United Nations standard products and service codes

Indigenous AffairsEconomic DevelopmentIndigenous Procurement Policy
Monday, 26 November 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The United Nations standard products and services code (UNSPSC) is an open, global, multi-sector standard for efficient accurate classification of products and services for buying, selling or otherwise exchanging goods and services in the global marketplace. 

The United Nations standard products and services code (UNSPSC) is an open, global, multi-sector standard for efficient accurate classification of products and services for buying, selling or otherwise exchanging goods and services in the global marketplace. 

The UNSPSC is used for reporting procurement activity across the Australian Government, including under the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP). The UNSPSC is used by portfolios to decide whether a contract must meet mandatory minimum requirements (MMR). The mandatory minimum requirements are minimum levels of Indigenous employment and supplier use that must be met over the life of a contract.

This approach ensures First Australians gain skills and economic benefit from some of the bigger contracts awarded by the Australian Government, including in remote areas.

Codes for mandatory minimum requirements

MMRs for Indigenous participation apply to new contracts delivered in Australia that are valued at $7.5 million (GST inclusive) or more, where more than half of the value of the contract is being spent in one or more of the following UNSPSC Industry sectors:

Category ID Full Code: Range Description
72 72000000 – 72999999 Building and Facility Construction and Maintenance Services
78 78000000 – 78999999 Transportation, storage and mail services
86 86000000 – 86999999 Education and training services
76 76000000 – 76999999 Industrial cleaning services
70 70000000 – 70999999 Farming and fishing and forestry and wildlife
82 82000000 – 82999999 Editorial and design and graphic and fine art services
90 90000000 – 90999999 Travel and food and lodging and entertainment services
93 93000000 – 93999999 Politics and civic affairs services

Finding the right code for a product or service

The codes can be accessed at www.unspsc.org. Non-members can access codes via the ‘Search-Code’ tab or by downloading a free pdf list of up-to-date codes from the ‘Codeset-Downloads’ tab.

The easiest way to find a code is to search the codeset online at https://www.unspsc.org/search-code.

A useful feature of the search the code function is to use “%” as a wild card. This can be used for the ‘Search Code’ field and ‘Search Title’ field.

If you want a complete listing of all codes starting with 72 (Building and Facility Construction and Maintenance Services), enter ‘72%’ in the Search Code field. The result returned is five pages of possible codes within this Industry sector range. All codes resulting from this search apply to MMR contracts.

Searching the ‘Title’ field will find the most appropriate 8 digit code to use for a particular good or service.

Entering ‘building%’ in the title field returns a list of codes for goods or services that start with ‘building’. Note results from this search may include categories that are not applicable to MMRs.

 Entering ‘%building%’ in the title field returns a list of codes for goods and services that include ‘building’ in the title.  Note results from this search may include categories that are not applicable to MMRs.

If you are unable to find a code for a good or service, please contact your Portfolio’s procurement team for advice.

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