Department of Finance

Department of Finance recognises superior supplier performance
The Department of Finance expanded its Supplier Performance Awards program in 2019.

Department of Finance projects feature in MBA Awards
Building and fitout projects managed by the Department of Finance were recognised in the Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards 2019.

Finance framework to improve public sector contract management
The Department of Finance has today launched the WA Contract Management Framework (WACMF) and associated Principles.

Finance wins project management award
The Department of Finance has won an Australian Institute of Project Management Award for its role in the delivery of the $37.6 million Warren Health Service Redevelopment in Manjimup.

Inheritance Scam Alert
We have become aware that someone claiming to be from the Department of Finance is contacting members of the public suggesting they are owed money through an inheritance.

Capability Building Program to further strengthen Aboriginal businesses
Finance has awarded contracts totalling $1.5 million to further support Aboriginal businesses in accessing new training and development opportunities.

Government on track to smash Aboriginal Procurement Policy target
Mid-year reporting of the Aboriginal Procurement Policy has confirmed that government is on track to more than quadruple the target set for the first year.

Finance website transition is coming
Finance will transition its website content from its current website to from July to September 2019.

Legislation Update
Three Acts have received Royal Assent, amending existing legislation.

Is Government paying too much for groceries?
In 2018/2019 a survey and audit was conducted along with the consultation from a client reference group, (CRG) on the Groceries Common Use Arrangement (CUA). All three produced outstanding results.

Thanks for helping with our website redevelopment
The Department of Finance is grateful to all those who volunteered to help test our new website.    

Destination Transformation; how cloud and culture help the Department of Finance WA chart its course to ongoing improvement
Achieving significant and sustained improvement through digital transformation isn’t a one-off sprint – it demands stamina.

Market-led Proposals policy to drive innovation and create jobs
The McGowan Government's new policy to manage Market-led Proposals (MLPs), harness innovative ideas from the private sector and create jobs for Western Australians is set to commence next month.

Finance leads the nation in graduate employment
The Department of Finance WA has been named Australia’s number one graduate employer by graduates themselves in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) Top 75 list.

High Court Decision
The High Court of Australia upheld an appeal relating to duty on landholder corporations

Amendments to duties concession for farm-in agreements
The Minister for Finance has announced amendments to the duties concession for farm-in agreements involving mining tenements

Finance contributes to WADE celebrations
...The annual event celebrated the WADE collective of eight Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) achievement of $50 million in new business and the creation of over 2,500 valued jobs since 2012...

Finance affirms its support for a thriving construction industry
The Department of Finance continues to demonstrate its support to the future of the construction industry in Western Australia.

Introducing Betting Tax
The Government introduced Betting Tax Bills into Parliament on 10 October 2018.

Finance strives for diversity in the workplace
“Diversity is the catalyst for innovative thinking” – that was the key message from the Commissioner of State Revenue, Nicki Suchenia, at the ECU Women in Business event.

Foreign Buyers Duty
The Duties Amendment (Additional Duty for Foreign Persons) Bill 2018 has been passed by Parliament and is currently awaiting the Royal Assent.

Updated Policy measures to strengthen partnerships with not-for-profits
Minister for Finance, Ben Wyatt, with Minister for Community Services, Simone McGurk, today introduced the updated Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy.

New Director General, Department of Finance
In August 2018 the Minister for Finance announced the appointment of Jodi Cant as the new Director General, Department of Finance.

Outstanding construction performers recognised by Government
Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd, Broad Construction Services (WA) Pty Ltd and Holton Connor Pty Ltd are the inaugural winners of the Department of Finance’s BMW Supplier Performance Awards.

Department of Finance 2017-18 Annual Report
On Thursday 20 September, the Hon Ben Wyatt, Minister for Finance tabled the Department’s 2017-18 Annual Report in Parliament.

Online Services Portal
State Revenue has expanded the online services we offer to include a new Online Services Portal

Payroll Tax Rate Change
Changes to the rate of payroll tax that applies to WA taxable wages take effect for a five year period commencing 1 July 2018.

Primary Production Exemption Extended
The Land Tax exemption for primary production businesses has been extended to include certain businesses that rear animals owned by secondary producers.

