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Procurement

During the 2019–20 period, ASD adhered to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) and associated policy and guidelines. ASD continued to use its two professional services panels to meet the majority of its contractor capability delivery and support requirements.

In accordance with the CPRs, ASD made use of whole-of-government and coordinated procurement arrangements, with a particular focus on the purchase of equipment and systems, through the Digital Transformation Agency. ASD leveraged Department of Defence procurement mechanisms where these offered economy-of-scale benefits to both parties.

ASD's procurement compliance was reviewed by management and reported to ASDARC during 2019–20. No significant issues have been identified and compliance was acceptable during the reporting period.

In relation to procurement, no financial material issues have been identified. However, internal audits noted opportunities for improvements in the existing procurement capability in terms of training and competency, delegation framework and ensuring an overall risk-based approach is adopted in establishing the procurement arrangements.