Western Australian business owners are being urged to register with the new Government electronic market (Gem) as their number one priority in 2001.
Gem is an initiative of the Department of Contract and Management Services (CAMS).
It utilises online technology to streamline purchasing operations by using a single desktop, electronic procurement system.
This system is expected to replace a wide range of purchasing systems currently used within Government.
It will be particularly beneficial to small and regionally based businesses, enabling them to cost effectively reach wider markets throughout Western Australia.
Works and Services Minister Rob Johnson said suppliers would find it easier, cheaper and faster to conduct business with Government using Gem.
“If you are serious about doing business with Government, Gem is the way of the future,” Mr Johnson said.
“A very important first step is to ensure your business is listed in the Registry of Western Australian Suppliers.”
Basic Registration with Gem is free. Even better, the 20,000 WA businesses who use Procurelink - a system that faxes Government purchase orders directly to suppliers - are already half-way there.
Mr Johnson said a letter had been sent to these businesses inviting them to register with Gem.
Many local businesses have already registered as suppliers to the Western Australian Government.
To act on this opportunity, business owners can register online at http://www.gem.wa.gov.au and follow the supplier instructions.
Alternatively, they can contact the Gem Service Centre on (08) 9222 5468 or 1800 225 468 for callers outside the metropolitan area.
Media contact: Fran Hodge (08) 9215 4800