Government has listened to the needs of the local business community by implementing a major procurement reform strategy that supports local business by improving procurement practice across government.
The reform strategy will make government a better customer by adopting the Premier’s Better Customer Charter for Business throughout the procurement process.
Importantly, there have been significant changes to the liability and insurance requirements of government contracts, which have presented significant barriers for small business.
The State Procurement Board’s policies, guidelines and templates have been revised in line with the reform strategy which came into effect on 1 September 2016.
Market approach documents have been revised and an Invitation to Supply replaces the Request for Tender and Request for Proposal documents. There are no longer separate Bid Rules.
A new, simplified Standard Goods and Services Contract template has also been developed which will standardise contracts across government and ensure consistency for suppliers.
Copies of these new documents are available at www.spb.sa.gov.au
Please note that whilst the mandated policy requirements and templates are for use from 1 September 2016, a transition period to 1 January 2017 allows public authorities sufficient time to fully adopt the new requirements across their procurement operations.
More detailed information on the specific reforms are available here.