The ABCC’s procurement policies reflected the principles of the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines 2008 (CPGs).

The ABCC applied the following criteria to all procurement activities:

  • value for money
  • encouraging competition
  • efficient, effective and ethical use of resources
  • accountability and transparency.

The ABCC’s primary strategy for obtaining value for money was to access existing Commonwealth panel or coordinated contract arrangements and cluster with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and other larger Australian Government agencies, where applicable, when procuring goods and services.

All ABCC procurements with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $50,000 (including GST) were subject to a competitive supplier quotation and evaluation process to ensure value for money was achieved.

All FWBC procurements with an estimated value greater than $80,000 (including GST) are subject to an open approach to the market (in line with the mandatory requirements of the CPGs) unless these procurements meet the CPGs conditions for direct sourcing. Such procurements are also required to be reviewed by FWBC’s Contract Management Committee to ensure value for money is achieved.

ABCC procurements with an estimated value between $50,000 and $80,000 (including GST) were subject to a competitive supplier quotation and evaluation process and review by the ABCC’s Contract Management Committee to ensure value for money was achieved.

All ABCC procurements with an estimated value greater than $80,000 (including GST) were subject to an open approach to the market (in line with the mandatory requirements of the CPGs) unless these procurements met the CPGs conditions for direct sourcing. Such procurements were also required to be reviewed by ABCC’s Contract Management Committee to ensure value for money was achieved.

All open approaches to the market were advertised on the AusTender website. All purchases greater than $10,000 (including GST) or more were reported in AusTender.

Whenever possible, small and medium sized businesses were encouraged to tender for the ABCC’s business.

The ABCC had an annual procurement plan outlining expected major procurement activity. This was published on the AusTender website.

The ABCC also listed contracts valued at $100,000 or more which had not been fully performed or which had been entered into during the previous 12 months on the ABCC’s website, in accordance with the Senate Order of 20 June 2001.

Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website www.tenders.gov.au