Procurement Connected Policies

Resource Management Guide 415 (RMG 415) 'Commonwealth Grants and Procurement Connected Policies' takes effect from 15 October 2015 and 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 also 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 / GuidancePolicy DescriptionPolicy DepartmentContact

Black Economy Procurement Connected Policy

The Black Economy Procurement Connected 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.

The Treasury

For policy enquiries:

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

Procurement Connected Policies - Social Inclusion
Policy / GuidancePolicy DescriptionPolicy DepartmentContact

Indigenous Procurement Policy External Link

The Indigenous Procurement Policy took effect from 1 July 2015. It requires Commonwealth entities to award three per cent of Commonwealth contracts to Indigenous businesses in 2016-17.

In addition, the Indigenous Procurement Policy requires that certain contracts be set aside for Indigenous businesses and that some other contracts include mandatory minimum Indigenous employment or supplier use requirements.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles and User Guide External Link

The Workplace Gender Equality Procurement Principles and User Guide (the Principles) require Australian Government agencies to obtain a letter of compliance from certain tenderers (employers with 100 or more employees) which indicates compliance with their obligations under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
The Principles provide advice to entities, tenderers and suppliers, and procuring officials and officers on their roles and responsibilities under the policy.

Department of Employment

Workplace Gender Equality Agency
(02) 9432 7000

Procurement Connected Policies - Australian Industry Participation
Policy / GuidancePolicy DescriptionPolicy DepartmentContact

Australian Industry Participation Plans for Government Procurement External Link

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 Code
Policy / GuidancePolicy DescriptionPolicy DepartmentContact

Building Code 2013 incorporating the Supporting Guidelines for Commonwealth Funding Entities External Link

Relevant Commonwealth entities are required to apply the Building Code 2013 when managing construction contracts for building work where tenders were submitted prior to 2 December 2016. The Guidelines assist officials with implementation.
Applies to directly funded Commonwealth construction projects, and indirectly funded projects where the Australian Government's contribution is:

  • at least $5 million and represents at least 50 per cent of the total construction project value; or
  • $10 million or more, irrespective of the proportion of Australian Government funding.

Department of Employment
1800 003 338

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Last updated: 08 April 2019