Supporting local benefits

Through Buy Queensland 2023, the Queensland Government will use its procurement investment to support more quality, local jobs.

Queensland Government buyers will apply a local benefits approach to all procurement. This includes conducting a local benefits test for significant procurement.

This means that when you respond to a government procurement opportunity, it is important to demonstrate how your business supports the local workforce, as requested in the quote or tender.

Read more about the local benefits approach in the Queensland Procurement Policy 2023.

About the local benefits approach

Applying a local benefits approach to all procurement intends to support businesses that employ a local workforce, generating more quality, local jobs.

The approach involves government buyers applying specific requirements depending on whether the procurement is routine or significant.

Routine procurement (low value and low risk)

Government buyers are to invite at least 1 local supplier to respond to every quote or tender, except where the goods and/or services are not able to be supplied by a local supplier.

If a local supplier is not invited to respond, the reason why will be documented.

Significant procurement (high value and/or high risk)

Government buyers are to apply a local benefits test which can be weighted between 10% and 30% in the procurement process depending on the nature and objective of the procurement.

If the test is not applied, the reason why will be documented.

About the local benefits test

The local benefits test is used to evaluate the benefits any business would bring to the local area, in terms of support for local workforces.

Local benefits test thresholds list

The local benefits test will be applied to procurement which the government buyer determines as significant.

To help you plan your tender response, and to plan for future Queensland Government work, check local benefits test thresholds list to see when an agency will apply the local benefits test.

Supporting local workforces

Identify how many local jobs you can support in your response to the quote or tender. You should take into account the following:

  • where people live and work
  • permanency of employment
  • certainty of hours, including
    • fair wages and conditions including payment of employees with disability (using the Supported Wage System where appropriate)
    • superannuation and workers compensation
    • genuine respect for the rights of workers to collectively bargain.

Tender contacts

For more information about how the local benefits yest applies to a specific tender, and how best to respond, contact the contact officer as outlined in the tender request.

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