• Accessing Common Use Arrangements

    Under Section 23 of the State Supply Commission (the Commission) Act 1991, the "Commission may arrange for supply of goods and services to approved persons and bodies". Government Procurement within the Department of Finance (Finance) has delegated responsibility from the Commission to approve access to Common Use Arrangements (CUAs).

    Who are approved CUA users?

    The following groups are able to access CUAs:

    • Public authorities (a department of the Public Service of the State or an agency, authority or instrumentality of the Crown in right of the State) under the Commission's jurisdiction
    • approved Government entities not under the Commission's jurisdiction
    • approved Public Benevolent Institutions (PBIs)
    • other bodies approved by Finance such as Local Government and Universities.

    View the comprehensive list of all approved CUA users [PDF]. This list assists contracted CUA suppliers in identifying persons and bodies approved to access their government contracts.

    How to apply to access CUAs?

    Government Entities

    Submit a written application to Finance and provide justification for seeking access to CUAs under section 23 of the SSC Act 1991.

    Public Benevolent Institutions (PBIs)

    To be eligible to access CUAs, a PBI must:

    • have corporate status as an incorporated organisation under either the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 or the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 or be a company limited by guarantee or by shares under Corporations Law
    • be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Public Benevolent Institution under item 4.1.1 of the table listed in section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
    • be funded directly or indirectly, partially or entirely by either the Commonwealth, State or Local Government or be in receipt of a Lotteries Commission grant, and
    • be a non-profit organisation.

    PBIs seeking access to the CUAs are subject to additional eligibility requirements, where they are incorporated under the Corporations Law. In the case of a PBI limited by guarantee, the company's constitution must prohibit (and continue to prohibit) any distribution of profit or property to its members. In the case of a PBI limited by shares, approval will be provided on a case-by-case-basis, depending on the nature of the company shareholding and the arrangements in place for the dealing of those shares.

    Prospective PBI applicants or other government entities are required to complete the application form [Word] and provide documentation supporting their ability to meet the eligibility criteria.

    Please note: If an approved PBI does not access a CUA within a 5 year period, the Department of Finance may remove them from the Approved Users list.

    Send applications to:

    The Procurement Policy and Practice Improvement Team
    Government Procurement
    Locked bag 11, Cloisters Square
    Perth WA 6850

    or Email: pbi@finance.wa.gov.au

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