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Government purchasing is based on the four principles of:
Value for money means getting the desired outcome at the best possible price. This does not necessarily mean choosing the cheapest price.
When assessing value for money the buyer will weigh up the benefits of the purchase against the cost of the purchase. Some of the factors that a buyer may include to assess value for money are:
Government buyers must ensure that the purchasing process is impartial, open and that competitive offers are encouraged.
Open and effective competition is achieved through:
Government buyers must ensure that all purchasing is undertaken in a fair and unbiased way and in the best interests of the State. Certain legislative requirements, ethical standards and codes are required to be met both by buyers and suppliers.
As a supplier, you can be assured that:
From a buyer's perspective:
Government buyers cannot accept gifts or any other benefits from suppliers.
Government buyers must ensure that local businesses, that wish to do business with the Government are given the opportunity to do so and must comply with the requirements of the Buy Local Policy.
Bids must be actively sought from local businesses, particularly from those businesses that have previously requested the opportunity to bid. It is important that you make yourself known to Government buyers. Follow the link to find out how to get known to government buyers.
Note: enhancing opportunities for local business is not the same as giving preference to local business. Under various international free trade and cooperative agreements which bind Australia, government buyers cannot discriminate against suppliers from other states, territories, New Zealand, the United States or Chile. Why? So that government buyers in other states, territories, New Zealand, the United States and Chile do not discriminate against Tasmanian suppliers.
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The URL for this site is http://www.purchasing.tas.gov.au/winninggovernmentbusiness