The recent Government Procurement Inquiry report from the South Australian Productivity Commission noted ‘business participants raised many issues, including views that government procurement lacked transparency; did not engage effectively with the market; tended to be risk averse; red tape; excessive delays; and barriers to innovation’.
The Commission reached several conclusions from this inquiry and one was ‘better outcomes in procurement seem likely if public authorities increase their knowledge of, and engagement with, the market place, including local suppliers’.
Good market research enables an understanding of the market so procurement can be undertaken with better knowledge of market structure, competition, product availability and suppliers. The Office of the Industry Advocate is continuing to look at new and innovative methods of engaging with potential suppliers and encouraging an environment of open engagement to assist in identifying potential improvements.
The Office of the Industry Advocate recently collaborated with SA Health, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Built Environs to deliver an industry briefing for the Modbury Hospital Upgrade, these briefings will be held for large State Government projects to provide industry a detailed brief on the project and what opportunities are available to get involved. The Modbury Hospital briefing attracted over 90 representatives from business and from the feedback received 100% of respondents would recommend attending an Industry Briefing to another business.
For smaller contracts we will continue to encourage agency staff to take advantage of the SA Product and Services Register. This Register provides an opportunity for businesses based in the state to promote their products and services to State Government agency staff, this register is expanding into further industry sectors and all businesses who wish to quote and tender for government work should consider registering their products or services.
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