ITnews has a story on changes being made by Finance to the way procurement is done in this town:
Speaking at an event in Canberra, the Department’s first assistant secretary for the procurement division John Grant said that suppliers and buyers were currently required to familiarise themselves with 758 pages of rules, guidelines, instructions and procedures.
It had led to a “wide range of procurement approaches” being used, Grant said, indicating the time was ripe for a simplifed, tailored approach for agency staff and industry suppliers.
The revised guidelines would come into effect on July 1.
It was likely the guidelines would be rebranded from Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines to Commonwealth Procurement Rules to reinforce to government agency staff that they were mandatory, not discretionary.
Best of luck to everyone getting their heads around the new system.