Small Business Welcomes Queensland Government Procurement and Improvement Payment Policy: CCIQ

Thursday 23 May, 2019 | By: Thomas Birkbeck

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the state government’s announcement of a commitment to reduce invoice payment times for small businesses who provide goods and services to government departments and associated entities.


CCIQ notes that the Minister for Employment and Small Business, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, followed up with a further announcement around improving the government’s procurement action plan so that more businesses can bid for government work.


The statement provided by Minister Fentiman seeks to address key barriers around procuring contracts with the state government departments, notably the size and complexity of government processes.


Head of Industry and Media Dan Petrie said payment terms and access to government procurement opportunities has long been a source of considerable frustration for small businesses.


“Small businesses want to do business with government, not only as a way to expand their operations but to meaningfully contribute to Queensland’s economy.


“Most small businesses attempting to submit a tender for a government contract are discouraged by onerous paperwork, confusing approval processes and restrictive terms.


“Small businesses have also identified a lack of awareness about supply opportunities, difficulty in understanding tender specifications and government payment terms as limitations.”


“CCIQ looks forward to working with government and indeed key stakeholders to clarify commitments on resources to be allocated, implementation plans and ways for business to hold government accountable,” Mr Petrie said.

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