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You can’t buy Happiness, but you can buy Local and that’s kind of the same thing.


The Industry Advocate’s main priorities are to:

  • Promote competitive, capable local businesses to government purchasers and private sector companies delivering contracts on behalf of the government
  • Recommend reforms to procurement and contracting practices to ensure local businesses are not disadvantaged,
  • Ensure local businesses have a full, fair and reasonable opportunity to win work on major projects under the South Australian Industry Participation Policy.


An objective for the Office of the Industry Advocate is to support the development of the advanced services sector, and importantly leverage opportunities for innovation.

A growth and innovation objective can apply to all strategic public sector and private projects supporting innovation local businesses through their procurement decisions.

A key to successful procurement for innovation is the “intelligent customer” who is able to demand, source and identify potential new solutions, and can specify and manage contracts of this kind throughout their life-cycle.



South Australia’s economy is driven by small businesses with over 90% being in that Small to Medium Enterprise category and a large number of them want to tap into State Government contracts. That’s why the government established the Industry Advocate to support the thriving small business sector in the State.


However, it is acknowledged this will require active collaboration across State Government agencies, firms, and industries to ensure the objectives of local businesses winning State Government contracts are met.
  • Testimonial - BlueScope We would like to congratulate the Office of the Industry Advocate for their ongoing collaboration with industry and particularly the steel sector. Ian has been instrumental in recognising the importance of the steel industry locally by making changes to the South Australian Industry Participation Policy, as well as supporting the sector with small steel manufacturing. - Annette Arzoumanian, State Manager SA & NT
  • Case Study - Rapid Global Rapid Global’s engagement with the Northern Connector Project began with the roll-out of our Rapid Induct software, allowing for all employee and contractor workers involved in the project to be inducted online, as well as track their licences and competencies. Rapid Induct was our company’s first product, and was developed ... Read More
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