In the 2020-21 financial year, the Office of the Industry Advocate monitored Industry Participation Plan contracts totalling $10.87 billion with approximately 77% of total work package spend going to South Australian based businesses. In addition to this, these contracts are reporting approximately 92% of the workforce of the projects are South Australian Full-Time Equivalent (FTE).
Since the introduction of the Office of the Industry Advocate we have achieved to following:
- The South Australian Government has strengthened the Industry Advocate’s power to ensure contractors on government projects comply with industry participation commitments to use local workers and suppliers.
- Almost 75% of South Australian Government goods and services were supplied by companies with a predominant workforce within South Australia.
- Since the Aboriginal Economic Participation Initiative was established in April 2016, over 70 local Aboriginal businesses have been successful in providing goods and services to the South Australian Government and the annual reported Aboriginal Procurement spend has increased from $7 million to $65.9 million.
- Launched Ready To Tender – an online guide, designed to help South Australian businesses navigate the government procurement process.
- Meet the Buyer events, since 2016, have attracted more than 1800 attendees aiming to improve their chances of winning government work by matching their product or service to South Australian Government buying requirements, and Supply to Gov Workshops have attracted over 300 attendees to help improve the capabilities of local suppliers tendering for government opportunities.
- Rolled out the South Australian Steel Industry Small Grants Scheme with 25 businesses sharing a total of $275,000 in grants, enabling them to create a potential 50 new jobs.