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Are you a small business in SA? This may be an opportunity for you

October 21, 2017

Have you heard about the
BHP Local Buying Program?

The BHP Local Buying Program (LBP) is a great opportunity for businesses in our region to supply valuable products & services to BHPs' Olympic Dam operations.

If you're a small business operator (under 20 staff) based in the northern areas of South Australia with the drive & capability to supply products or services to a world leader in mining & resources, this may be an opportunity for you.

As part of it's commitment to supporting the economies & communities in the regions in which it operates, BHP will need products & services to support its Olympic Dam site. The company is currently seeking to establish relationships with qualifying businesses from within our local area through its LBP.

The process to register is simple & will only take about 20 minutes once documentation such as insurances, certificates etc. is on hand.  Registration with the LBP is free. The business portal is easy to use & importantly BHP is offering appropriate payment terms of 21 days.

Businesses wishing to register are asked to provide a business profile with some background & information about the types of products & services proposed to be supplied. This part of the process will be your best opportunity to promote your business.

However, registration with the LBP is not a guarantee of business. It is an opportunity to participate in future competitive tendering processes as a pre-qualified supplier. If successful, your business is listed on the LBP database. Then listed suppliers in relevant categories receive notification of work orders so that they can participate in the tender process.

The types of goods/services needed by the company are broad, ranging from sandwiches for meetings/conferences etc. right through to the supply of employee gifts, workwear or motor vehicles...

Broadly speaking, the products/services categories are;

  • Trade Maintenance Services
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Equipment Maintenance Services
  • Mobile Equipment Hire
  • Industrial Plant Construction Services
  • Earthmoving Services
  • Accommodation & Catering

It's worth noting that registered suppliers may be asked to meet additional requirements prior to undertaking approved work. They will also be required to provide evidence of any relevant or mandatory insurances/policies, certificates of currency or procedures (e.g food safety) for the products/services to be provided.

C-Res is the business working in partnership with BHP to handle all enquiries about the program & the registration process. They can be contacted to discuss LBP requirements & aspects of the registration process. They will also make feedback available to unsuccessful applicants to help with future applications.

Who can participate in the Local Buying Program?

Businesses are required to meet a number of minimum mandatory qualification criteria prior to being assessed & approved as a ‘Local Buying’ supplier by C-Res. Criteria include:

  • Must employ less than 20 full-time equivalent employees (not including casual staff, subcontractors, trainees, or apprentices);
  • Must have a significant physical presence in an eligible Local Buying Program area (see region-specific pages for information on eligible regions). Significant physical presence must meet all of the following conditions:
    • The business operates from a location within an eligible area
    • In this location, the business operates from a permanent location or establishment
    • The personnel employed at this location are resident to the local area
    • The operation is used to provide functions that are core to the services the business provides to BHP
  • Must have an ABN & be registered for GST (if required);
  • Must have appropriate insurances including Workers Compensation (if an Employer) & Public Liability (mandatory);
  • Must provide goods or services aligned with the BHP Global Supply goods & services categories (see brochure);
  • Must have the appropriate personnel, management & financial capacity to deliver goods & services to BHP / BMA / BMC (whichever is applicable);
  • Must agree to the C-Res Claims Process
  • Must demonstrate alignment with BHP’s Charter Values & Code of Business Conduct;
  • Must actively support the local community & its economic development.

Interested suppliers must be registered or have a significant physical presence in one of the following locations:

  • District of Mount Remarkable
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • Port Pirie Regional Council
  • Roxby Downs Council
  • Whyalla City Council
  • Postcode 5600 – Whyalla, Whyalla Playford, Gilles Downs, Myola Station, Lake Harris, Secret Rocks, Katunga Station, Corunna Station
  • Postcode 5713 – Emeroo, Island Lagoon, Lake Torrens, Oakden Hills, Pernatty, Wallerberdina, Yadlamalka
  • Postcode 5715 – Illeroo, Pandurra, Yalymboo, Yudnapinna, Lincoln Gap, Carriewerloo
  • Postcode 5720 – Woomera, Pimba, Stuarts Creek, Billa Kalina, Purple Downs, Mount Vivian, Millers Creek, Bosworth, Arcoona, Mount Eba, Parakylia
  • Postcode 5722 – Andamooka
  • Postcode 5725 – Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs


For more information about the BHP Local Buying Program contact C-Res on 1800 536 663 or visit

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