As you would be aware from my previous blog posts, the Commonwealth contracting suite (CCS) for low risk procurements under $200,000 will be available from 1 July 2014 and will directly aid small businesses. The CCS has simplified terms and conditions including liability and insurance requirements and will provide a consistent approach for all suppliers in dealing with Commonwealth agencies.
The Department of Finance is seeking to supplement the CCS with other initiatives to support small businesses in tendering for work.
I often hear that small businesses have difficulty accessing Commonwealth contracts but it is unclear what those specific difficulties are and therefore what can be done to make it easier. Given this, if you own or manage a small business, I would like to learn what barriers you might have faced in dealing with the Commonwealth. I am also interested in hearing your thoughts on the types of tools that we could develop to assist you in navigating the tender process.