Industry and Government met last Tuesday to discuss improvements in ACT Government procurement processes.
Following Economic Stimulus discussions in November, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope called a Procurement Roundtable to address concerns raised last year.
According to a statement released by the office of the Chief Minister, the roundtable was “to canvass private and public sector views in the area of Government procurement of goods and services”.
"This roundtable is a key development arising out of the Economic Stimulus Roundtable meetings held towards the end of 2008, " Mr Stanhope said. "Those meetings established a number of expert groups to further investigate ideas to insulate the ACT economy from the effects of the current global downturn.
"One of the priority areas identified during the Economic Stimulus Roundtable was ensuring that the Government's interaction with industry, particularly through the procurement of goods and services, is conducted as efficiently as possible.”
Several people who attended the original meeting had expressed concern over excessive red tape and unnecessary delays during the tender process.
Among the issues raised were the inefficiency of one-size-fits-all procurement documentation, the disproportionate cost of tendering for small jobs, the cost and difficulty of obtaining public indemnity insurance as well as a lack of ready to go designs to go to tender.
Procurement Solutions executives briefed the Roundtable participants on recent reforms, and Mr Stanhope assured suggestions will be taken on board.
"It is vital that the public and private sectors work together to address the challenges that we currently face and having the key participants in one room will foster the exchange of creative and innovative ideas for reform.
"The ACT Government will use the ideas and suggestions raised at the roundtable in its ongoing efforts to stabilise the ACT economy," Mr Stanhope said.
Some of the participants of the roundtable were Chair of the Canberra Business Council, Craig Sloan, Chief Executive of the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chris Peters and ACT Committee Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, Jack Radik among others.
The Treasury will convene a meeting to examine the insurance issue and the Roundtable will reconvene in a month in order to discuss and review progress.
Intermedium contacted the Chief Minister's office but they declined to comment on any direct outcome of the meeting.