Commonwealth Procurement Rules

From 1 July 2014 non-corporate Commonwealth entities and prescribed corporate Commonwealth entities will be required to comply with the 2014 Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).

The CPRs represent the Government Policy Framework under which entities 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.

A transition document [PDF document344 KB] has been developed to assist entities in understanding the changes in moving from the 2012 CPRs to the 2014 CPRs.

Enquiries can be emailed to the Procurement Agency Advice mailbox.

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

4) Value for money

5) Encouraging competition

6) Efficient, effective and ethical procurement

7) Accountability and transparency in procurement

8) Procurement risk

9) Procurement method

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

10) Additional rules


Appendix A: Exemptions from Division 2

Appendix B: Definitions

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Last updated: 27 November 2015