IMAA calls on Queensland Government to support local business through indie agencies

IMAA CEO Sam Buchanan

Sam Buchanan: “It’s clear that even modest reforms to government contracting could really benefit the local economy”

The Independent Media Agencies Australia (IMAA) is calling on the Queensland Government to better support Australian small businesses.

The industry body has asked the state government to put Queensland first by working towards a minimum of 35% of annual state Government advertising spend to go through local and independent media agencies.

The IMAA has opened discussions with the Queensland Government on how to translate progressive policy and commitments into positive outcomes for independent media agencies. A significant percentage of IMAA member agencies are locally owned and operated and provide a critical voice for our community.

Sam Buchanan, IMAA CEO, said: “The Government has utilised a single, multinational contract for media services for the past 15 years. Although it’s easier for government agencies to buy through one company, there is a real question on whether this is the best arrangement for Queenslanders. It’s clear that even modest reforms to government contracting could really benefit the local economy.”

“The Queensland Government says that small business is critical to the economy and the Minister for Small Business, Dianne Farmer MP, is making progress on 34 key, related election commitments. Our proposition for a mandated 35% of government media spend for independent media agencies puts paid to the 2020 election commitments and is good for the local economy.

“We’ve had a positive start with the Palaszczuk Government but need to work together in delivering meaningful policy reform. Our members have a voice and are passionate about a strong, independent media industry, and all the benefits that it brings to the local economy and a progressive Queensland.”

Last month, the IMAA announced that they’ve arranged an agreement to provide general insurance for their members.
The national, not-for-profit industry association for the independent media agency industry are partnering with Australian insurance provider Maple to offer general insurance and risk services for its members, which is designed to protect agencies from professional negligence liabilities, cyber risk, fraud and compliance issues.

See also: IMAA will offer general insurance for members, along with 12 other new deals

Top image: Sam Buchanan

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