Policy Framework Understanding the Australian Government’s procurement policy framework (the framework) is the key to ensuring optimal value for money in purchasing decisions. Accountability and Transparency Procurement officials play a critical role in helping the Australian Government achieve program outcomes while also ensuring the Government maintains a strong accountability and transparency framework. Procurement Practice This section is about assisting procurement officials to engage in sound procurement practices and includes guidance on conducting standard tender processes and establishing and using panels. Reporting requirements This section includes guidance designed to assist officials to comply with procurement policy framework requirements in relation to AusTender, including contract reporting requirements, Annual Procurement Plans, and reporting consultancies and confidentiality clauses. Contract issues These guides contain information on managing a contract, as well as information that will assist agencies decide the need for, and the type of, assessment to be undertaken in determining a potential supplier’s financial viability. COVID-19 – Procurement Policy Note The purpose of this procurement policy note is to assist entities who are considering undertaking procurements in the current COVID-19 environment or are addressing contractual matters with affected suppliers.