The Australian Government is committed to ensuring accountability and transparency in its procurement activities.
The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) set out the Australian Government’s requirements to publish key information relating to procurement and to report relevant contracts.
Under the devolved procurement framework, individual entities are responsible for conducting their own procurements, including publishing relevant information, and accurately reporting any resulting contracts on AusTender.
Officials from non-corporate Commonwealth entities and prescribed corporate Commonwealth entities must apply the CPRs. These entities are collectively referred to as relevant entities.
Resource Management Guide (RMG) No. 423 Procurement Publishing and Reporting Obligations summarises the publishing and reporting requirements for relevant entities at major stages of the procurement process:
- Part 1 outlines the requirements during the planning stage;
- Part 2 outlines the requirements during the approach to market (ATM); and
- Part 3 outlines the requirements after a process has concluded and a contract has been awarded.
Relevant entities have reporting requirements additional to those in the CPRs arising from annual reporting obligations and government policies. Further links and information are provided in Part 4 of RMG 423.