26 September 2023

New panel to buy into government procurement

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Australia’s first independent panel to advise on ethical procurement for Government suppliers is to be headed by a former Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner, John Thompson.

Minister for Procurement, Mick de Brenni said the Government was committed to supporting ethically, socially and environmentally responsible Queensland businesses and to keeping the economy moving by backing small business.

“This as an historic moment and a first for Australia,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The panel’s role in providing Government Agencies with advice regarding procurement, contracts, audits and investigations will drive real change in Queensland,” he said.

“I’m also pleased to welcome Mr Thompson who has served more than 20 years as a Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner with extensive experience in both State and Federal jurisdictions.”

Mr de Brenni said Mr Thompson had led the review into the Queensland Industrial Relations Act 2016.

“I can’t think of anyone better to head this new panel, which is an essential part of Queensland’s procurement approach and the State’s economic recovery plan,” he said.

The Minister said the panel would provide robust, independent and expert advice and recommendations to the Directors-General and Chief Executives of procuring Agencies.

“As well, it will also provide Government Agencies with broader advice regarding procurement, contact, audit and investigation processes and systems,” he said.

Deputy Chair of the panel is Jennifer McVeigh, a solicitor of 37 years standing who is also a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Queensland Fire and Rescue Services Panel of Referees and the Board of Architects of Queensland.

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