The NSW Government has released a raft of measures to help the state’s SMEs gain government work, including simple streamlined contracts, new online tools, and incentives for government agencies to buy within NSW.
These changes form the new NSW Government Procurement: Small and Medium Enterprises Policy, which was announced in mid-December 2012 to provide practical measures to make doing business with the NSW Government easier for business owners. The NSW Government says measures from its new policy include:
- Exempting agencies in regional locations from using State Contracts for local purchases under $5,000 (previously $3,000), potentially freeing up tens of millions in additional Government spending for local purchases.
- Simpler contract documents for low value, low risk purchases.
- New approaches to government supplier panels and prequalification schemes, providing easier access for SMEs.
- New online tools including an easy access registration list to register to become a service provider to government and a SME-specific webpage.
- Regional and metropolitan presentations to promote opportunities to SMEs and a new helpdesk for advice and support.
“The new policy is designed to breakdown the mystery of Government procurement and increase incentives for government agencies to buy locally,” says NSW Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce.
“The NSW Government has also launched an Amazon-style purchasing e-catalogue so that businesses and government procurement officers can see the goods and services currently available to Government in an easy and simple format.”
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