The BIS Shrapnel report outlining the benefits in using Australian produced steel in government infrastructure projects is an important and timely contribution to the debate in overhauling procurement policy, Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson said this afternoon.

“This detailed report proposes that government legislate 85% to 90% use of Australian produced steel in all publicly funded infrastructure projects.

“It highlights and makes an important timely contribution to the debate on overhauling government procurement policy in New South Wales.

“The report also emphasises the on-going challenges faced by the steel industry in this country flowing from the massive surplus in steel produced by China, which is flooding the global steel market”, she said.

Ms Watson said that report found that there was a massive data gap in precise steel tonnage usage in publicly funded building and civil engineering construction projects.

She said Illawarra Labor Federal and State Members of Parliament had included a procurement policy overhaul in their10 Point Plan to Secure Illawarra Jobs released on 4 September 2015, which called for the State Government to:

  • Agree on and implement changes to the New South Wales Procurement Policy ensuring the maximum possible use of Australian produced steel in all State Government infrastructure projects across the state from 1 January 2016.

“I’ll certainly be making the Premier and Minister for Industry, Anthony Roberts MP aware of the BIS Shrapnel report.

“I hope they will both give it serious consideration and change the State’s procurement policy by adopting the proposal Illawarra Labor MPs made over a month ago”, she said.

8 October 2015