Local Government Act 2020 Requirements

Procurement is covered in Sections 108 and 109 of the Local Government Act 2020. Council will be required to prepare and adopt a procurement policy prior 1 January, 2022.

A Council must prepare and adopt a Procurement Policy which specifies the principles, processes and procedures applying in respect of the purchase of goods and services by the Council, including for the carrying out of works. The Procurement Policy must seek to promote open and fair competition and provide value for money.

The procurement policy must include the following:

  1. The contract value above which the Council must invite a tender or seek an expression of interest;
  2. A description of the criteria to be used by the Council to evaluate whether a proposed contract provides value for money;
  3. A description of how the Council will seek collaboration with other Councils and public bodies in the procurement of goods or services;
  4. The conditions under which the Council may purchase goods or services without inviting a public tender or expression of interest;
  5. A description of the process to be undertaken in inviting a public tender or expression of interest

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