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Buy Local Industry Advocate

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Local content, local benefits

Local stories

Susan O’Callaghan

Hairdressing is a notoriously tough business. But Helmet Hair Studio has not only survived but thrived in Darwin for 18 years. Director Susan O’Callahan puts the success down to a dedicated staff offering an excellent service.

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Michelle Mitchell

Alice on Todd Apartments offer a choice of 57 fully self-contained studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe apartments to suit families and the business or leisure traveller.

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PJ & Jackie Mabasa

Peejay was working as an  auto-electrician at AutoSparky when the owners asked him and his wife Jackie if they wanted to buy the business.

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What is Buy Local?

The NT Government’s Buy Local Plan, gives local businesses greater opportunity to tender for and win government work. 

The Buy Local Plan consists of a suite of measures designed to improve the way that local benefits are identified, evaluated and realised at all stages of the procurement and contracting lifecycle.

The policy is based on extensive consultation with Territory businesses, industry associations and other stakeholders about procurement policy and practice.

The NT Government spends approximately $3 billion on goods and services annually.

Every dollar spent by government can have wider benefits for the community, through the flow-on effect of wages, economic stimulation, community development and corporate social responsibility.

With a stronger local content and benefits focus in its procurement, government can ensure that Territory residents and Territory industry experience these benefits.

Mandatory local involvement in all requests for quotes worth up to $100,000.

Identifying local businesses who operate in the Northern Territory, have a permanent presence and employ Territorians.

All Government quotes and tenders to include a local content criteria with a minimum 30% weighting.

Ensuring local content and commitments included in tender responses are carried through into the contract terms and are monitored throughout.