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.
Note: Following the introduction of the Secure Local Jobs Code (Code) businesses who tender for construction, cleaning, security or traffic management work will need to meet workplace standards in the Code and have a Code Certificate.
Businesses must in addition to LIPP requirements, complete and submit the relevant Labour Relations, Training and Workplace Equity (LRTWE) plan for work valued over $25,000. If your business falls under the Code, the templates which include the LIP and ECT template can be found at: Secure Local Jobs Resources
Below are the templates the ECT and LIP. These templates are subject to the value of the procurement, to be used when the nature of the procurement does not require respondents to have a Code Certificate.
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.
|CBR Region Local Industry Participation Plan (LIPP) ECT ($200k-$5m)||153kb|
|CBR Region Local Industry Participation Plan (LIPP) IP Plan ($5m-)||155kb|
Social procurement is when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the procurement. It helps to build strong communities by generating employment opportunities and promoting social inclusion. The ACT Government has establish the Social enterprises panel which provides a range of services to government.
Sustainable procurement achieves value for money through a consideration of environmental, social and economic cost and non-cost factors on a whole of life basis. The Sustainable Procurement Policy outlines the principles of procuring sustainably and provides guidance on how to conduct sustainable procurement of goods, services and works. Sustainable procurement is particularly important in the planning phase.
For information about unsolicited proposals see Infrastructure Finance and Reform.
For information about construction related procurement please visit Major Projects Canberra.
The following factsheets provide guidance on key procurement topics as they relate to the Territory. Please note some of these factsheets are under review. Users should seek advice from Procurement ACT for any specific matters.
- Procurement overview
- Australian Free Trade Agreements (Word) (PDF)
- Australian New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA)
- Debriefing unsuccessful tenderers
- Disposal of assets
- Emergency relief and disaster recovery
- Industry briefing and site inspections for a procurement process (after advertising for respondents)
- Interest on commercial accounts
- Managing financial risks through the use of insurances, indemnities and performance guarantees
- Moral rights
- Notifiable and reportable contracts
- Notifiable contract variations
- Optimising whole of life costs
- Panel contracts / standing offer arrangements
- Principal controlled insurance for construction works
- Privacy issues in ACT Government purchasing
- Probity and ethical behaviour
- Quotation and tender thresholds
- Risk management
- Select and single select procurement
- Social procurement