Council’s ‘buy local’ guidelines benefit local business
  • Thursday 21 April 2016
Buy Local

Support for a competitive local business and industry network underpins Sunshine Coast Council’s introduction of detailed “buy local” guidelines.

A Local Preference in Procurement Guideline was introduced at today’s ordinary meeting of council during an annual review of its Procurement Policy.

Council reviews its Procurement Policy annually to ensure sound contracting principles—such as value for money, open and effective competition, the development of competitive local business and industry, environmental protection as well as ethical behaviour and fair dealing— are addressed.

Corporate Strategy and Finance portfolio holder Cr Tim Dwyer said local suppliers had received more than $133 million in council spending so far this financial year, representing 68% of the total spend.

“Council is always looking for opportunities to foster greater engagement with local suppliers,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The Local Preference in Procurement Guideline outlines strategies that will help ensure local business and industry are the primary suppliers of goods and services to council.”

Key strategies include:

  • Contracts under $15,000 - local suppliers only invited to quote;
  • Contracts between $15,000 and $100,000 – at least two of the three required quotes invited from local suppliers;
  • Contracts between $100,000 and $200,000 – at least one of the three required quotes invited from local suppliers;
  • 15% evaluation weighting for “contribution made to the local economy” criteria in all tenders and in any quoting process where local compete with non-local suppliers.

“These guidelines are supported by other initiatives aimed at providing local business and industry with the tools they need to compete for Council contracts, tenders and procurement activities such as expressions of interests, tenders, request for quotes and disposal activities,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Council’s long running strategy of developing smaller and more manageable contracts that match with existing markets will continue.

“Supplier briefings will be held to inform suppliers of upcoming major projects and will be complemented by the introduction of an annual Key Suppliers Forum that provides an opportunity to engage with local suppliers who have delivered goods and services to council in the preceding year.

“Local suppliers looking to understand council’s procurement processes are encouraged to attend a Doing Business with Council workshops where they can learn about competitive responses to a tender and requests for quotes.

“Ultimately, council’s procurement policy provides a framework for council’s contracting activities within effective governance and probity frameworks.

“The local preference guideline underscores council’s commitment to use local suppliers where possible to support the development of a competitive local business and industry network across the Sunshine Coast.”