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4.5: Purchasing

The ARC’s approach to purchasing is consistent with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and the PGPA Act, which regulate how agencies govern and undertake procurement. Detailed policies and procedures relating to procurement are also outlined in the ARC Chief Executive Instructions and specific policy and procedure guides (such as those for travel and use of Commonwealth credit cards). All policies and procedures are reviewed periodically and updated as required.

The Finance Section bears responsibility for procurement within the ARC. Finance Section staff provide information and training about procurement policies and procedures as required.

The ARC publishes information on proposed procurements in the Annual Procurement Plan—Australian Research Council, available from the AusTender website, www.tenders.gov.au > Planned Procurements > List By Agency. This plan gives potential suppliers early notice of significant planned procurements for the coming year. All procurements over $10,000 are published on the AusTender website.