Season’s Greetings – Mia’s top 5 posts for 2019

In celebration of the festive season, our present to our readers is to highlight the five Mia blog posts from 2019 we think are the most important. Read on to discover important government policies, strategies and tendering requirements that suppliers to government need to be aware of.
Best wishes for the festive season

Last year we celebrated the festive season by highlighting our most important blog posts for the year… And we’ve decided to make the Mia top 5 an end-of-year tradition.

Many of our posts cover government policy frameworks, strategies and tendering requirements that suppliers to government departments and agencies must comply with – or at least be aware of. As we did last year, we’ve reviewed our published posts for 2019 and selected the five we think are the most important.

So, if you are a supplier to government (or are aspiring to be), below are the top Mia posts we recommend you head back to read. (Plus there’s a bonus 6th post especially for government readers.)

Victorian Government commits to Local Jobs First

VIPP, LIDP, Local Content, ANZ Value, Local Jobs First

The establishment of Local Jobs First strengthens the Victorian Government’s commitment to industry development by enshrining the requirements of the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) and the Major Project Skills Guarantee (MPSG) into legislation. This post provides an overview of the Local Jobs First Policy, administered by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), and discusses what these changes mean to industry suppliers to government. (READ POST)

Four important Federal Government social procurement initiatives

federal government social procurement

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Government social procurement policies are becoming increasingly important for driving social change – and it was a huge focus in 2019. We’ve seen procurement criteria targeted at providing opportunity for the disadvantaged, environmental sustainability, equality, protection for the vulnerable and building strong local economies. In this post we look at four important Federal Government initiatives that have informed many of the state government social procurement frameworks. (READ POST)

Using the Victorian Budget to plan your government approach

Victorian Budget

Every year we dive into the Victorian Budget to highlight the key opportunities for businesses large and small. Businesses focusing on government engagement can also use the Budget to identify business opportunities and plan their approach to government. With the 2019/20 budget mainly focusing on the government’s extensive infrastructure and building program, we’ve highlighted some opportunities in other sectors – including technology and health – as well as the government’s new Victorian Jobs and Investment Fund. (READ POST)

Social Procurement Policies: What we have learnt 12 months on

social procurement

Since Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework was formally launched in September 2018, its policies have become integral to the evaluation of government suppliers. We’ve also seen sustained implementation and emphasis of the federal government’s social procurement policies. One of the questions we’re asked most frequently is ‘What practical things can I do to show my commitment to social procurement?’. In this post, we discuss some of the suggestions we’ve made and actions we’ve seen our clients taking that have helped them win government work. (READ POST)

Mia’s take on Victorian labour hire registration

labour hire registration

Victoria’s Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (the LHL Act) came into action on 30 October. All businesses acting as either labour hire providers or hosts now need a licence (or at least have applied for one) to legally operate in Victoria. The Act is designed to ensure workers are protected from exploitation of their working rights and conditions by providers. In this post we provide an overview of the Act and – since we are considered to be a labour hire provider on account of our procurement and project management services – we also share some things we learnt through the rather arduous application process. (READ POST)

Finally, here’s a bonus 6th post especially for government readers:

Better government procurement practice for Modern Governments

modern government procurement reform

In October, Deirdre presented her vision for procurement to enable a Modern Government at the annual national Government Procurement and Contract Law summit. This post contains the highlights of that presentation, discussing how a Modern Government can use procurement to enable its business outcomes without being dragged down by factors such as existing procurement policies, practices and compliances. Deirdre looks at the key challenges of a Modern Government and calls for high-level changes to government procurement in five key areas. (READ POST)

Thanks for joining us on the journey in 2019. We look forward to bringing our readers further posts about important government policies and strategies in the new year.

Post script

Don’t forget: Government agencies and departments don’t necessarily go dormant over January. Successful businesses will be those ready to implement their engagement plans from January. So why not get a head start on creating new government business in 2020 by planning now for government conversations that need to happen early in the new year? Read our blog post called Prepare now for government business in the new year.


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