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

Through recent changes to the policy, for all purchases above $550,000, the Government must determine if there is a business in the state or 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 for all purchases. 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 businesses make the right connections in the State Government
  • place locally based businesses at the heart of acquisition planning
  • provide opportunities for local businesses to improve their tender skills
  • promote better feedback to businesses that do not win contracts.

The program includes Meet the Buyer, Ready To Tender, Supply to Gov workshops, Aboriginal Economic Participation and the SA Product + Services Register.

The Office of the Industry Advocate also runs a number of other initiatives, including Supporting the Steel Industry and Regional Development, to learn how your business can get involved follow the above links, contact us at oia@sa.gov.au or call 8226 8956.


  • Liddiard Group We are very appreciative of the practical and strategic work the Office of Industry Advocate does in supporting the potential for our Aboriginal owned small to medium enterprises. It is this strategic support that will help our business to grow and increase in capacity to employ more Aboriginal workers across South Australia. Read More
  • Northern Connector/ SEM Group As the massive Northern Connector road project moves into full swing opportunities for local businesses and local jobs continue to grow. Recently a traffic control contract was awarded to Salisbury Earth ... Read More
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