Department of State Development

The Connecting with Business Program builds relationships between key State Government buyers and local businesses to help small business capitalise on opportunities from the Industry Participation Policy.

Through recent changes to the policy, for all purchases above $33,000, the government must determine if there is a business in the state or the region that can deliver the product or service.

The government must also ensure at least one business in the State or region is asked to quote for work. This ensures businesses employing South Australians are given a ‘fair go’ at winning contracts. The only exception is when no such business exists in the State.

The State Government is a large and complex organisation for business to navigate. A sound understanding of how the government works can be a key factor in whether business is successful in quoting or tendering for goods and services or construction works.

The program aims to:

  • be the first point of contact for businesses wanting to sell to the State Government
  • help business make the right connections in the State Government
  • place locally based businesses at the heart of acquisition planning
  • provide opportunities for local business to improve their tender skills
  • promote better feedback to businesses that do not win contracts.

The program includes the Meet the Buyer events and Supplying to Government workshops, and complements the State Government’s policy reform agenda to raise the economic contribution level by ensuring as many South Australians as possible are working on local contracts.

For more information contact

Office of the Industry Advocate
Phone 8226 8956
Email oia@sa.gov.au