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Cooperative Arrangements and Free Trade Agreements
Tasmania, together with the Australian Government and all other states and territories, is bound by a number of free trade agreements and cooperative arrangements.
Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA)
Under this cooperative agreement, government buyers cannot give preference to local suppliers nor discriminate against suppliers from other Australian states and territories or New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand suppliers must be given equal consideration and opportunities to compete for government contracts.
A copy of the ANZGPA can be obtained from the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council website at www.apcc.gov.au.
The ANZGPA applies to all procurements undertaken by agencies regardless of value.
The current free trade agreements that contain procurement requirements are the:
These agreements apply to certain procurements above a designated threshold. Where the agreements apply, agencies must:
The requirement for non-discriminatory treatment also applies to orders under contracts awarded as a result of a procurement that was impacted by a free trade agreement (ie when entering into a purchasing order).
Further information on the free trade agreements, including information on what procurements are impacted by the agreements, is located in the Treasurer's Instructions 1102 and 1202 and the Free Trade Agreements Guideline. A copy of the free trade agreements can be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at www.dfat.gov.au/trade.
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