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Procurement Initiatives to Support Small Business

The Commission supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website: www.finance.gov.au/procurement/statistics-on-commonwealth-purchasing-contracts/

Consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rule, the Commission's procurement practices support SMEs, including via the following initiatives or practices:

  • Using the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low-risk procurements valued under $200,000.
  • Australian Industry Participation Plans in whole-of-government procurement where applicable.
  • Observing the Small Business Engagement Principles (outlined in the government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda), such as communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format.
  • Making use of electronic systems or other processes used to facilitate on-time payment performance, including the use of payment cards.