Submission to State Procurement Inquiry

The new State Productivity Commission is conducting an Inquiry into State Government Procurement of Goods and Services. Business SA’s submission was informed by qualitative feedback over many years from members plus a recent survey where we asked very specific questions of the local business community about their procurement experiences. Businesses raised a number of concerns, particularly around the duplication of information requirements from agencies and the delays in releasing some tenders, including where there was little to no explanation provided. We also raised the need for State Productivity Commission to look beyond goods and services to capital projects.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Submission to State Procurement Inquiry

Date Published: January 2019

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