Western Australia
Tue 20 February 2018

CCF WA Media Release: Inquiry shines a light on Government procurement

The peak body representing WA’s civil construction industry has welcomed recommendations in the Langoulant Inquiry that could reduce red tape and improve transparency and accountability in State Government procurement.

Civil Contractors Federation WA Chief Executive Officer Jeff Miller said the Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects released today highlighted a number of systemic issues with the way infrastructure projects are procured in WA.

“We’ve been telling government for a long time that a lot more could be done to reduce the red tape burden on construction contractors through greater standardisation of contracts and tendering processes – changes that would save both time and money for both the private and public sectors,” Mr Miller said.

“That’s why we think the Langoulant Inquiry’s recommendation for a Procurement Act – legislation that would remove duplication and inconsistency in procurement policy while retaining agencies’ autonomy and reducing red tape – is well worth considering.

“The Procurement Act would also increase transparency and reduce red tape by requiring all State Government agencies and GTEs to use Tenders WA for their contract tenders. This simple change would make it easier for local businesses, particularly small businesses, keep abreast of government contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

“We know the State Government is already looking at some of these reforms, and others, as part of its Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy.

“We welcome initiatives that will encourage open and effective competition in Government procurement, and will reduce the red tape burden on business.”