Items of Interest

​​​Technology Services Procurement Review

The Department of Treasury and Finance (Treasury) is undertaking a review to streamline procurement processes for technology services. This is part of ongoing work to simplify procurement following the release of new Treasurer's Instructions on I July 2019, issued under the Financial Management Act 2016.

This review will seek to address issues associated with the existing contractual framework for ICT contracting which have been raised by both industry and government. The proposed simplification initiatives relate to two specific areas, being:

  • The Government Information Technology Conditions (GITC); and
  • A review and potential replacement of the existing ICT professional services panel. ​​

Discussion Paper

Treasury has developed a discussion paper which provides more detail regarding the proposals for the areas outlined above. We welcome your feedback about the proposals by 29 November 2019.

The discussion paper can be accessed from the Department of Treasury and Finance website here.

(Dated 30 October 2019)

Review Outcomes

On 11 November 2020 the Minister for Finance - Michael Ferguson approved the publication of a  paper developed by the Department of Treasury and Finance which summarises​ the outcomes of the review, including:

  • The recommended option for the replacement of the ICT professional services panel; and 
  • The progress towards establishing a suitable replacement for the Government Information Technology Conditions (GITC).

 A copy of the paper can be accessed here.

(Dated 13 November 2020)



Financial Management Act 2016

New Treasurer's Instructions
The Financial Management Act 2016 came into effect 1 July 2019 and along with it, the revised Treasurer’s Instructions (TIs) relating to procurement, disposal and contracting are also now effective.   The new TIs are available on the Treasury website here

Better Practice Guidelines​
Better Practice Guides are also now available here.  The BPG’s have been structured to follow the TIs sequentially and provide useful guidance regarding the application of the new TIs. The BPGs replace guidance (grey text) information previously included in the TIs as well as some of the guidance information previously included on the Purchasing website.   ​

Crown Law template documents
The Office of the Crown Solicitor has updated all of the template procurement documents to align with the new Treasurer’s Instructions. The templates can be accessed  here​.

 For assistance in relation to any of the above, please contact the Procurement Unit at Procurement, Risk and Contact Management Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance. Contact details are set out below. 
(Dated 1 July 2019)


Procurement Improvement Project

To support the introduction of the Financial Management Act 2016 and the revised Treasurer's Instructions (referred to above) a project to review, revise and redevelop all of the associated procurement information, resources and documentation.  

The aim of this project is to:

  • provide relevant, contemporary and useful information and resources to assist agencies in undertaking procurement processes;
  • reduce and remove duplication of information and processes; and
  • refresh information, documentation and resources.
Significant work towards this has already commenced with some key changes made as follows:
  • changes to this website to include a process flowchart linking to the relevant TIs and a significant reduction of the volume of information contained on Buying for Government with much of this information being now located in the Better Practice Guidelines (referred to above);
  • a new Procurement Plan developed to replace the previous Procurement Authorisation and Plan and Evaluation and Probity templates.  It is designed for use in all procurements and can be tailored to suit agency needs or circumstance;
  • a new Evaluation Report template developed to replace the previous evaluation report template.  The template is designed for use for all procurements and can be tailored to suit the needs of agencies; and
  • significant amendments to the template procurement checklists to simplify the documents and provide more guidance. These checklists can be adapted to suit agency’s needs.
The Procurement Plan, and Evaluation Report and checklists operate interactively, eliminating the duplication of information previously required by the template documents.

The Department of Treasury and Finance will continue to work on this project in the coming months and this will likely include redesigning or redeveloping the Purchasing website.  As part of this project we will be seeking feedback from agencies regarding areas for improvement.

Questions and comments are welcomed and can be made by contacting the Procurement Unit at Procurement​, Risk and Contact Management Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance. Contact details are set out below.

(Dated 1 July 2019)



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