Directions made under the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 by the Minister give directions about the management of the procurement activities of Territory entities.
GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (CHARTER OF PROCUREMENT VALUES) DIRECTION 2020
The ACT Government is proud to be an aware and informed purchaser and is committed to active consideration of a range of ethical, environmental, economic and social factors to ensure that procurement processes and outcomes reflect the values of the ACT Government and the community.
The Government Procurement (Charter of Procurement Values) Direction 2020 (Direction) commenced on 8 September 2020. It applies to all new procurements regardless of dollar value.
The Direction incorporates the Charter of Procurement Values (Charter). The Charter aims to reflect community standards by expressing the ACT Government’s expectations of itself and its suppliers, through six procurement values that the ACT Government seeks to embed in its procurement.
COVID-19 recovery through values-led procurement
The Recovery through Values-led Procurement Factsheet outlines how Government procurement can support recovery in the community after disaster and crisis events.
RESOURCES AND TEMPLATES
The Frequently Asked Questions document provides Territory Entities and suppliers with key information about the Direction.
The Procurement Values Guide (Guide) provides detailed information and guidance to Territory Entities and suppliers on the application of the Direction and the Procurement Values to individual procurements.
GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT (ETHICAL TREATMENT OF WORKERS EVALUATION) DIRECTION 2021
The ACT Government is committed to achieving better outcomes for Canberra’s workers and supporting businesses with the highest ethical and labour standards through our procurement practices.
The Government Procurement (Ethical Treatment of Workers Evaluation) Direction 2021 (the ETWE Direction) commenced on 1 February 2022. The requirements of the ETWE Direction applies to all procurements:
- to which a Secure Local Jobs Code applies,
- that has a total estimated value of $200 000 or more,
- which is conducted by public tender.
The Government Procurement (Ethical Treatment of Workers Evaluation) Direction 2023 (No 1 ) commences on 3 April 2023. From 3 April, the ETWE will apply to all procurements:
- to which a Secure Local Jobs Code applies, and
- that has a total estimated value of $200 000 or more.
The ETWE Direction requires supplier behaviour and business practices align to the Fair and Safe Conditions for Workers Procurement Value and also ensures suppliers remain compliant with their obligations under the Secure Local Jobs Code.
For procurements that were released to the market prior to 3 April 2023 please refer to the Government Procurement (Ethical Treatment of Workers Evaluation) Direction 2021.
For further information, visit Ethical Treatment of Workers Evaluation.
RESOURCES AND TEMPLATES
The Ethical Treatment of Workers - Guide for Respondents assists respondents in better understanding and appropriately addressing the requirements of the Ethical Treatment of Worker’s Evaluation when preparing their responses to Territory procurements.
The Fair and Safe Employment Criteria Response Schedule is a sample of the template that respondents must complete when responding to a procurement where the ETWE Direction applies.
The Territory has a number of policies and strategies that need to be considered when a Territory entity is undertaking a procurement. These include:
Territory officers are encouraged to seek quotes from relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Enterprises wherever possible, driving growth in economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprises through an increase to the ACT Government’s spend with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprises. For more information see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy.
The Canberra Region Local Industry Participation Policy (LIPP) applies to all approaches to market by Territory entities as implemented from 1 January 2017.
Territory entities must consider local capability and economic benefits for the Canberra Region when determining the best available procurement outcome.
LIPP requirements will be stated at the initial invitation stage of a procurement process for procurements $200,000 or above (GST inclusive).
Businesses responding to a Territory entity procurement of $200,000 or more and less than $5 million (GST inclusive) will be required to complete an Economic Contribution Test (ECT).
For procurements $5 million and above (GST inclusive) respondents will be required to submit a Local Industry Participation (LIP) plan. The successful bidder will also be required to report on their IP plan outcomes as part of the contract terms.
A non-project specific ECT is required for businesses responding to a request to join a standing offer arrangement or panel (ECT – Panel Establishment/Standing Offer Arrangements).
Below are the ECT and LIP templates. These templates are subject to the value of the procurement.
Goods and Services (non-construction related)
For goods and services (non-construction related work) templates are issued as part of the documentation package in the approach to market.
For information about construction related procurement please visit Major Projects Canberra.
For information about unsolicited proposals see Infrastructure Finance and Reform.
The Territory has released a new Probity in Procurement Guide to provide guidance on probity and how to maintain probity in ACT Government procurement processes.
Procurement Factsheets and Better Practice Guidance
The following factsheets and Better Practice Guidance provide guidance on key procurement topics as they relate to the Territory. Users should seek advice from Procurement ACT for any specific matters.
- Addressable Spend under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy
- Australian New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA)
- Definition of a Territory Entity
- Definition of Procurement
- Disposal of assets
- Distinguishing Procurements from Grants
- Free Trade Agreements
- Plastic Reduction Act 2021
- Procurement during the Caretaker Period
- Procurement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Enterprises
- Procurement Record Keeping
- Risk Management
- The Procurement Framework