Useful Links

Below are the details of organisations and information that may assist both buyers and suppliers to better understand the procurement environment. Please consult with the appropriate body within your government to find out what the current procurement policy is for the types of products and services you are purchasing or providing.

Australian Government Procurement

AusTender

Advertising approaches to the market

The official web site for advertising of Australian Government business opportunities is AusTender, the Australian Government Electronic Tender System

 

Electronic Tendering

AusTender is the Australian Government Electronic Tender System that enables suppliers to access Australian Government business opportunities online, download tender documentation and submit responses electronically. Australian Government agencies under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act), notify all publicly available business opportunities on AusTender. Selected agencies under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, notify specific opportunities on AusTender. AusTender is managed on behalf of the Australian Government by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

Reporting of contracts

AusTender [external site icon] is the official web site for Commonwealth gazettal of contracts and standing offers of $10,000 or above. AusTender - Contracts Reported provides information about the Australian Government’s procurement activities such as the value of contracts, and the names of the supplier and buyers under those contracts.

 

Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Department of Finance and Deregulation is working to make Australia a leader in the productive application of information and communications technologies to government administration, information and services.

AGIMO fosters the efficient and effective use of information and communications technology (ICT) by Australian Government departments and agencies. It provides strategic advice, activities and representation relating to the application of ICT to government administration, information and services.

Guide to Limiting Supplier Liability in ICT Contracts with Australian Government Agencies 

The Second Edition of the Guide to Limiting Supplier Liability in ICT contracts with Australian Government Agencies [external site icon] provides ICT procurement officers with detailed guidance on the application of the ICT Liability Policy contained in Finance Circular 2006/03 and offers tools to help agencies determine appropriate levels of supplier liability based on assessments of risk.

Environmental Purchasing

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has developed a suite of guidance to assist agencies improve the environmental performance of government operations. The Environmental Purchasing Guide and Checklists [external site icon] have been developed to provide voluntary guidance to purchasers in the Australian Government regarding the consideration of relevant energy and environmental issues in procurement decision making.

Intellectual property

The Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government Agencies [external site icon] (‘Statement of IP Principles’) provides a framework for effective management of intellectual property (‘IP’) by Australian Government agencies. It covers a range of issues relevant to effective management of IP, including procurement, record keeping, industry development, broader innovation policy and public access.

The Statement of IP Principles has been endorsed as Government policy for  all Australian Government agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (‘FMA Act’). The Government has also endorsed the Statement of IP Principles as an authorised Commonwealth policy that interacts with procurement for the purpose of regulation 9 of the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997. This means that although the Statement of IP Principles are not referred to in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, they are now part of the procurement policy framework. 

FMA Act agencies must comply with new principle 8(a) of the Statement of IP Principles in ICT procurement contract negotiations starting from 1 October 2010.

The Statement of IP Principles does not formally extend to bodies covered by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

Open Source software

The Australian Government Guide to Open Source Software, version 2.0 is now available. It provides an introduction to open source software as well as background information on the risks and benefits of using, distributing and developing open source software and guidance to assist agencies understand, analyse, plan for, and deploy open source software. It also includes the Australian Government Open Source Software Licensing Risk Framework.

Procurement Policy

All FMA Act departments and agencies must have regard to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules when carrying out activities relating to the procurement of property and services. The Commonwealth Procurement Rules  establish the procurement policy framework within which agencies determine their own specific procurement practices.

Officials undertaking procurement-related activity are expected to act in accordance with:

 

  • The FMA Act and Regulations;
  • The Commonwealth Procurement Rules and
  • Their agency's Chief Executive's Instructions.

Risk Management (ICT procurement)

Risk Management Standard AS/NZS 4360:2004 [external site icon]

The risk management standard 'provides a generic guide for the establishment and implementation of the risk management process involving the identification, analysis, evaluation, treatment and ongoing monitoring of risks'. It also notes that this standard 'may be applied at all stages in the life of an activity, function, project or asset. The maximum benefit is usually obtained by applying the risk management process from the beginning'.

Government Procurement Arrangements for Telecommunications

The Australian Government Information Management Office, within the Department of  Finance and Deregulation, partners with telecommunications suppliers and Government agencies to facilitate best practice usage. By price benchmarking, using demand aggregation and the latest proven technologies, agencies are able to obtain telecommunications at Whole of Government prices through Head Agreements with standard terms and conditions.

State and Territory Purchasing

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Capital Territory Shared Services Procurement [external site icon]

New South Wales
Office of Government Procurement [external site icon]

Northern Territory
Tenders and Contracts [external site icon]

Queensland
Department of Housing and Public Works - Supply and Disposal  [external site icon]

South Australia
SA Government Tenders and Contracts [external site icon]

Tasmania
Tasmanian Government Tenders [external site icon]

Victoria
Victorian Government Procurement [external site icon]

Western Australia
Western Australia Government Procurement [external site icon]

Information and Communications Technology resources

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

AIIA [external site icon] is the peak body in Australia for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Its mission is to lead and represent the ICT industry to maximise the potential of the Australian economy.

Australian Industry Group - ICT, Electrical and Electronics Industries (formerly AEEMA)

The Australian Industry Group [external site icon] (Ai Group) is a leading industry association in Australia. The Ai Group and the Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (AEEMA) joined together under consolidation arrangements that came into effect in January 2008. It is a leading industry body representing information and communication technology (ICT), electronics and electrical manufacturing industries. Its ICT, electrical and electronics industries members supply infrastructure, products and manufacturing-related services to Australian and world markets.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply – Australia (CIPSA)

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply [external site icon] (CIPS), which is an international organisation based in the UK representing the procurement and supply management profession. With over 40,000 members in 120 countries CIPS is dedicated to promoting best practice and provides a programme of continuous improvement in professional standards, raising awareness of the effective contribution management of supply markets makes to corporate, national and international prosperity.

International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM)

The IACCM [external site icon] is an international organisation which is designed to raise the international status, profile and professionalism of commercial contracting and negotiators handling both buy and sell transactions

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