Local Content Advisor Network

The Local Content Adviser Network (LCAN) is an initiative of the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development to influence, collect and report on Local Content outcomes in regional WA.

Local Content simply means ‘Buying close to home’ and procuring through local suppliers where possible to support and diversify regional economies. 

The LCAN comprises nine Local Content Advisers based across our regions and operating to connect with and support regional businesses with Local Content opportunity and with supplying to Government and industry.  

You can contact the LCAN via local.content@dpird.wa.gov.au

LCAN podcasts

The LCAN, together with Rural Focus, has put together a series of podcasts to assist with better understanding government procurement processes. Click on the links to download and listen to the podcasts.

Episode 1: Minister Alannah MacTiernan introduces the Local Content Adviser Network and the aim of the program. 

Episode 2: Megan Creagh, LCA Wheatbelt, explains the government buying process and Tenders WA. 

Episode 3: Allan Smith, Shire of Murray - Director of Infrastructure Services, explains the application process and criteria to undertake local government work, weighting and the selection/evaluation process.

Episode 4: Alison Maggs, Western Australia Local Government Association - Strategic Sourcing Manager, explains qualitative criteria.

Episode 5: Megan Creagh, LCA Wheatbelt, explains why marketing your business is important to the selection process. 

Episode 6: Dean Baker, Construction Manager, provides an industry perspective on how Indigenous business can succeed in government procurement and the importance of registering on the Aboriginal Business Directory WA.

Episode 7: Tony Halberg, Department of Finance - Director of Policy and Procurement Service, explains pre-qualification with Building Management Works, the preference for regional builders' pre-qualification when tendering, Aboriginal Business preferencing and the Buy Local Policy. 

Episode 8: Aaron Robbins, Western Stabilisers (soil stabilising business in Corrigin) gives his perspective on regional Small Business Enterprises working with the government. 

Episode 9: Premier Mark McGowan gives an updated on the progress of the Jobs Act and how it has impacted Local Content. He explains the long term plan of the Jobs Act and its benefits and speaks about the Western Australian Industry Participation Plans. 

Episode 10: Megan Creagh, LCA Wheatbelt, provides a recap on the LCAN.

Page reviewed 9 February 2023