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Our Role

 
The Office of the Industry Advocate’s role is to make it easier for locally based businesses to tender for government contracts and work with Business and Industry Associations to increase the number and diversity of businesses that meet government tender requirements.

Our Objectives

Our objectives are to:

  • Build the capacity of businesses in the State to successfully tender for Government contracts
  • Recommend changes to policy and practices that remove impediments to industry participation
  • Initiate procurement reforms that provide greater economic benefit to the State and businesses
  • Industry growth and diversification.

Our Commitments?

South Australia’s economy is driven by small businesses, with over 90% being in the SME category, and a large number of those wanting to tap into State government contracts. The government recognised this, and established the Industry Advocate to support the thriving small business sector in the State to achieve a greater share of government contracts.

In doing so, the government acknowledged the need for improved communication between government purchasers and potential providers, active collaboration between businesses – and indeed – industries, review of current systems and removal of process barriers. For example, pre-qualification systems can streamline tendering overall, but businesses that are not pre-qualified will often find that they cannot bid for Government work.

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  • Testimonial - OneSteel Manufacturing and Integration Having a strong advocate in South Australia is allowing the state to take a strong leadership position in support of the local steel supply chain inclusive of Whyalla. The industry applauds the role as it is achieving positive outcomes for the industry. The role of the industry advocate has been instrumental in encouraging contractors tendering for South Australian infrastructure projects ... Read More - Neil Gibson, Executive General Manager
  • Case Study - Steventons Construction Group Steventons Construction is a family owned and operated business that has been building in South Australia for 20 years. Since commencing as a boutique design and construction company, Steventons have ... Read More
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