As a result of the Australian Government’s effort to maintain transparency in public procurement, a number of resources designed to assist all parties involved in the procurement process have been made publicly available.
All Government Agencies must advertise publicly available business opportunities on the government advertising website.
Electronically resources include all necessary information concerning the procurement policy framework and guidance, procurement circulars, accessibility, and frequently asked questions through links on the website of the Australian Department of Finance and Administration (DOFA). The Procurement page contains information including but not limited to procurement policy.
Additionally, AusTender is the official website of the Australian Government tender system which displays information on proposed, current, and closed tenders, and lists of contracts, freely available to the public.
Via AusTender both government agencies and the general public can view contract related information such as opening and closing dates, procurement methods, contract values, agencies, etc.
The Australian government established the Purchasing Advisory and Complaints Service (PACS) which serves as the first point of contact for those who wish to protest an agency’s decision regarding a tender.
Such complaints are then directed to the original agency where in line with the procurement guidelines the Chief Executive is mandated to task senior management and officials that are independent of the process to review the process and ensure that the process is fair and equitable. Responses should be received within 10 days.