Procurement Reform - New and improved Policies, Guidelines and Templates from 1 September 2016

The Government’s procurement reform strategy seeks to improve procurement practice across government. The State Procurement Board policies, guidelines and templates have been revised in line with the strategy which comes into effect on 1 September 2016.

In particular, the Simple Procurement Policy has been updated to incorporate the requirements of the Better Customer Charter for Business, with the simple procurement thresholds increased to:

  • a minimum of one quote up to $33,000 (currently $22,000)
  • a minimum of three written quotes to be sought from $33,000 to $220,000
  • a minimum of five written quotes to be sought from $220,000 to $550,000.

Revised market approach documents are available. An Invitation to Supply replaces the Request for Tender and Request for Proposal. There are no longer separate Bid Rules.

A new, simplified Standard Goods and Services Contract template and clause bank template has been developed.

Please note that whilst the mandated policy requirements and templates are for use from 1 September 2016, a transition period to 1 January 2017 allows public authorities sufficient time to fully adopt the new requirements across their procurement operations.