Local Buying Program Suppliers

Local businesses who have an annual turnover of <AUD$10M and a significant physical presence in the state’s eligible regions can register to participate in the Local Buying Program in that state.

Registrations are assessed on an individual basis in alignment with the Local Buying Program eligibility criteria. Once approved, suppliers will have the ability to access and respond to work opportunities (Work Instructions) in their state as they become available.

Buyers (BHP / BMA / BMC)

BHP / BMA / BMC employees can register at any time to use the Local Buying Program for their procurement needs. Buyers will be required to validate their registrations via their BHP email. Once registered, buyers can source goods and services from Local Buying Program suppliers by raising Work Instructions.

BHP / BMA / BMC Employee Registration

New South Wales Highlights | January – March 2019

Local Buying Program in New South Wales

Highlights for New South Wales, 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019:

  • $5,633,767 – Approved spend to local suppliers
  • 342 – Approved work opportunities created by BHP employees
  • 108 – Businesses approved to supply via the LBP
  • 15.5 – Day average payment period from receipt of invoice

See New South Wales year to date financial results here.

For more information on the Local Buying Program in New South Wales please contact your local C-Res Business Engagement Advisor, Lisa Harpley, via email  or visit our website.

Helping local businesses grow

Mt Arthur Coal’s maintenance department required a reliable and consistent supplier to manage ongoing servicing and repairs for a fleet of 90 light vehicles.

Given the number of vehicles, the solution needed to be cost and time efficient.

The maintenance department saw an opportunity to engage with a local supplier through the Local Buying Program (LBP) and submitted a Request for Quote (RFQ) to test the market.

The result was a competitive response from CRJ Maintenance.

The initial scope of works was for the servicing of 20 light vehicles, which then increased to the servicing of another 70 vehicles.

As a result of the work secured by CRJ Maintenance, through the Local Buying Program, the business has been able to expand and employ more local staff.

Image: Jhy Griffiths (fourth-year apprentice mechanic, CRJ Maintenance).

Message from the GM: Mt Arthur Coal

We are only a few months away from celebrating three years since launching the Local Buying Program at MAC, and it’s hard to imagine our operation without it.

The coal industry has had a long and proud history of investing into local communities and we recognise that a successful operation is only possible through a truly collaborative partnership with our local community, near neighbours and local businesses.

It’s exciting to see the Local Buying Program delivering genuine outcomes for our region and building capacity within our local business community.

We are committed to growing our uptake of the program and seeing more work undertaken by businesses in our neighbouring communities.

David Boshoff.

GM, Mt Arthur Coal.

LEFT: David Boshoff (BHP Mt Arthur Coal GM) and  Lisa Harpley (C-Res Business Engagement Advisor).

2019 Mining Update

Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Singleton Business Chamber joined forces on February 28 to present the 2019 Mining Update at Singleton Diggers Club.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galillee briefed Hunter Region business people in the region about the resources industry, touching on the confidence and happenings therein.

Mr Galillee also spoke about the contribution of mining to the regional economy, citing increasing numbers of mining jobs and suppliers in the Hunter, and consistently strong imports.

He said the forecast for global coal demand, through to 2040, also remained strong.

Image: Mike Kellu (Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Stephen Galillee (NSW Mineral Council CEO), Sue Gilroy (Singleton Business Chamber) and Bob Hawes (Hunter Business Chamber, CEO).

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout the Upper Hunter region on March 8.

C-Res Business Engagement Advisor – and woman in resources – Lisa Harpley attended two events to mark the day and help promote the importance of equity and stronger gender balance across all industries, internationally.

The first event for the day was at Mt Arthur Coal will where a networking even was held with the aim to learn more about the activities and programs in action throughout the resources sector.

A live-stream of the Queensland Resources Council/Women in Mining and Resources Queensland ‘Resources Awards for Women’ was broadcast as part of the event and retired Major Matina Jewell was keynote speaker.

Then it was off to the Singleton Business Chamber event at local hidden gem, Singleton Country Tennis Club, with the talented students of Singleton High School providing the catering. This year’s theme was #BalanceForBetter; something a number of the community’s men were also eager to support by attending the event.

Guest speakers included fourth-generation Singletonian, Di Sneddon, Deanne Hobday of BeYou Style App and Michelle Crawford from Being More Human.

Images – LEFT: Leah Scheepers (BHP Corporate Affairs), Lisa Harpley (C-Res business engagement advisor) and Andrew Marsh ( BHP specialist communications planner, BHP). RIGHT: Sue Gilroy (Singleton Business Chamber).


Upcoming events

4 May | Denman Day Out | DENMAN

In lieu of The Upper Hunter Wine & Food and Wine Festival this year “The Denman Day Out” will be a great family day out.

