As a non-corporate Commonwealth entity, our purchasing and procurement policies and practices are consistent with:
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. Our 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.
We procure consultancy services in accordance with our procurement framework.
We awarded 13 new consultancy contracts during 2016–17, involving total actual expenditure of $2 108 881 (inclusive of GST).
Five consultancy contracts, involving total actual expenditure of $453 028 (inclusive of GST), were ongoing in 2016–17.
All consultancy contracts valued at $10 000 (inclusive of GST) or more awarded in 2016–17 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.
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.
Any contracts of $100 000 (inclusive of GST) or more awarded during 2016–17 included a provision for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor’s premises.
In 2016–17 the Chair did not exempt any standing offer or contract in excess of $10 000 (inclusive of GST) from being published on the AusTender website36.
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.
Consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, we use the following initiatives and practices to support small and medium enterprises:
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.
We comply with the requirements set out in the Indigenous Procurement Policy. In 2016–17 we entered into six contracts and one sub-contracting arrangement for the supply of goods and services from Indigenous suppliers.
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