Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS)

Commonwealth Contracting Suite

From 1 July 2024, the Commonwealth Supplier Code of Conduct will be incorporated into the CCS Terms. To enable Commonwealth entities and businesses to familiarise themselves with the Code clauses ahead of the effective date, a preview of the upcoming terms are available in the below:

On 1 July 2024, the Commonwealth Supplier Code of Conduct (Code) will come into effect.

Further guidance for Commonwealth entities and businesses is available on the Commonwealth Supplier Code of Conduct webpage.

Overview

The CCS (for procurement under $1 million) is a document creation website for Government Officials. It was designed to be consistent with the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015, and to create uniformity across Commonwealth contracts reducing the burden on suppliers contracting with the Commonwealth Government.

Suppliers

You do not need to log in to the CCS to compete for Government business. The Commonwealth entity will provide you with all the documentation that you will require to submit a response. All open business opportunities are advertised on AusTender.

You can access more information or download copies of the CCS Terms and Change Records by using the links below.

Quick Links

Government Officials

The CCS is mandatory for procurements under $200,000 by all non-corporate Commonwealth entities except in specific situations as outlined in the Resource Management Guide No. 420 – Mandatory use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for procurement under $200,000. Corporate Commonwealth entities are encouraged to use best endeavours to apply the policy.

The mandatory components of the CCS are:

  • the Approach to Market (ATM) (incorporating the Glossary, the Commonwealth ATM Terms and the Response to the ATM); and
  • the Commonwealth Contract (incorporating the Glossary, and the Commonwealth Contract Terms).

The ATM and the Commonwealth Contract documentation are available via online smart–forms, accessed using the CCS Links above. Any Additional Contract Terms (included in an ATM) can be negotiated and any costs you incur during negotiation should form part of your value for money assessment.

To ensure official documentation is tailored to your specific procurement, it is important to generate new documents using the smart–forms for each new procurement activity undertaken.

The CCS also includes a range of non-mandatory smart–forms.

The Decision Tree smart-form includes relevant policy and process considerations in the correct order of precedence to assess if the CCS is right for your procurement.

CCS Terms

The following components cannot be changed and are non-negotiable:

Sample Documents

The documents below are samples of a CCS Approach to Market and Commonwealth Contract. These documents are provided for information purposes only and should not be used as templates.

Records of Change

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