What is Whole-of-Government?

These are arrangements established to benefit most if not all Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entities (NCCE) when they procure goods and services. Whole-of-government arrangements may take the form of a contract, standing offer and/or template documentation.

These contracts and arrangements have been variously established by lead entities including Defence and Finance. For example; the Volume Sourcing Arrangement with Microsoft that came from the coordinated procurement initiative.

Generally whole-of-government contracts and arrangements are for use by NCCEs and their use may be mandated.


Whole-of-government arrangements are established for a number of reasons; to give effect to government policy decisions, to improve consistency and control and to deliver savings and efficiencies.


Whole-of-government arrangements are established from time to time through a tender process and may be led by an entity (lead entity) with policy responsibility or expertise in the particular goods or services.

The coordinated procurement contracting initiative is establishing whole-of-government contracts and arrangements where savings and efficiencies can be delivered to entities.

Entities use of some contracts and arrangements is mandatory. 

  • All entities
  • Often mandatory
  • Generally initiated by government

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Last updated: 01 July 2014