Several rules and policies govern how you must select the supplier in any procurement.
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What you need to know
- You generally must select suppliers based on evaluation criteria. You must also do this within a framework of probity and fairness.
- For goods and services contracts under $50,000, you may be able to buy directly from certain suppliers.
- When you’re selecting a supplier, you have special obligations to SMEs and regional businesses, as well as Aboriginal businesses. You must consider these first for some contracts under $250,000.
- You can also engage Australian Disability Enterprises for contracts of any value based on one written quote.
You must give suppliers specific evaluation criteria they must meet if they are to be successful in tendering for government work.
Probity and fairness
You must always conduct procurements in a framework of probity and fairness.
Supporting SMEs and regional businesses
Buyers must make small and medium enterprises and regional businesses their first priority.
Aboriginal businesses should be awarded at least 3 per cent of domestic goods and services contracts by 2021.