Commonwealth Procurement Rules

From 1 July 2012 all departments and agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and relevant Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 bodies will be required to comply with the 2012 Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).

The CPRs represent the Government Policy Framework under which agencies govern and undertake their own procurement and combine both Australia's international obligations and good practice. Together, these enable agencies to design processes that are robust, transparent and instill confidence in the Australian Government's procurement.

The CPRs do not alter existing procurement policy, but clarify the CPRs as a rule set, ensure consistent and well understood use of terminology, redefine the procurement methods, and address the recommendation of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) raised in performance audit No.11 2010-11 on Direct Source Procurement.

Enquiries can be emailed to the Procurement Agency Advice mailbox.

Commonwealth Procurement Rules [PDF document2.5MB] - a printable version.

Commonwealth Procurement Rules Contents



  1. Summary of Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  2. Procurement framework
  3. How to use the Commonwealth Procurement Rules

Division 1 - Rules for all Procurements

  1. Value for money
  2. Encouraging competition
  3. Efficient, effective and ethical procurement
  4. Accountability and transparency in procurement
  5. Procurement risk
  6. Procurement method

Division 2- Additional rules for procurements at or above the relevant procurement threshold

  1. Additional rules


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