CCF SA strongly encourages SA Water to open up more fully to the market and give greater access to their procurement to a larger market – and include genuine SA businesses of all sizes!
Responding to Member complaints the CCF SA has been having a robust conversation with SA Water about their approach to procurement. Complaints generally relate to:
- SA Water’s narrow practice of direct contracting with only a handful of usually larger contractors with no line of sight of the supply chain (sub-contractors) beyond the prime contractor.
- SA water not doing enough to support the SME sector in SA.
- SA Water not doing enough to leverage the not insignificant investment they make to grow jobs and stimulate the SA economy.
- SA Water not appearing to comply to the fullest extent with the Local Industry Participation Policies of the SA Government.
- SA Water establishing procurement panels and not using the contractors on the panel.
While SA Water can go further as a result of CCF SA intervention we are seeing changes that are designed to address CCF SA concerns. A SA Water Industry briefing was held on 22 May to outline the requirements for the Adelaide Service Delivery Contract soon to come to the market. Moving away from one prime contract there will be now be two contracts 1. Production and Treatment and 2. Field Services. Members can access the briefing presentation by following this link https://www.tenders.sa.gov.au/tender/view?id=53344. We note there is a much greater emphasis/focus on supporting and opening up to the local supply chain and workforce including SME businesses. At the request of the CCF SA the Industry Advocate will have much greater oversight of the administration of this contract to ensure that the Local Industry Participation Policies of the Government are complied with – to deliver the maximum economic benefit to SA.