Procurement Connected Policies

Resource Management Guide 415 (RMG 415) 'Commonwealth Grants and Procurement Connected Policies' applies to all non-corporate Commonwealth entities.

RMG 415 outlines the administrative framework to ensure future Grants-Connected Policies (GCPs) and Procurement-Connected Policies (PCPs) are applied effectively at a whole-of-government level. RMG 415 details the steps a Commonwealth entity must take to establish a recognised GCP or PCP.

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Procurement Connected Policies

  1. The following table lists the policies of the Commonwealth that relate to procurement. It does not preclude officials applying any other Government policy that may relate directly to a specific project or procurement.
  2. Policy departments (the entity originating the respective policies) are responsible for the implementation of all aspects of their policy (or policies) listed in the table.
  3. Officials are responsible for informing themselves of the policies that apply to a specific procurement. They should refer to their entity's Accountable Authority Instructions for guidance and, if needed, approach the relevant policy department for further information on a specific policy.
  4. For further information and advice on policies that interact with procurement, consult the relevant policy department shown in the table below.
  5. Corporate Commonwealth entities are subject to policies where applied under a Government Policy Order.
Procurement Connected Policies - Satisfactory Tax Records
Policy / Guidance Policy Description Policy Department Contact

Black Economy – increasing the integrity of government procurement 

The policy requires, from 1 July 2019, businesses seeking to tender for Australian Government procurement contracts over $4 million (including GST) to provide a statement from the Australian Taxation Office showing they have a satisfactory tax record.

The policy was developed to increase the integrity of government procurement, as recommended in the Black Economy Taskforce’s final report published in December 2017.

All non-corporate Commonwealth entities must comply with the policy.

The Department of the Treasury

For policy enquiries:

For information on how to apply for a statement of tax record:


Procurement Connected Policies - Social Inclusion
Policy / Guidance Policy Description Policy Department Contact

Indigenous Procurement Policy

The IPP, intended to stimulate Indigenous entrepreneurship and business development, providing Indigenous Australians with more opportunities to participate in the economy, has three key components:

  1. A target for purchasing from Indigenous enterprises;
  2. A mandatory set-aside to direct some Commonwealth contracts to Indigenous enterprises; and
  3. Minimum Indigenous participation requirements for certain Commonwealth contracts

The policy applies to all non-corporate Commonwealth entities subject to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. Other entities are encouraged to adopt the policy as best practice.

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles and User Guide

To be considered for Australian Government procurement contracts valued at or above the relevant procurement thresholds, certain tenderers (employers with 100 or more employees in Australia) must be able to demonstrate they are compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 by supplying a letter of compliance either with their submission to an approach to market or before entering into a contract.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Workplace Gender Equality Agency
(02) 9432 7000

Procurement Connected Policies - Australian Industry Participation
Policy / Guidance Policy Description Policy Department Contact

Australian Industry Participation Plans for Government Procurement

The Australian Industry Participation (AIP) National Framework applies to major Commonwealth Government procurements ($20 million and more).

Successful tenderers for certain Commonwealth procurements are required to prepare and implement an AIP Plan.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Australian Industry Participation Policy Team
02 6213 6404

Procurement Connected Policies - Building Codes
Policy / Guidance Policy Description Policy Department Contact

Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (Building Code 2016)

Relevant Commonwealth entities are required to apply the Building Code 2016 to all Commonwealth funded building work undertaken for, or on behalf of a funding entity, if the funding entity issued the expression of interest or request for tender on or after 2 December 2016.

The Building Code 2016 also applies to building work that is indirectly funded where the Commonwealth’s contribution is:

  • at least $5 million and represents at least 50% of the total construction project value; or
  • at least $10 million (irrespective of its proportion of the total construction project value).

Relevant Commonwealth entities are required to apply the Building Code 2013 (and the Building Code 2013 – Supporting Guidelines (April 2016)) when managing construction contracts for building work where tenders were submitted prior to 2 December 2016. These guidelines assist officials with implementation.

Attorney- General’s Department
1800 003 338


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