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15 May | Singleton Women in Business | SINGLETON

Opportunity to engage with other women, develop yourself socially and personally, networking with other like-minded women, improving self-confidence and most of all, have fun.

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31 May | Singleton Business Excellence Awards | SINGLETON

For more than 30 years, the Singleton Business Chamber has honoured local business excellence through the Singleton Business Excellence Awards (formerly Outstanding Business Awards) and in 2019 the New South Wales Local Buying Foundation has thrown its support behind the event as a major sponsor.

While the local business sector contributes significantly to the economic and social well being of our community, the Singleton Business Excellence Awards exist to recognise organisations and celebrate individuals that have achieved excellence in the Singleton business community throughout the past 12 months.

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Local Buying Foundation – Congratulations to successful applicants 

The Local Buying Foundation (LBF) is a critical element of the Local Buying Program. BHP makes a financial contribution to the LBF for every approved LBP transaction. The aim of the LBF is to enhance the economic sustainability of regions within the operational footprint of BHP operations in New South Wales through the support of programs and initiatives that target local business training and development needs.


Congratulations to the following organisation who was successful in our most recent funding round:

  • Scone Chamber of Commerce – Scone Small Business Innovation Awards

The Scone Small Business Innovation Awards will be an opportunity to focus on the promotion of local businesses and innovation throughout the Scone region. The evening will include a dinner with a prestigious guest speaker to challenge and inspire attendees to change up how they operate.


  • LBF Initiative – Corporate Governance Project: Elevate Your Director Skills

The Local Buying Foundation delivered governance training in collaboration with The Business Centre & University of Newcastle I2N Hub on March 18-19. The Local Buying Foundation initiative provided a subsidy to all participants who attended.

Funding for initiatives such as the Elevate your Director Skills training supports access for businesses and not for profits to attend a series of workshops through a local training provider, at a reduced rate to build their capabilities and capacities in governance.

Image: Those attending the Elevate Your Director Skills training earlier this year were treated to a comprehensive program of skills development. Each participant left feeling better equipped to navigate their way through the complex world of directorship and compliance.

The NSW Local Buying Foundation has approved funding for 10 projects with $80,166 in approved funding which supports activities building the capability and capacity in the Singleton, Muswellbrook & Upper Hunter local government areas.

LBFAC member news

The NSW Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee has welcomed it’s newest member to the committee – Jo Bailey from Scone Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Bailey brings to the committee a wealth of experience amassed through a variety of high-level compliance roles, her position as president of the chamber as well as being the managing director of Quality Care and the General Manager of Quirindi Retirement Homes.

Image – Lisa Harpley (C-Res business engagement advisor), Deirdra Tindale (BHP Corporate Affairs), Sue Gilroy (Singleton Business Chamber), Mike Kelly (Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Linda Keeping (Upper Hunter Country Tourism). INSET: Newly appointed LBFAC member, Jo Bailey.


Local Buying Foundation – Funding round 2, 2019

Funding applications for the April 26 round f submissions have now closed.  For more information, please contact Lisa Harpley via email

For further information regarding funding guidelines, application forms and closing dates please visit


NSW Funding Rounds 2019:

  • Round 1 – 7 February 2019 (CLOSED)
  • Round 2 – 26 April 2019 (CLOSED)
  • Round 3 – 26 July 2019
  • Round 4 – 25 October 2019

LBF sponsored upcoming events:

  • Muswellbrook Business Awards

The Local Buying Foundation will again sponsor the Muswellbrook Business Awards. The awards ceremony was held Friday, April 5 at Muswellbrook RSL as a black-tie event. The evening showcased finalists from across a range of categories which were assessed by a panel of independent judges. The Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee, C-Res CEO Tracey Cuttriss-Smith and NSW business engagement advisor Lisa Harpley attended.

  • Singleton Business Awards

For more than 30 years, the Singleton Business Chamber has honoured local business excellence through the Singleton Business Excellence Awards (formerly Outstanding Business Awards) and the Local Buying Foundation has agreed to sponsor the event again in 2019.

While the local business sector contributes significantly to the economic and social well being of our community, the Singleton Business Excellence Awards exist to recognise organisations and celebrate individuals that have achieved excellence in the Singleton business community during the past 12 months. The Local Buying Foundation Advisory Committee is looking forward to celebrating the outstanding finalists for the Singleton Region.


Looking forward to sharing outcomes as the following supported projects roll out through 2019:

  • Upper Hunter Country Tourism Website
  • Live Work Invest Scone Stage 2
  • Upper Hunter Country: Visitors Guide 2019
  • Singleton Business Awards
  • Muswellbrook Business Awards
  • Riverside Community Training Kitchen


See what is happening around Australia with LBP

Local Buying Program Highlights (January to March 2019) and Financial Year to Date Summaries: