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Purchasing

The Office is committed to achieving the best value for money in procurement activities and manages this using procurement practices that are consistent with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. This includes the use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite to prepare approaches to market and to formalise contracts. The procurement practices are supported by the Accountable Authority Instructions and internal policies and guidelines.

To improve efficiency in procurement, the Office accesses established procurement panels where possible. The Office supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website. The Office’s procurement methods do not discriminate against small and medium-sized enterprises.

Our policies and processes include a requirement to visit the Supply Nation website first, to check whether any Indigenous businesses can provide the goods or services required. We seek to enter into engagements with Indigenous businesses where possible, ensuring that the arrangement adheres to the value for money and best fit principles. All procurements entered into by the Office are done on the basis of value for money and best fit.

All procurements that are in excess of $10,000 are published on AusTender as soon as practicable.