Payroll Tax Exemption for Wages Paid to Trainees
The Pay-roll Tax Assessment Act 2002 has been amended to include new eligibility requirements for employers who receive a payroll tax exemption for the wages paid to trainees.

2018-19 Budget Measures
On 10 May 2018, the Treasurer delivered the 2018-19 State Budget which includes several measures that may affect State Revenue customers.

Changes to Payroll Tax to Commence
A tiered payroll tax scale which will affect the rate of payroll tax applied to WA taxable wages is to commence on 1 July 2018 for a five year period.

Raising the bar through Aboriginal Business Procurement
The Minister for Finance, the Hon Ben Wyatt opened Finance’s Aboriginal Business Expo with a welcome address before formally launching the Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) on 29 March at the opulent Optus Stadium.

Employer warning regarding payroll processors
Recent audits have identified that some payroll processors are not passing on payroll taxes despite receiving payments from the employer.

Perkins Builders wins apprenticeship award
Perkins Builders is the inaugural winner of a new award sponsored by the Department of Finance, recognising an outstanding contribution to apprentices in the construction industry.

Changes to Payroll Tax
Payroll tax amendments establishing a tiered payroll tax scale have been introduced into the Parliament.

Placer Dome Decision
The Commissioner has applied for special leave to the High Court to appeal the Court of Appeal Decision.

Department of Finance 2016-17 Annual Report
On Thursday 14 September, the Hon Ben Wyatt, Minister for Finance tabled the Department's 2016-17 Annual Report in Parliament.

2017-18 Budget Measures
The Treasurer has announced changes to State taxes as part of the 2017-18 budget.  

Customer Service Hours and Front Counter Services
There have been changes to State Revenue's customer service hours and public counter services and location.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 – An opportunity to have your say
  The Department of Finance is developing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2017-2022 and this is an opportunity to provide feedback.

Change to the First Home Owner Boost
On 17 May 2017, the Government announced a change to the first home owner boost payment introduced at the beginning of this year.

Innovative regional maintenance deal for Aboriginal business
The Department of Finance has reached a ground-breaking arrangement with an Aboriginal business to deliver breakdown repair services..

Electronic Duties Lodgments
Revenue Online has been expanded to enable access to the OSR Duties Lodgments portal.

First Home Owner Boost
The Government has announced a $5,000 boost for first home owners eligible to receive the grant where a contract to purchase or construct a new home is entered into in 2017

Finance answers the music call
In October, the Department of Finance of Western Australia asked staff to donate pre-loved musical instruments to help Desert Feet Inc. deliver opportunity through music. Soon after, instruments started popping up from across Finance.

New era for Sunset Heritage Precinct
Sunset Heritage Precinct was opened for community access for the first time in its 112 year history at a public event on Sunday 27 November

Government offices breathe new life into Fremantle
In November 2016 the Government signed an Agreement for Lease for 17,200 square metres of office space with Sirona Capital.  

Electronic Duties Lodgments – Collaboration with Industry
Revenue Online is expanding to enable duties transactions to be electronically lodged with the Commissioner for assessment.

Department of Finance 2015-16 Annual Report
Department of Finance 2015-16 Annual Report

Project bank accounts to cover more Government projects
A package of measures to improve security of payments for subcontractors was announced on 12 August 2016.

Government office planning progresses at Joondalup
The Department of Finance’s whole-of-government planning for government office accommodation took another step forward on Thursday 14 July when Premier Colin Barnett and Finance Minister Bill Marmion announced the signing of a lease for 9,600sqm of new office space in Joondalup.

Duties Assessment Channels and Enhancements to Revenue Online
Five new transactions have been made eligible for self assessment, and duty assessment channels are being reformed as of 1 August 2016

Vibrant new secondary school for Fremantle
Construction of Fremantle’s new vibrant, contemporary secondary school is soon to start after Perkins was  awarded the construction contract on 8 April.

Applecross Senior High School redevelopment graduates
The major, complex $63 million redevelopment of Applecross Senior High School was officially opened by Minister for Education Peter Collier MLC on February 19.

State Revenue Faxes to be Decommissioned
As of 31 May 2016, all fax services at State Revenue will be decommissioned to encourage our customers to interact with us through our web enquiry system.

