CCIQ welcomes 'Buy Queensland' with open arms
The Queensland Procurement Strategy and Policy (QPP) announced by the Premier this morning is multi-billion dollar shot in the arm for the state’s small business and for every region of Queensland.
CCIQ’s CEO, Stephen Tait, welcomed the announcement by Queensland Government, “With Government spending $14 billion each year on supplies and services, local suppliers such as Queensland's 414,000 small businesses, will now receive a local weighting of up to 30% on any tender lodged for a significant procurement.
“This is a small business friendly policy aimed at ensuring that small business employers have weighted access to government-led opportunities.”
CCIQ has long been advocating to the Government on behalf of Queensland SME's for improved government procurement policy that weights the significant contribution they make to the State's economy.
Research shows that increased involvement of Queensland small businesses in both private and public-sector projects leads to positive impacts on employment and business growth, particularly for regional Queensland.
CCIQ’s General Manager of Advocacy, Kate Whittle said, “Small business across the length and breadth of Queensland have told us they simply cannot compete for government tenders against bigger companies or international corporations, or that dealing with government is too complex and lengthy a process, with no guaranteed outcome of success; a risk many small businesses cannot take.”
“CCIQ is delighted the government has listened to the calls of small business in Queensland to ensure they have the best chance at providing their world class products and services to government, whose purchasing power should always put Queensland's small business employers at the forefront of their dealings.
“The next steps will be to ensure that small business, particularly in regional Queensland, can take full advantage of opportunities to do business with government.”
“We will ensure the Queensland Government is fully across the detail of what small business needs to effectively take advantage of the opportunities that will no doubt flow from today's announcement.”
This policy announcement directly benefits business by:
- Providing greater access to government tenders and procurement opportunities
- Recognising the skill, entrepreneurship and essential role small business plays in the state economy
- Enabling businesses to confidently compete with business from interstate and overseas
- Allows for businesses to competitively tender based on skill and not just price
“Critics of the policy will label it as anti-competitive and restrictive, CCIQ sees it as levelling the playing field so that the small businesses who employ over 2 million Queenslanders can compete on service and not just be undercut on price.”
“We also know that when decisions are made on price alone, then there is a race to the bottom in terms of quality. We know Queensland small businesses have the quality and the safeguards in the procurement policies will see that tax payers still get value for money.”
This policy is a win for Queenslanders as it will see a greater proportion of state expenditure being spent with Queensland businesses who will employ locals and use local supply networks, resulting in jobs and economic growth.” Ms Whittle said.