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An overview of Government procurement. Procurement and Property Branch. Government procurement policy. Government procurement governed by: Treasurer's Instructions (established under Financial Management and Audit Act 1990 ) - available at www.treasury.tas.gov.au ;

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an overview of government procurement

An overview of Government procurement

Procurement and Property Branch

government procurement policy
Government procurement policy
  • Government procurement governed by:
    • Treasurer's Instructions (established under Financial Management and Audit Act 1990) - available at www.treasury.tas.gov.au;
    • The procurement chapters of various free trade arrangements:
      • Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement;
      • Australia – United States Free Trade Agreement; and
      • Other approved FTAs (eg Chile FTA).
  • Government procurement policy applies to all inner Budget agencies (and some related entities):
    • but not to Local Government or Government owned businesses (eg Aurora, Hydro, Transend, TT Line, Tasrail, Tasracing, Tasports etc).

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procurement principles
Procurement principles
  • Core Procurement Principles:
    • Value for money;
    • Open and effective competition;
    • Conducting purchasing activities ethically and in accordance with the code of conduct; and
    • Enhancing opportunities for local business.
  • All Government procurement must be undertaken in accordance with these principles:
    • Expending public monies requires high ethical standards and sound justification of the expenditure.

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procurement practices processes
Procurement practices/processes
  • Under the principles, instructions and processes for various types of Government purchasing:
    • Thresholds for procurement method:
      • All procurements – $10K or less at discretion of each agency;
      • Goods & services – over $10K to under $100K (quotes), $100K and above (open tenders);
      • Building & construction – over $10K to under $100K (quotes), $100K and above (tenders);
      • Roads and bridges – over $10K to under $250K (quotes) and $250K and above (tenders).
    • Prequalification for building and construction procurements.
    • Exemptions from prescribed processes for certain circumstances.
  • Each agency is responsible for its own procurement:
    • Some whole of Government contracts (eg: vehicles, advertising, ICT).

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tasmanian businesses
Tasmanian businesses
  • Government agencies must ensure local businesses are given the opportunity to compete for Government business:
    • Approach local suppliers (ICN help agencies identify local businesses);
    • Account for benefits of buying locally in value for money assessment;
    • Debrief (on request) suppliers to improve future competitiveness.
  • Enhancing opportunities for local business does not equate to giving preference to local business:
    • Restrictions on procurement practices by international agreementsprohibit Government mandating local products or local suppliers;
    • To do so would breach obligations and may lead to other states and party countries invoking sanctions.
  • During 2011-12, Tasmanian businesses successful in around 88 per cent of open Government procurements in which Tasmanian business competed.

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prequalification
Prequalification
  • Agencies required to use prequalified consultants/contractors, where categories exist, for building & construction, maintenance and roads & bridges above certain values.
  • For works outside the prequalification categories, assessment of the capacity of contractor/consultant is part of the evaluation process.
  • There are three prequalification schemes:
    • Austroads National Prequalification System for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction Contracts (for contractors);
    • Treasury Prequalification Scheme for Building and Construction (contractors $100K and above, consultants all procurements); and
    • National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building at or above $50 million (for contractors).

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the procurement process
The procurement process
  • Agency releases request for tender (open to all) or quotation (selected parties) with:
    • conditions of procurement, conditions of contract, specification and response form/schedule.
  • Interested suppliers provide submissions, including signed response forms, prices and all required information.
  • Agency evaluates submissions, identifies preferred supplier and commence contract negotiations.
  • Unsuccessful suppliers should ask for a debrief once advised of process outcome:
    • Agencies must advise all tenderers of the outcome of the process and offer a debrief.

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tips and checks
Tips and checks
  • What are the evaluation criteria?:
    • This is what the agency will use to evaluate your submission – make sure your submission provides compelling information for each criterion.
    • Ensure you can meet any mandatory criteria (eg licensing or qualifications).
  • Present information clearly and concisely:
    • If no response schedules are provided, then list each evaluation criterion as a heading, avoid jargon and provide any detailed information as appendices.
  • Make yourself known to the contact officer:
    • A simple call to say you will be submitting and to clarify what is really important to the agency is a highly effective strategy.
  • Ensure you fully complete the price/cost schedule (check whether prices are ex/inc GST) and sign the response form.
  • Make your bid competitive – it is about value for money to the Government (and therefore to Tasmanian taxpayers).
  • Start your submission early and submit on time.

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on line resources for business
On-line resources for business
  • Winning Government Business website for suppliers:
    • Resources, tips and advice on how to find and win business with the Government.
    • www.purchasing.tas.gov.au > Winning Government Business.
  • The Tasmanian Government Tenders website.
    • Information on anticipated, current and closed procurements (valued at $100K or more) and details of awarded contracts (valued at $50K or more).
    • Automatic email notification of new Tenders to registered suppliers.
    • www.tenders.tas.gov.au.
  • New guides and documents to assist small business:
    • New Buy Locally Guides to assist:
      • suppliers to highlight the benefits of buying locally in their submissions; and
      • Government buyers assess the impacts of buying locally in their tender evaluations.
    • Simplified procurement documents for low value/low risk Government procurements (generally those less than $100K).

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registering on www tenders tas gov au
Registering on www.tenders.tas.gov.au
  • Suppliers can register (free of charge) to:
    • Receive updates on procurements in various categories; and
    • Download tender documents and electronically lodge tenders (for procurements where allowed).

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registering on www tenders tas gov au1
Registering on www.tenders.tas.gov.au
  • Click on the register link and fill in the basic account details, then select the register button.

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registering on www tenders tas gov au2
Registering on www.tenders.tas.gov.au
  • The website will send an email to the address entered in the previous step.
  • Click on the link to proceed to the final step.

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registering on www tenders tas gov au3
Registering on www.tenders.tas.gov.au
  • Fill in the remaining details of your account.
  • If you wish to be notified of procurements by email, ensure that you select the option and the categories which are appropriate to your business.
  • This page also contains a link to information on each category.

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contact information
Contact information
  • Tender/Quotation contact officer:
    • details provided in procurement documentation issued.
  • Agency procurement officers:
    • Listed on www.purchasing.tas.gov.au>winning government business.
  • Tasmanian Government Tenders website:
  • Website: www.tenders.tas.gov.au
  • Telephone: 6233 3885
  • Email: tenders@treasury.tas.gov.au
  • Treasury Prequalification Scheme Building and Construction and NPS for Non-residential Building:
  • Telephone: 6233 2917
  • Email: prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au
  • Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources - Austroads NPS for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction Contracts:
  • Website: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/contract_tenders

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