Andrew Barr is paving the way for his upcoming Business Development Strategy with new criteria for tenders and a Red Tape Reduction Panel.
1. To support local businesses the Government will introduce a new evaluation criteria for all goods and services tenders that puts a weighting against whether the tenderer is a local small-medium enterprise (SME) and/or their involvement with local businesses. The criterion will be designed so that it doesn’t add to the cost of tendering, doesn’t detract from value for money considerations, but does provide an incentive for all suppliers to ACT Government to engage with regional SMEs. The Government will implement this policy change early in 2013. It will encourage the creation of Canberra region jobs, and provide a platform for Canberra region SMEs to expand their markets and grow. The approach will be consistent with the Government’s procurement policies and obligations under international agreements
2. The Government will create a Red Tape Reduction Panel to identify, remove and improve outdated, unworkable and illogical business regulations. This panel will bring together business experts to investigate regulatory impediments to ACT businesses. It will be outcome oriented, focusing on specific problems facing individual businesses with a mandate to engage with agencies and fix things that don’t work or don’t make sense.