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Improving local procurement opportunities

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The NSW Government is helping small businesses by making it easier to do business with Councils.

In June 2019 local government procurement regulations changed making it possible for Councils to purchase products and services of up to $250,000 without going to tender.

This is good news for small business. With more opportunities to win work with Councils through simple quotes, they will save time and money when compared to going through a lengthy and involved tender process.

The Local Procurement Pilot provides tools to cut red tape and simplify the tender process for both small businesses and Councils. A more streamlined process means small businesses now have a better chance of securing Council contracts.

Councils need to follow many regulations that can make procurement complex for small businesses. They want to support their local small businesses to navigate procurement processes.

As part of the Pilot, the ‘Doing Business with your local Council: A guide for small businesses’ provides useful tips for Councils and outlines each step of the procurement process. There are also some useful and easy to use forms for small businesses to complete to ensure they are procurement ready.

The Local Procurement Pilot also includes a road map and other resources for Councils to make it easier for small businesses to win their work.