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Procurement

In 2018–19, PM&C undertook procurement and purchasing activities in accordance with the principles set out in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).

The CPRs are applied to PM&C’s procurement activities through the Secretary’s Instructions (now Accountable Authority Instructions) and Financial Rules and are supported by the provision of centralised advice on all procurement matters. This ensures that PM&C undertakes competitive, non-discriminatory procurement processes; uses resources efficiently, effectively, economically and ethically; and makes decisions in an accountable manner.

In 2018–19, PM&C awarded over 98 new contracts to Indigenous businesses. This represents around 11 per cent of the total 881 PM&C contracts with a value over $10,000 awarded in 2018–19. The total estimated contract value of contracts that PM&C awarded to Indigenous businesses in 2018–19 was $21.95 million, or around an estimated 17 per cent of total contract value. PM&C has refreshed its Indigenous Procurement Strategy in line with the 2019–20 PM&C Reconciliation Action Plan.

PM&C’s standard contract templates include provisions allowing the Auditor-General to have access to the relevant contractor’s premises. Contracts of $100,000 or greater (inclusive of GST) that were let during 2018–19 provided for the Auditor-General to have access to the relevant contractor’s premises where appropriate.

There were no contracts in 2018–19 in excess of $10,000 (inclusive of GST) that were exempt from being reported on AusTender on the basis that they would disclose exempt matters under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Information on procurements expected to be undertaken in 2019–20 through an open approach to market is published in PM&C’s annual procurement plan, available on the AusTender website (www.tenders.gov.au).