The Queensland Government will enhance its procurement policies by examining the work health and safety outcomes of companies seeking Government contracts, State Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni has announced.
"Our supplier evaluation will now include looking at workplace health and safety systems, and standards to make sure businesses tendering for government contracts are providing the best possible workplace for their staff," the Minister said.
"Whether we're tendering for building major infrastructure, looking for community service providers, or hospitality staff, we want to make sure we're supporting businesses who engage with their staff cooperatively and strive for best practice in their workplaces."
Queensland's changes form part of its "Buy Queensland" policy, which "unashamedly preferences Queensland businesses when it comes to doing business with the State government", de Brenni said.
"We are focussed on ensuring best practice workplace health and safety systems and standards are the norm for businesses across Queensland," he said.