The Department of Finance has reported that for the 2014-15 financial year, WA government agencies undertook 5,571 procurement processes resulting in 6,198 individual supplier contracts with values over $50,000. The combined value of these procurements was $7.19 billion.
To ensure taxpayers receive value for money from government procurement, public authorities are required to comply with State Supply Commission procurement rules. These rules aim to provide suppliers with fair and equitable access to government supply opportunities and so ensure open competition.
The Department of Finance oversees these rules and supports agencies in implementation. Table 1 outlines the fundamental requirements.
These rules apply unless purchasing through a common use contract or a specific exemption is approved.
Other rules also exist to ensure proper implementation of these minimum requirements. Individual agencies should incorporate the minimum requirements and other rules into their own more detailed procurement policies, along with controls to ensure requirements are met.