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Purchasing and procurement

​​Procurement

As a non-corporate Commonwealth entity, our purchasing and procurement policies and practices are consistent with:

  • all relevant Commonwealth legislation
  • the Australian Government financial framework, including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, and
  • the Chief Executive Instructions and relevant Clean Energy Regulator policies.

All open tender opportunities of $80 000 and above (inclusive of GST) are advertised on the AusTender website. We review all procurements of $50 000 and above (inclusive of GST) to ensure they are conducted in accordance with the procurement framework. The procurement methods aim not to discriminate against small and medium-sized enterprises.

We update our Annual Procurement Plan quarterly. This plan, available on the AusTender website, outlines the planned procurement for the forthcoming year. This gives prospective suppliers the opportunity to prepare for potential work with our agency.

Consultants

We procure consultancy services in accordance with our procurement framework.

Seven new consultancy contracts were awarded during 2015–16 involving total actual expenditure of $425 917.35 (inclusive of GST).

Two consultancy contracts, involving total actual expenditure of $74 700.00 (inclusive of GST), were ongoing in 2015–16.

All consultancy contracts valued at $10 000 (inclusive of GST) or more that were awarded in 2015–16 are published on the AusTender website.

This annual report contains information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of individual contracts for consultancies is available on the AusTender website at www.tenders.gov.au.

Engagement of consultants

We engage consultants through fair and equitable processes, selecting multiple providers through panel or open tender processes and conducting a value for money assessment. We conduct all procurement activities in accordance with policies, regulations and legislative requirements.

Image acknowledgment: Clean Energy Regulator. Capital Wind Farm, New South Wales, Renewable Energy Target.

IN 2015–16 WE ENTERED INTO THREE CONTRACTS AND ONE SUB-CONTRACT ARRANGEMENT WITH INDIGENOUS SUPPLIERS.

Image acknowledgment: Clean Energy Regulator. Capital Wind Farm, New South Wales, Renewable Energy Target.

Australian National Audit Office access clauses

Any contracts of $100 000 (inclusive of GST) or more awarded during 2015–16 included a provision for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises.

Exempt contracts

In 2015–16, the Chief Executive Officer did not exempt any standing offer or contract in excess of $10 000 (inclusive of GST) from being published on the AusTender website.

Procurement initiatives to support small business

We support small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and medium enterprises and small enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance website: www.finance.gov.au/procurement/statistics-on-commonwealth-purchasing-contracts/.

Consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, we use the following initiatives and practices to support small and medium enterprises:

  • the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low-risk procurements valued under $200 000
  • Australian Industry Participation Plans in whole-of-government procurement where applicable
  • the Small Business Engagement Principles (outlined in the Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda), such as communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format, and
  • electronic systems or other processes used to facilitate on-time payment performance, including the use of payment cards.

We recognise the importance of ensuring that small businesses are paid on time. The results of the Survey of Australian Government Payments to Small Business are available on the Treasury's website: www.treasury.gov.au.

We comply with the requirements set out in the Indigenous Procurement Policy. In 2015–16 we entered into three contracts and one sub-contracting arrangement for the supply of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers.

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