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16th July 2021

The spotlight will shine on Sunshine Coast businesses putting local jobs first when supplying to government with the return of the Buy Queensland Awards this year.

Rob Skelton MP said nominations were now open to acknowledge Sunshine Coast based operators for their roles in creating jobs and boosting the state’s economic recovery.

“Supporting Queensland businesses is a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19,” Mr Skelton said.

“Since we introduced the Palaszczuk Government’s procurement approach in 2017, more than 55,300 Queensland-registered businesses have supplied goods and services worth around $33 billion to government.

“This includes over $1.6 Billion invested with over 4200 businesses in the Sunshine Coast region.

“The Buy Queensland Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate all those businesses who not only reap the benefits of our procurement targets, but also share our passion for buying local and supporting local jobs.

“Businesses will be able to nominate in three categories and the Procurement Minister will also be awarding a Minister’s Buy Queensland Award to recognise one company that has gone above and beyond in contributing to Queensland.”

The three categories are:

Putting Queenslanders First: For businesses that have achieved outstanding local benefits by creating quality jobs for Queenslanders and supporting the local community when supplying directly to the Queensland Government

Diversity through Procurement: For businesses that have demonstrated support for social outcomes and enhancing the lives of Queenslanders through their supply chains and other sourcing activities.

Delivering for Queensland: For businesses that have delivered outstanding outcomes for the community through innovation, disaster response and/or environmental initiatives.

For more information on the awards, including full eligibility criteria and nomination form:

For more information on Buy Queensland:

For more information on the Queensland Government Procurement Policy:

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