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Making Government procurement fairer for small business


Release Date: 25/01/2017

Changes to Commonwealth Procurement Rules recognise the need to provide more opportunities for small and medium businesses. Recent amendments to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules take effect 1 March 2017.
 
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director, Chris Lamont said Government business is big business with the Australian Government having an annual procurement spend of $60 billion and over 70,000 contracts awarded last year.
 
“Value for money to the taxpayer will always be a prime consideration for government procurement and tender processes, however, there is a need to recognise the value and contribution that local businesses can make and that short-term savings can result in long-term costs,” said Chris Lamont.
 
“The Chamber is focused on ensuring local businesses have greater opportunities from Government spending in the region,” said Chris Lamont.
 
“The Chamber has previously campaigned to make Government procurement fairer for small business. The new rules are designed to promote greater inclusion recognising the size, location or ownership of small and medium business,” said Chris Lamont.
 
“Being aware of current and future tenders is critical to securing Government projects. We encourage all local businesses to register to receive updates from AusTender so they can receive all relevant notifications,” said Chris Lamont.
 
To assist business participation in Australian Government tenders, the Chamber offers a product called Business Propel (http://businesspropel.com.au/home) which has a range of tender writing tips.
 
To register for AusTender notifications see: https://www.tenders.gov.au/
 
Media Contact: Katherine Baker 0417 135 858



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