The AAT's procurement policies and practices reflect the principles and requirements in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. Our Accountable Authority Instructions and other guidance material support staff with purchasing duties to secure value for money, encourage competition, ensure the efficient, effective, economical and ethical use of government resources, provide accountability and transparency, and ensure compliance with other Australian Government policies.
In relation to major purchases and contracts, open tender or prequalified tender processes are employed unless the procurement purchase was covered by a mandatory whole-of-government arrangement or a limited tender was appropriate in the particular circumstances. For purchases and contracts below the mandatory tender threshold, at least three quotes are generally required, together with an assessment of the need justifying the purchase request and an analysis of why the selected quote would achieve value for money.
Information on previous tenders is available from the AusTender website.
Procurement related complaints
The Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (the Act) establishes an independent complaints mechanism for suppliers who consider that there was a contravention of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR) by a Commonwealth entity that affects their interests. It applies to procurement processes from 19 April 2019 onwards.
Complaint handling is undertaken in line with the requirements in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) and the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (GPJR Act).
Complaints made under the GPJR Act must be made in writing immediately after becoming aware of the alleged breach of the relevant CPRs. The most efficient way to lodge your complaint is to complete the AAT Procurement Complaint Form [RTF, 480KB]and email the form to email@example.com.
In your complaint, please tell us:
- what CPR you consider that the AAT has breached or is proposing to breach, and/or provide sufficient detail in your complaint to allow the AAT to investigate and respond to it, and
- how your interests are affected by the alleged actual or proposed breach of the CPR and/or other conduct that you are complaining about, and
- provide any relevant evidence in relation to your complaint.
For information on your obligations as a supplier when raising a complaint under the GPJR Act, see Handling complaints under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 Resource Management Guide 422 available on the Department of Finance's website.
On receipt of the complaint the AAT will;
- acknowledge receipt of the complaint
- undertake an investigation and
- notify you of the outcome.