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Defence undertakes its procurement in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and Procurement Connected Policies and with Defence-specific procurement policies. These mandatory procurement requirements are expanded, explained and operationalised through the Defence Procurement Policy Manual. To assist Defence officials to comply, Defence also provides procurement guidance, fact sheets, tools and templates that guide, inform and ensure proper consideration and good governance of Defence procurements.

In accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, Defence publishes the Defence Annual Procurement Plan on AusTender (www.tenders.gov.au). The Defence Annual Procurement Plan provides notice to industry of proposed Defence procurements and enables industry to prepare for the competitive tendering phase. Defence also publishes all open tenders on AusTender.