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Purchasing

The Treasury’s procurement framework reflects the core principle governing Australian Government procurement – value for money. Procurement of all goods and services, including consultancies, is consistent with the requirements of the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. The Treasury applies the guidelines to all its activities through the Chief Executive Instructions and supporting operational guidelines.

The Treasury’s procurement policies and processes help ensure the Treasury undertakes competitive, non-discriminatory procurement processes; uses resources efficiently, effectively, ethically and economically; and makes decisions in an accountable and transparent manner.

Responsibility for procurement is devolved to individual policy groups with support from a central team of procurement specialists. The Treasury supports the decentralised approach to procurement by providing information and training about procurement policies and procedures to all staff, and maintaining a single point of contact for staff to seek advice on the guidelines, Chief Executive Instructions and tendering processes. The Treasury has also developed standard tendering and contracting documentation to ensure procurement practices are consistent across the department.

The Treasury’s procurement framework makes appropriate financial delegates responsible for procurement. Currently, all proposed procurements valued at $10,000 or more are reviewed by the Treasury’s Procurement and Contracts Team to ensure due process is followed.

The Treasury publishes information about significant procurements the department expects to undertake during the following year in an annual procurement plan, available on the AusTender website at www.tenders.gov.au.