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Local content, local benefits

Local stories

Darren Clark

WickedKneads is a thriving boutique bakery and cafe. It supports Centralian business by buying supplies, such as meat, fruit, vegetables and beverages, locally

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Michelle Mitchell

Alice on Todd Apartments offer a choice of 57 fully self-contained studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe apartments to suit families and the business or leisure traveller.

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PJ & Jackie Mabasa

Peejay was working as an  auto-electrician at AutoSparky when the owners asked him and his wife Jackie if they wanted to buy the business.

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What is Buy Local?

In January, the NT Government’s new Buy Local Plan was introduced, giving local businesses greater opportunity to tender for and win government work. 

The new Buy Local Plan consists of a suite of measures designed to improve the way that local benefits are identified, evaluated and realised at all stages of the procurement and contracting lifecycle.

The new policy is based on extensive consultation with Territory businesses, industry associations and other stakeholders about procurement policy and practice.

The NT Government spends approximately $3 billion on goods and services annually.

Every dollar spent by government can have wider benefits for the community, through the flow-on effect of wages, economic stimulation, community development and corporate social responsibility.

With a stronger local content and benefits focus in its procurement, government can ensure that Territory residents and Territory industry experience these benefits.

Mandatory local involvement in all requests for quotes worth up to $100,000.

Identifying local businesses who operate in the Northern Territory, have a permanent presence and employ Territorians.

Increasing the minimum weighting of local content from 20% to 25% in all Government quotes and tenders.

Ensuring local content and commitments included in tender responses are carried through into the contract terms and are monitored throughout.