• Free Trade Agreements

    Guideline and list of public authorities

    The Free Trade Agreement Guidelines provide government agencies with information on conducting government procurement in accordance with the Free Trade Agreements.

    The Western Australian Government has entered into a number of Free Trade Agreements as follows:

    • The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) – entered into force on 15 January 2015;
    •  The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) – entered into force on 12 December 2014;
    •  The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACIFTA) – entered into force on 6 March 2009; and
    •  The Australia- United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) - entered into force on 1 January 2005

    Western Australian Government agencies are required to comply with the Free Trade Agreements. The FTA’s have a core purpose of non-discrimination in the conduct of government procurement for all goods and services of $551,000 or more and for all construction services of $7,769,000 or more. The non-discrimination provisions require the agencies nominated by the Western Australian Government to afford the suppliers, goods and services of the nation with whom we have entered a FTA the same treatment that applies to domestic suppliers, goods and services.

     Each agreement contains a schedule which stipulates which public authorities are subject to the agreements. The schedules are available in the full text of chapter 15 of each agreement (except for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) which can be found in chapter 17). The agreements are available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

    A public authority that is stipulated in a schedule but has since undergone machinery of government changes is still subject to the agreement.

    The Australia-New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA)

    The Western Australian Government is a signatory, along with all other Australian States and Territories and New Zealand to the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement (ANZGPA).

    The ANZGPA is a cooperative arrangement which recognises the benefits to Australian and New Zealand industry of treating Australia and New Zealand as a single market for government procurement. The ANZGPA provides the opportunity for Australian and New Zealand suppliers to compete on an equal and transparent basis for government contracts in the Commonwealth, States, Territories and New Zealand. The ANZGPA ensures the absence of practices that discriminate against Australian and New Zealand suppliers.

    For the full version go to the APCC website, Procurement Publications.