Amendments to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules from 1 March 2017

Author: 
John Sheridan - CIO & CISO

On 29 November 2016, the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, announced a number of amendments to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) that will come into effect from 1 March 2017.  

If you are interested in the amended version of the CPRs, it’s now available on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments here and will shortly be published on the Finance website. A snapshot of all of the upcoming changes is provided in the table below.

Regards

John

 

Section of the CPRs

New text added to Division 2

Specifications and Standards

Paragraph 10.10

Where an Australian standard is applicable for goods or services being procured, tender responses must demonstrate the capability to meet the Australian standard, and contracts must contain evidence of the applicable standards (see paragraph 10.37).

Conditions for participation

Paragraph 10.18

Officials must make reasonable enquiries that the procurement is carried out considering relevant regulations and/or regulatory frameworks, including but not limited to tenderers’ practices regarding:

a. labour regulations, including ethical employment practices;

b. occupational, health and safety; and 

c. environmental impacts.

NEW SECTION TITLED
Value for Money and broader benefits to the Australian economy

Paragraph 10.30

In addition to the considerations at paragraph 4.4, for procurements above $4 million, Commonwealth officials are required to consider the economic benefit of the procurement to the Australian economy.

Paragraph 10.31
The policy operates within the context of relevant national and international agreements and procurement policies to which Australia is a signatory, including free trade agreements and the Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement.

NEW SECTION TITLED
Contract Management/Standard Verification
Paragraph 10.37
Where applying a standard (Australian, or in its absence, international) for goods or services, relevant entities must make reasonable enquiries to determine compliance with that standard:

a. this includes gathering evidence of relevant certifications; and

b. periodic auditing of compliance by an independent assessor.

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Last updated: 07 December 2016