Local procurement programme

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Rio Tinto aims to strengthen communities wherever we operate. One way we do this is through our local procurement practices to deliver benefits for communities, suppliers and our business.

Our procurement practices, and those of our contractors, help sustain many Western Australian businesses and, in turn, local communities. Improving these practices, with increased opportunity for local suppliers, can both boost local economies as well as provide us with cost competitive, reliable and high quality services.

We are committed to maximising opportunities for local suppliers and understand increased local procurement will support local economies. We want to encourage local suppliers to become part of our supply chain through various initiatives, including by supporting improvements in capability and increasing competitiveness in key areas such as safety, risk management and commercial value. The ultimate aim with these initiatives is to ensure local businesses are better prepared to compete for contracts going forward.

The local procurement programme aims to support local businesses across the state seeking to tender for work with Rio Tinto through the following activities:

  • Local procurement portal
  • Dedicated local procurement team
  • Increased collaboration with suppliers
  • Local procurement workshops
  • Partnering with business development specialists to build supplier capability

Rio Tinto's dedicated local procurement team aims to improve access to and visibility of procurement opportunities for local suppliers. This portal includes details on the policy as well as upcoming opportunities.

Local Procurement Programme Brochure Supplier User Guide


Grow Local

Together with Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry WA, we launched Grow Local, a program to enhance the capability of local businesses.

As founding partner, we are proud to join Woodside and Chevron - the Gorgon project, in the delivery of targeted workshops, business briefings, and 1:1 training and advice to build local industry strength in the Pilbara.

This partnership will work to strengthen capability and connect businesses to procurement and project opportunities. Workshops and events are planned for Karratha, Tom Price and Newman.

Grow Local aims to make it easier to access information and provide support to local businesses on a path for growth and sustainability.

For further information please contact Grow Local program manager Navah Kerr at the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry navah.kerr@kdcci.com.au