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Buy Local Policy in Western Australia Updated to Prioritize Jobs for Persons with Disabilities

April 07, 2022

The McGowan Government has launched the updated WA Buy Local Policy 2022 with a focus on creating more job opportunities for people with disability in regional Western Australia.

First introduced in 2002, the WA Buy Local Policy is designed to ensure regional businesses benefit from the State Government's annual $30 billion spend on goods, services and works.

Government service contracts represent a significant part of the WA economy, stimulating local businesses and creating employment through the delivery of procurement services.

The policy was last updated in 2020 to create thousands of regional jobs and support COVID-19 recovery.

Launching the revised WA Buy Local Policy 2022, the WA Government has given increased prominence to local businesses employing people with disability, including Australian Disability Enterprises, emphasising agencies should prioritise these groups in regions throughout the State.

The policy has been revised to align with the State Government's Procurement Act 2020 and Western Australian Procurement Rules.

Adjustments have been made to the regional price preferences and value for money approach to enhance the ability of agencies to take these factors into account in terms of contract outcomes.

Local businesses in the region where the work is being carried out will be invited to bid for contracts in their local area.

In 2020, the regional price preferences were revised to ensure businesses are given a stronger weighting in the applications process than those from other parts of the State.

The WA Buy Local Policy 2022 complements the WA Government's successful implementation of the WA Jobs Act 2017 and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) in creating local jobs and boosting the economy.

Since the introduction of WAIPS in March 2018, almost 14,000 regional jobs and 1,190 regional apprenticeships and traineeships have been supported.

The WA Government will continue to appraise the effectiveness of the policy through consultation with both public and private sector stakeholders.

For more information, visit WA Industry Link.

Source: Media Statements, Government of Western Australia

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