The South Australian Industry Participation Policy was amended in 2017 to include ‘Developing Innovative Products or Services’, to assist in the procurement of innovative goods and services across the State Government. This would enable agencies and authorities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public services while at the same time helping to create jobs, grow local industry and provide a boost for small and start-up businesses.
The South Australian Productivity Commission has identified an issue with the take-up of innovative products and services and acknowledged in their Draft Report that there are barriers to innovation in the procurement system.
The Commission is seeking further information on how procurement policy and practice can facilitate more innovative procurement processes and development of innovative proposals from suppliers. To support this and to further develop and increase the participation of procurement of innovative products and services, the Office of the Industry Advocate and the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur have developed a Smart Procurement Issues Paper for comment to be communicated to the Productivity Commission as well as being incorporated into future policy development.