FWBC’s procurement policies reflect the principles of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules 2012 (CPRs).

FWBC applies the following criteria to all procurement activities:

  • value for money

  • encouraging competition

  • efficient, effective and ethical use of resources

  • accountability and transparency.

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

All FWBC procurements with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $80,000 (including GST) are subject to a competitive supplier quotation and evaluation process to ensure value for money is 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 CPRs) unless these procurements meet the CPRs 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.

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

Whenever possible, small and medium sized businesses are encouraged to tender for FWBC’s business.

FWBC has an annual procurement plan outlining expected major procurement activity. This is published on the AusTender web site.

FWBC also lists contracts valued at $100,000 or more which have not been fully performed or which have been entered into during the previous 12 months on FWBC’s web site, 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.