailed post-tender feedback.
  • Requiring all major procuring agencies to provide regular industry briefing sessions.
  • Requiring all agencies to publish agency forward procurement plans.
  • Delivering public sector training and development initiatives including ‘local benefit’ training sessions, e-learning resources and a professional development forum for all NTG procurement professionals.

“Buy Local plan consists of a suite of measures designed to improve the way that local benefits are identified, evaluated and realised at all stages of the procurement lifecycle.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“The plan was developed based on extensive consultation with Territory businesses, industry associations and other stakeholders to return the maximum value for the Territory economy.”

“While the Buy Local plan is generally well supported, the Territory Government is implementing further improvements to ensure the Territory is receiving the maximum benefit from government procurement.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.