Standard commercial framework - guidance for buyers

Updated: 22 Jul 2020
Guidance for buyers on the standard commercial framework for the Performance and Management Services Scheme.

The standard commercial framework ensures better commercial outcomes using:

  • engagement types
  • resource types
  • capped resource rates
  • discount structure
  • capped expenses
  • target resource mix.

The framework applies to the PMS Scheme

The standard commercial framework applies to engagement types 1 to 13 of the Performance and Management Services Scheme (PMS Scheme).

The framework doesn’t apply to:

  • PMS Scheme engagement types 14-15
  • other prequalification schemes.

The standard commercial framework is mandated by PBD-2019-01 Engagement of professional services suppliers.

Access the framework on the Major Suppliers' Portal

The standard commercial framework is available to NSW Government staff with a valid email address via the Major Suppliers' Portal.

You can self-register and gain instant access to the Major Suppliers' Portal.

View a step-by-step registration guide DOCX, 336.97 KB or contact the NSW Procurement Service Centre.

Engaging suppliers that have accepted the framework is simpler

It is easier to engage suppliers that have accepted the standard commercial framework.

Suppliers are listed in the PMS Scheme list of suppliers XLSX, 2223.7 KB or using the scheme explorer on eQuote.

Suppliers that haven’t accepted the standard commercial framework are listed in PBD-2019-01 Engagement of professional services suppliers.

Use the finding suppliers guide DOCX, 1120.97 KB for help with finding suppliers.

Non-compliant engagements need approval and reporting

A more stringent approval process applies for engagements that do not comply with the standard commercial framework. This may include:

  • the supplier has not accepted the standard commercial framework
  • the proposal is not compliant with the standard commercial framework.

For each non-compliant engagement:

  1. Get approval from your Secretary, Executive Agency Head or cluster Chief Financial Officer, but only once satisfied that the work cannot be undertaken under the standard commercial framework.
  2. Ensure engagements are competitively bid with at least 3 quotes to ensure value for money.
  3. Report the engagement via the Major Suppliers' Portal. See the reporting non-compliant engagements guide DOCX, 2413.29 KB.