How to buy

Date: 18 Dec 2019 - 27 Apr 2020
Updated: 27 Apr 2020
Type: Whole of government

Under the scheme, the following minimum levels of competition apply:

  • for projects valued at less than or equal to $250,000 (incl. GST), an agency needs to invite at minimum 1 written quotation.
  • for projects valued at more than $250,000 (incl. GST), an agency needs to invite a minimum of 3 quotations. Open invitations to tender are not required when procuring through the scheme.

Accessing the scheme through eQuote

Buyers are able to access the scheme through eQuote, an online system that makes it easy for buyers to obtain quotes and streamline administrative requirements.

The eQuote system allows buyers to download supplier listings, create and issue requests for quotes/proposals and award contracts online.

If your organisation does not have access to the eQuote system and your requirement for a supplier listing is urgent, please email

Tools and templates

Performance evaluation

The feedback of service providers is sought on the use of the scheme. Feedback may be provided at any time as well as following each engagement.

View or download the feedback form for agencies PDF, 178.95 KB.

FAQs for buyers

Who can I contact for further information?

Please send your queries to

Buyers may also use this email address to request support on procurement planning.

For assistance navigating the online portal or making changes to an online profile then please email

How does the scheme relate to Better Placed: An integrated design policy for the Built Environment of New South Wales?

The Government Architect’s Strategy and Design Prequalification Scheme is focused on the delivery of strategic advice, design quality and innovation in the built environment.

The scheme offers a pool of prequalified service providers to assist NSW Government agencies and statutory corporations in engaging external expertise.

Design Capabilities are evaluated in alignment with the seven objectives of Better Placed and the Evaluating Good Design advisory tool.

Can local government authorities use the scheme?

Yes, the scheme is available for any government agency to utilise which includes local government authorities.

How does the scheme align with NSW procurement-related policies?

The Government Architect’s Strategy and Design Prequalification Scheme has been developed to align with NSW Government policy.

This includes supporting diversity of suppliers, streamlining procurement processes and connecting quality suppliers with government projects.

Relevant policies include: