Foreword

I am pleased to make these Commonwealth Procurement Rules under section 105B(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The previous Commonwealth Procurement Rules (F2018L01522) are repealed when this instrument commences on 20 April 2019.

The Commonwealth Procurement Rules are the keystone of the Government's procurement policy framework. They are supported by a range of tools including the AusTender system, guidance material and templates developed and maintained by the Department of Finance to ensure accountability and transparency, and reduce the costs and complexity of conducting business with the Government.

Achieving value for money is the core rule of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules as it is critical to ensuring that public resources are used in the most efficient, effective, ethical and economic manner. However, it is important to remember that price is not the only factor when assessing value for money, and officials are required to consider all relevant financial and non-financial costs and benefits associated with a procurement.

There is sufficient flexibility in these rules to provide opportunities for innovation and for officials to design processes that reflect the size, scope and risk of the procurement. The framework reflects officials' responsibilities, including under the PGPA Act and Australia's international obligations, and factors that must be considered in meeting the core rule of achieving value for money.

Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance and the Public Service


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