Pre-procurement Industry Consultation

Where designated thresholds are met, agencies must provide the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance with a summary of the outcomes of consultation undertaken with industry and local business representatives in the planning stage of a procurement. Agencies are unable to proceed with any procurements referred to Treasury until approval has been provided.

Some exemptions apply and these are detailed below.

Note: This process replaces previous requirements to submit procurements to the Central Procurement Board.

Thresholds at which reports must be submitted to Treasury

The thresholds at which approval of the Secretary of Treasury is required is as follows:

Procurement type

Threshold - estimated procurement value (excluding GST)

Goods and services

More than $5 million

Building and construction/roads and bridges consultancies

More than $5 million

Building and construction works (excluding consultancies)

More than $10 million

Roads and bridges works (excluding consultancies)

More than $15 million

For clarity, procurement includes direct selections as well as all open tenders, selective tenders and quotation processes where the value of the procurement reaches the threshold referred to above.

Exemptions

Class exemptions from the requirement to prepare and submit a pre-procurement industry consultation report may be approved by the Secretary of Treasury in appropriate circumstances. Such exemptions are only granted on a class basis and not for individual procurements.

Agencies can seek a class exemption for any particular type of good or service.

Approved Class Exemptions

The following table contains the current class exemptions from the requirement to prepare and submit a pre-procurement industry consultation report:

Class Exemption Description

Date of Class Exemption

Medical equipment, specialised medical supplies and pharmaceuticals where no local market exists.

16 December 2014

Any procurement that has been approved by the former Central Procurement Board, which has not been commenced by an agency prior to 1 January 2015, provided the procurement commences within six months of the approval by the Board.

18 February 2015