Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
As the largest event ever held in Queensland, the Government’s $1.5 billion investment into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) represented a significant opportunity to engage local industry, generate jobs and maximise business opportunities at the regional, state and national level.
The Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID) through the Office of Commonwealth Games led a coordinated approach with other Queensland Government agencies, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation (GOLDOC), the City of Gold Coast and the Australian Government to deliver the Games, including capital infrastructure, transport and security arrangements for GC2018.
Game of Firsts – a strategic approach
GC2018 was the first time a whole of Games approach was taken to Commonwealth Games procurement activity. Key elements of the strategic procurement approach which were critical to the Games success were:
1. Forward Procurement Plan
A Forward Procurement Plan and Schedule for GC2018 was developed and supported by the Industry Capability Network – allowing businesses visibility of opportunities ahead of time to register interest early to supply a wide range of goods and services for the Games.
The Plan was a critical support tool for coordinating industry engagement to reduce duplication and maximise synergies across Games delivery partners’ procurement activities. The Plan also identified legacy opportunities, including local Queensland businesses employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Indigenous businesses.
2. Early and ongoing engagement with suppliers
Dedicated Indigenous and business development teams were established in the department to work with both proponents, contractors (especially primes) and Indigenous businesses to open pathways and develop productive relationships.
Meet the Buyer and Supplier sessions provided businesses with the opportunity to showcase their businesses and skills sets to primary contractors, as well as begin to build stronger relationships. Support to Queensland businesses to take advantage of the opportunities arising before, during and after GC2018 continued with a number of programs.
This targeted engagement resulted in more than 80% of Games-wide contracts being undertaken by businesses with a Queensland presence (including the Gold Coast), representing $1.68 billion of spend and 8675 contracts.
3. GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan
A commitment was made by Government at the outset to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples every opportunity to drive economic growth and job creation from the Games. The GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a world-first for a Commonwealth Games, was a game changer for Indigenous businesses and created more than $14 million in contracts and other additional revenue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and organisations.
Accountability for RAP targets was enhanced through the presence of a senior Government representative on the GOLDOC Contract Approvals Committee, to ensure the final check and balance against the initial Indigenous procurement target at the decision making point in the process.
The success of the GC2018 RAP and the legacy it leaves has set a new benchmark globally for major events and the inclusion of First Nations People.
The Games has provided a transformational economic legacy, delivering a multi-billion dollar benefit for Queensland and supported thousands of jobs. To further leverage these outcomes as a real and lasting legacy from GC2018 the department has hardwired our portfolio commitment to Indigenous businesses, start-ups and SMEs as part of the overarching framework for the procurement of goods and services through the department. This aligns with the six Queensland Procurement Principles.
DITID is aware our portfolio of activities can have real impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and therefore a DITID Indigenous Participation Plan for 2018-2020 (DITID IPP) (PDF, 2.1MB) has been developed. The DITID IPP aligns with the Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan and includes actions we will take through procurement, grants funding, engagement, programs, infrastructure, major projects, and cultural capability activities.