Enhance the consideration of local benefits across all tender evaluation criteria, not just the standalone Local Content test
Under the Buy Local Plan, agencies are encouraged to consider local benefit opportunities that may be relevant within other assessment criteria, and ask corresponding questions in the tender. This gives tenderers more opportunities to demonstrate the benefits of their 'localness'. As these questions are asked and assessed within another criteria, they are in effect over and above the Local Content test’s 30% weighting.
The Buy Local Plan recognises that local benefits can often not be assessed in isolation. Rather, local benefits such as knowledge of environmental and market conditions unique to the Territory and proximity of supply chain are best considered under other sections of the tender relating to, for example, capacity and timeliness.
While these other (or dispersed) local benefit questions will vary depending on the nature of the procurement, such as:
- Past performance, eg: an organisation’s track record of enhancing local economic and community outcomes through its delivery of similar contracts.
- Capacity, eg: a tenderer’s use of local knowledge (technical, environmental, geographical, cultural and other) to ensure successful contract delivery.
- Timeliness, eg: proximity and responsiveness of supply chain.
- Innovation, eg: development of any new products, business models or other capabilities within the NT as a result of the contract.