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The provisions of relevant free trade agreements apply to procurements where the estimated dollar value is equal to or in excess of the thresholds set out in the Treasurer's Instructions 1102 and 1202. The thresholds are reviewed every two years.
With effect from 1 January 2016:
Treasurer's Instructions 1102 and 1202 have been amended to reflect the threshold changes.
(Dated 13 January 2016)
The Treasurer's Instructions have been amended (effective from 23 November 2015) to remove the mandatory requirement for agencies to advertise tender notices in at least one local newspaper. Agencies now have the flexibility, at their discretion, to advertise tenders in print media on a case by case basis. The requirement to advertise all tenders on the Tenders website remains.
Refer to the requirements contained in Instructions 1107 and 1209, available on Treasury's website at www.treasury.tas.gov.au.
The building and construction/roads and bridges Treasurer's Instructions have been amended (effective from 23 November 2015) to require agencies to ensure that prior to a contract being awarded for works, the preferred supplier has:
The practical effect of the changes is that agencies need to obtain from suppliers a statutory declaration, at the time of tendering, which sets out the licences required to undertake the work and attests that the supplier, its employees and/or sub-contractors, hold those relevant licences.
Changes are being made to the Crown Solicitor's pro forma procurement documentation and a pro forma statutory declaration will be prepared for use by suppliers during the procurement process to support agencies in relation to the changes. Until those documents have been published, agencies should refer relevant matters to the Office of the Crown Solicitor for advice on appropriate inclusions in their procurement documentation.
Refer to the requirements contained in Instructions 1206, 1207 and 1211, available on Treasury's website at www.treasury.tas.gov.au.
As part of the Government's red tape reduction program, Treasury has recently undertaken a review of the Treasurer's Instructions relating to procurement and Government contracts to determine those that are no longer required and to identify improvements. As a result of the review, seven TIs have been retired and changes made to TI 1301 relating to disposals.
The changes take effect from 13 July 2015 and include:
The Treasurer's Instructions are available on Treasury's website at www.treasury.tas.gov.au. The new disposal publication is available from the Publications tab on this website.
(Dated 13 July 2015)
The Central Procurement Board has been abolished and replaced with a simplified pre-procurement industry consultation review process for relevant high value procurements. In accordance with the provisions of the Treasurer's Instructions 1116 and 1218, agencies must provide the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance with a pre-procurement industry consultation report for review and approval. The report summarises the outcomes of consultation undertaken with industry and local business representatives in the planning stages of the intended procurement.
For further information refer to the pre-procurement industry consultation review process.
The Tasmanian Government has agreed to participate in the procurement chapter of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement which will commence on 12 December 2014. The Treasurer's Instructions and the Free Trade Agreements Guideline are in the process of being amended to reflect the entry into force of this Agreement. Compliance with the Treasurer's Instructions and the requirements of the Guideline will ensure compliance with the Agreement's obligations.
(Dated 12 December 2014)
The Buy Local Policy has been released to increase awareness of the requirements for, and benefits in, buying locally and improve access to Government contracts for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Policy:
Further information is located on this website at Purchasing Framework > Purchasing Policies > Buy Local Policy.
(Dated 8 May 2014)
The Treasurer has recently approved an amendment to Instruction 402 to require agencies to pay all invoices with a value of less than $50 000 within 30 calendar days, or if a shorter term has been agreed, within the shorter term.
For invoices of $50 000 and above, payment must be made in accordance with agreed terms and by the due date.
Further information about these policies, including the use of the Tasmanian Government Card, is located on this website at Purchasing Framework > Purchasing Policies > Payment of Invoices.
(Dated 15 April 2014)
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