Annual Report
2012–13

Purchasing

Our procurement policies and practices reflect the principles set out in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs). We focus on:

  • value for money
  • encouraging competition
  • the efficient, effective, economical and ethical use of Government resources
  • accountability and transparency
  • compliance with other Australian Government policies.

Our Chief Executive’s Instruction on procurement reflects these principles and the need for compliance with Commonwealth policy by all staff when choosing procurement methods, sourcing potential suppliers or entering into contracts. As part of these arrangements, in 2012–13 we published details of:

  • publicly-available business opportunities with a value of $80,000 or more on AusTender www.tenders.gov.au
  • actual contracts awarded with a value of $10,000 or more on AusTender www.tenders.gov.au
  • actual contracts with a value of $100,000 or more on our website www.dpmc.gov.au, as required by Senate Order 192.

All major contracts for activities previously performed in-house included a requirement for contractors to allow access to their premises by the ANAO. Information on our planned procurement for the coming year, giving prospective suppliers the opportunity to plan for potential work with the Department, is published in our Annual Procurement Plan, which is available at www.tenders.gov.au. There were no contracts in 2012–13 that were exempt from being reported on AusTender.