Australia: Designing public procurement policies to benefit regional economies

08 Mar 19: In January, the Federal opposition released its Local Jobs, Local Projects: Labor’s National Procurement Plan. The procurement policy’s three main elements are: improving local business access to government contracts; emphasising involvement of local businesses in large contracts, and emphasising local apprenticeships. The announcement garnered only a few headlines in this current busy political news cycle, in stark contrast to the critical response the Queensland state government received to its Buy Queensland procurement strategy in 2017.