Under Mike Baird, unemployment has risen to 5.7 per cent, and youth unemployment in parts of Western Sydney has grown to over 16 per cent. Thousands of skilled trades jobs have been lost across the state. But rather than supporting local jobs, the Liberals have looked interstate and overseas for major contracts that could have created local jobs and supported regional economies.
The NSW Government spends billions of dollars on goods and services each year – that buying power can be harnessed to support local industries and create local jobs.
A Robertson Labor Government will put NSW workers and their families first. Under Labor’s NSW Local Jobs First Policy, Labor will use Government purchasing power to provide opportunities for local businesses, build industry capability and create new skilled job opportunities for local workers.
The Policy will provide a 20 per cent price preference for local industries and service providers that can demonstrate local content in their tender applications, and there will be an additional 5 per cent price preference for industries in regional and remote areas and Targeted Economic Development Regions, including Greater Western Sydney and the Hunter.
The Policy will apply to all NSW Government agencies and State Owned Corporations using a competitive process to procure goods and services valued above $750,000, including information and communication technology and major consultancies.
Giving preference to local industries recognises the broader economic contribution local businesses make. The NSW Local Jobs First policy will help develop industry capability, support jobs, skills and economic activity while still achieving value for money for the people of NSW.