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Small Business Support

The NCA supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website.

The NCA seeks to support SMEs, consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. It ensures that its communications are expressed in clear and simple language.

The NCA provides guidance and instruction to its employees regarding procurement policy, procedure and best practice through its Accountable Authority Instructions (AAIs).

The NCA also provides procurement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and general guidance information through its information management system and its intranet. NCA employees are encouraged to consider the inclusion of SMEs in all their procurement and purchasing undertakings.

In the NCA AAIs and SOPs the NCA has mandated the use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for appropriate procurement processes and contracts up to $200,000. This is in accordance with the Resource Management Guide 420 – Mandatory Use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for procurement under $200,000.

The NCA recognises 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 Department of the Treasury’s website.

The NCA complies with all payment requirements, aiming to ensure that invoices that are correctly rendered are paid within 20 days of the date of receipt of the invoice. For 2019-20, the NCA paid 96% of invoices within 20 days.

During 2019-20 the NCA made total payments of $12,010,308 to 235 small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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