an independent advocacy function to government on behalf of the local industry
The Buy Local Industry Advocate is an independent link between local business and the Northern Territory Government. The role of the Buy Local Industry Advocate is to:
- provide an independent advocacy function
- focus on promoting the Buy Local principles to both industry and government
- provide an audit and assurance role with respect to government procurement (the Value for Territory assurance program)
- monitor the effectiveness of the Buy Local Plan, including monitoring for unintended consequences.
The advocate is a member of a reformed Procurement Review Board and chairs a subcommittee of that board which focuses on Buy Local policies. The advocate can investigate complaints directly from industry and act on their own initiative to randomly audit the awarding of contracts and the implementation of those contracts.
The Buy Local Industry Advocate ensures that Territory Enterprises are provided full, fair and reasonable opportunity to compete for government contracts, that Value for Territory is considered in all aspects of government contracting, and promotes the adoption of Buy Local principles by industry.