Building Your Future – By Supporting Local Businesses

Local Benefits Test for Government tenders equals benefits to the wider community.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting Tasmanian business growth and job creation, and our Local Benefits Test is making a real difference.

Over the last 12 months, 81 per cent of contracts have been awarded to Tasmanian-based businesses – up from 63 per cent (3rd quarter 2013-14) awarded to Tasmanian-based businesses under the previous Government.

While we know many Tasmanian businesses are growing and feeling more confident about their future, we also know there is more to do to take Tasmania to the next level. That’s why our Plan to Build Your Future includes a target for 90 per cent of Government contracts to be awarded to Tasmanian businesses by 2022.

We are already backing our small businesses and helping them to win Government business through tendering workshops, business mentoring, personalised business advice and one-stop-shop support. Our recent series of free workshops on defence supply contracts is one way we are helping Tasmanian businesses tap into Australia’s defence spend, which is worth $195 billion.

Our such as job creation, and social benefits must be taken into account when decisions are made on awarding contracts.

Strategic investment into our own economy has a positive flow on to the whole community, such as the $150,000 Lillico Beach Conservation Area project which is being completed by Devonport business AJR Construct – injecting money into the economy and supporting local jobs in line with our buy local policy.

As well as supporting local business, an investment like this supports the local community, such as local volunteers the Wildcare Friends of Lillico Penguins, whose 30 dedicated members are volunteer guides at the site for four hours, seven nights a week for the seven months of the breeding season.

The more we can do help promote local spending the better it is for all Tasmanians, and by continuing to apply the local benefits test we help ensure our local businesses have the best chance of securing Government contracts and a strong financial future.