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Industry participation

The Industry Participation Advocate (IPA), Mr Ian Nightingale, was appointed by the Premier of South Australia in February 2013 to further the aims of the Industry Participation Policy, ensuring local businesses leverage maximum opportunities from the $3.8 billion of contracts let annually by the State Government.

As part of his role, the IPA will be working collaboratively with DIT to identify new ways to drive local investment, develop strong value chains from the State’s portfolio of major projects such as the North-South Corridor, Darlington Upgrade Project.

There can be significant benefits to government, the community and local businesses when the tendering and procurement functions are delivered in a strategic and integrated manner. It is an aim of the IPA to increase the awareness of how the important contribution from local companies is to the South Australian economy. Many of our companies are leaders in their field and it is our vision to build and maintain the skills and capabilities needed to successfully compete for Government contracts.

Local business opportunities

If you wish to express your interest in business opportunities that may arise during the project you can register your company and list the specific products and services you provide via the Industry Capability Network (ICN) at:


The Darlington Upgrade Project will support approximately 370 jobs per year during construction of the project.

On the Darlington Upgrade Project, the consortium has committed to deliver over $285 million in direct economic contribution to South Australia through the head contract, Gateway South a Joint Venture of Fulton Hogan and Laing O’Rourke, and through the work packages identified in the Industry Participation Plan.

The sub-contracting opportunities alone are significant with over $260 million in direct economic contribution, flowing through to local sub-contractors and to South Australian employment.

The State Government is committed to ensuring local South Australian businesses are workers benefit from our projects.

If you are interested in working for Gateway South on the Darlington Upgrade Project, please check regularly for the latest job vacancies. Gateway South will also regularly advertise employment opportunities on the Fulton Hogan website.