The draft Procurement Policy contains high level objectives and policy statements that will guide procurement decisions for Council and provide potential suppliers information about Council’s procurement practices. Procurement is the process of purchasing and delivering goods, services and works. The policy statements included the draft policy are:
- procurement will be in accordance with legal process/legislation
- procurement will be consistent across Council
- Council will foster relationships with suppliers
- Council will make procurement decisions based on achieving public value
- there will be a sound business approach to procurement
- risk will be managed appropriately
- procurement decisions will be made in accordance with delegated authority.
The draft policy differs from the current policy as it only contains high level policy information, not the practical steps that staff must take to procure. Changes have also been made so the draft policy aligns to the Government Procurement Rules that came into effect in 2019.
To sit alongside the policy, staff are developing a procurement manual that will outline the practical steps that staff will have to go through to procure.
The Office of the Auditor General and the Government Procurement Rules outline that councils should have their own procurement policy and processes in place.
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