Food and beverage purchases

The Queensland Procurement Policy sets out our commitment to prioritise Buy Queensland first when purchasing food and beverages.

This includes:

  • prioritising food and beverages made, grown or produced in Queensland when releasing tenders, establishing standing offer arrangements, and awarding contracts for food and beverage procurement (including functions and events)
  • referring to the Queensland Government Food and Beverage Supplier Directory to help identify potential suppliers.

As a government buyer, you’re already looking for opportunities for Queensland businesses to supply to government using the local benefits test.

When you are planning food and beverage purchases you should think about:

  • where the product is made, grown or produced
  • how your purchase may have a local benefit (e.g. using local businesses)
  • sharing your local supplier knowledge and contacts within your agency or department.

By identifying and planning for these opportunities, we will:

  • ensure Queensland food and beverages are used, unless impractical
  • ensure suppliers (such as caterers or event organisers) partner with Queensland food and beverage suppliers.

In purchasing Queensland food and beverages, you can:

  • support local businesses and jobs
  • reduce transport and our carbon footprint
  • support regional Queensland.

Read our food and beverage procurement guidance for government buyers (PDF, 1.4 MB) for more information.

Finding local food and beverage suppliers

The Queensland Government Food and Beverage Supplier Directory lists suppliers and caterers that:

  • have a physical Queensland presence
  • employ Queenslanders
  • supply food and beverages that are either grown, made or produced in Queensland.

We recommend using Google Chrome to view and search. 

You can also filter results to show social enterprises or Aboriginal businesses and Torres Strait Islander businesses.