Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4533 ..
(8) How many meetings has the Local Industry Advocate had with local businesses.
(9) What public reporting will be made on the work of the Local Industry Advocate and when will any reports be made available.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) In February 2015 I announced the Government’s intention to establish the Local Industry Advocate (LIA) position to support local businesses by facilitating clear pathways to participate in government procurement of goods, services and capital works.
As per a Government appointment of this type the recruitment process entailed consultation with stakeholders and a shortlist of potential candidates was put to Cabinet.
(2) Under the terms of the contract, Ms Lundy has been appointed from 1 February 2016 to 31 December 2017.
(3) Under the terms of the contract, the appointee performs functions as follows:
• Ensure local businesses have maximum opportunity to participate in Territory government procurement contracts.
• Support local businesses by facilitating clear pathways to participate in Territory government procurement of goods, services and capital works.
• These functions will be achieved through the following duties:
o identifying opportunities to reduce complexity and red tape in the Territory government procurement processes;
o supporting implementation of best practice in public procurement with a focus on removing barriers and reducing the costs to business of participation in Territory government procurement processes;
o working with industry stakeholders to increase capabilities and competitiveness when participating in Territory government procurement processes; and
o working with industry stakeholders to develop a Local Industry Participation Policy.
In fulfilling the functions and duties the Appointee will devote such time as would be reasonably necessary to discharge the same in a proper and professional manner, whilst maintaining an average work pattern of two (2) days per week.
(4) Under the terms of the contract, the Appointee is remunerated on a per diem basis (daily or half-daily) at a level equivalent to the salary component of a public service executive level 2.4 in accordance with the relevant determination of the Australian Capital Territory Remuneration Tribunal from time to time. On commencement, the per diem rate was $942.75 based on 7.35 hours per day.
(5) Goods and Services Procurement has not explicitly briefed the Local Industry Advocate on issues with Tenders ACT search facility. However, the Local Industry Advocate does meet with Goods and Services Procurement and Infrastructure Finance and Capital Works to discuss tendering more broadly.