Australia announced on 2 June 2015 that it would launch negotiations to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The GPA is a plurilateral agreement within the framework of the WTO, meaning that not all WTO members are parties to the GPA. At present there are 17 parties, comprising 45 WTO members (including the European Union). Another 10 WTO members, including Australia, are in the process of joining the GPA.

As part of the innovation activity, currently underway across a number of agencies, there has been some discussion of conducting competitions to generate and develop good ideas. Consequently, I have been asked how prizes or gifts can be managed in the context of the Commonwealth grants and procurement frameworks.  

Have you ever rushed at the last minute to buy a Christmas present? I have and I bet I’m not the only one. Open data from our friends at the Australian Bureau of Statistics demonstrates this clearly:

Hi all,

I published a blog post ‘Commonwealth procurements complaints processes’ a few weeks back, asking for comments from suppliers on whether they would be interested in additional avenues to raise complaints. Thanks for the feedback provided so far.


This post was submitted by Janai Stevens, Procurement Officer, Australian Taxation

The ATO is seeking a simple, accessible and easy to use HR Performance Management and Rewards and Recognition Solution (solution) to support their new Performance Management Framework.

It is preferred (but not essential) that the solution is cloud based, provided as a web accessible Software as a Service (SaaS) solution and is hosted, maintained and supported on an Australian based data centre that satisfies the ATO’s security requirements.

Hi all,

It is commonly held myth that the use of standing offers (panels) or multi-use lists by the Commonwealth limits competition for businesses that don’t achieve a place on that panel or multi-use list arrangement.

I’ve busted this myth below, and will be continuing with more mythbusting over a series of bi-weekly blogs.

Myth: Panel arrangements and Multi Use Lists (MULs) limit competition

Hi all,

On 1 July 2015, Finance released a draft Statement of Requirement (SOR) for comment.

This draft SOR outlined the strategies and services that will form part of an open approach to market to establish a new Whole of Australian Government airline panel.

Hi all,

I am often asked by suppliers how can they provide innovative solutions to the Commonwealth given entities must follow the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. While the CPRs must be followed, there are plenty of opportunities for innovation as this fourth post in the myth buster series shows.

Myth: The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) are inflexible and do not allow for value enhancing approaches and innovation

I am pleased to announce that the following suppliers have been added to the Cloud Services Panel:

  • Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd
  • Axis 12 Pty Ltd
  • INOVEM Limited

These are the final suppliers to be added and, in addition to previously announced suppliers, form the Whole-of-Government Cloud Services Panel, concluding the establishment phase.

The statistics for the Panel as it currently stands:

Hey folks,

This month we’d like to take a diversion from our usual report update and instead talk about CKAN’s DataStore extension (however - for the record - another 269 datasets were added in July). The extension enables to create machine readable endpoints ( or data APIs) from properly formatted tabular data.