Cooperative procurement enables the use of a procurement contract by more than one entity. This can be achieved through either a joint approach to the market and/or where an entity establish a contract or standing offer arrangement that allows other entities access (often referred to as piggybacking).
Cooperative procurement makes better use of entities resources by reducing the number of administrative processes and sharing the procurement and contract management process workload. For example; efficiencies may be derived from conducting one procurement process and maintaining one contract in lieu of many.
Entities may also be able to leverage better prices and services arrangements where they consolidate their procurement needs.
Entities should identify which cooperative model best suits their needs. Information and guidance is available Buying.
The DHS print services arrangement is an example of cooperative procurement that originated in the DHS portfolio but, sought other interested entities input before agreeing the print services business requirements and subsequent approach to the market.
- Multi entity approach to the market
- Entity piggybacking clauses
- Entity initiate
Examples of Cooperative Procurement arrangements in place
|Good or Service||Overview|
|Accounting and related Professional Services||Contracts templates for inclusion in approach to market.|
|Actuarial Services Panel||Optional|
|APSC Capability and Development Panel||Optional
Access is open to NCCE and CCE. 
|ICT Contracts (Source IT)||