|What is a free trade agreement?|
|Are the whole-of-government common use contracts compulsory or can I use another supplier?|
A Free trade agreement is a negotiated agreement between two or more countries to form a free trade area. The free trade area increases trade between the signatories through the removal of tariffs, quotas, "buy local" penalties and other trade barriers.
For further information on free trade agreements that impact Tasmanian Government procurement please see the Treasurer's Instructions 1102 and 1202 and the Free Trade Agreements Guideline.
Under the Treasurer's Instruction 1112 Common use / Whole-of-government contracts and other arrangements: goods and services, inner budget government agencies must use certain established Common Use Contracts unless otherwise authorised by the Secretary, or an authorised delegate, of the Department of Treasury and Finance.
Selected contracts are available for use by Government Business Enterprises, State Owned Companies, Statutory Authorities and Local Government. Also, organisations that satisfy Income Tax Exempt Charity requirements may apply for the authorisation to access some of the Common Use Contracts.
For additional information on whole-of-government Common Use Contracts, please refer to the Contracts section of www.purchasing.tas.gov.au.