Pensioner Capping Update
The Government has made a final determination of the caps that will apply to pensioner rebates for the 2016-17 rating year.

David Malcolm Justice Centre towers over Cathedral Square
Perth’s Cathedral Square project reached another milestone on 11 March when Premier Colin Barnett officially named the office tower in the centre of the heritage precinct.

New primary schools for growing city
New schools catering to Perth’s expanding population in new suburbs have been delivered on time and on budget by the Department of Finance, Building Management and Works, for the Department of Education.

Amendments to Valuation of Land Requirements
Due to changes to the Duties valuation requirements, a valuation in relation to a dutiable transaction between related parties may not need to have been conducted specifically for duties assessment purposes.

Is Government paying too much for stationery?
Some of Government Procurement's clients felt that the pricing on stationery items in the CUA was higher than they could achieve on their own. GP undertook a comparison to test this assumption. The three cheapest baskets were those of the CUA suppliers. We will continue to work with suppliers to make sure we are achieving value for money through our CUAs.

Supporting people with disability in WA: Work is critical for a sense of worth
More than 4.2 million Australians or 18.5 per cent of the population reported having a disability in 2012. For many of these people, employment opportunities are poor. Intework CEO Fiona Beermier said the rising unemployment in Western Australia had added further pressure to Intework's employment programs.

ADEs reaching new heights
A major milestone was reached last month, as Government agencies have now awarded more than $20 million to Australian Disability Enterprises.

GP green thumbs go gardening with ADE
Fifteen Government Procurement (GP) staff recently got their hands dirty to experience a day in the life of an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) employee.

2015 Common Use Arrangement Schedule
Find out what Common Use Arrangements are now live, or under redevelopment and being released this year.

Evaluate your way to success
An evaluation is a key component to making sure your agency gets its good or service and value-for-money. Find out what we recommend on how to ensure this happens.

MCB helps build diverse skills at disability enterprise
 Western Australia Government agencies continue to embrace the Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) initiative. Hear about the Metropolitan Cemetries Board contract and the benefits for both agency and ADE.

Reticulated Gas Common Use Arrangement now live

Saving your agency money has become much easier with the release of the Reticulated Gas Common Use Arrangement (CUA) on 1 April 2015.

Department of Finance leads the way on Regulatory Reform
The Department of Finance is committed to leading the State Government’s plan to ease regulatory burdens on Western Australian businesses and communities.

Dumas House Facade
The State Government’s iconic public service building, Dumas House, is to receive a facelift with restoration work planned for the facade and podium (the building base).

Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement amended
The Australia and New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement  has recently been revised.

Australian Disability Enterprises celebrate their success
Western Australia Government agencies continue to embrace the Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) initiative.

CUA Snapshot
Find out what’s happening in Common Use Arrangements.

Tricks of the trade: A great spec goes a long way
A specification, or spec, is many things – including the basis for success or failure.

Finance collaborates across government to reduce red tape
Reducing red tape for both public and private sectors is high on the agenda for the State Government to ease the regulatory burden on Western Australian businesses and communities.

New Temporary Personnel Services Common Use Arrangement
New Temporary Personnel Services Common Use Arrangement live NOW
Finding skilled staff to fill short-term positions has become much easier with the new Temporary Personnel Services Common Use Arrangement (CUA).

New Bulk Groceries CUA live NOW
Whether you’re cooking for the young, the old, the healthy or the sick, the new Bulk Groceries
and Fresh Produce Common Use Arrangement (CUA) gives you more of everything.

Scam alert
We have become aware that someone claiming to be from the Finance Department is calling members of the public suggesting they are owed money.

More Microsoft for your money
It took time and the negotiations were, at times, intense but that’s all over with the signing of an extension to the whole-of-government Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.

State Supply Commission supply policy changes
Over the years, the public sector has become more and more adept at procurement. In recognition of this, the State Supply Commission supply policies were amended, effective from 1 July 2014.

Stay on top of your contracts
Who wouldn’t be interested in reading articles such as ’Department’s contracts a mess‘ or ’Bureaucrat gave contracts to brother‘? These headings may grab your attention and make for an interesting read. However, you certainly wouldn’t want to be the person responsible for managing these contracts.

WADEs and warehousing – what a match!
Here’s a question. What do forklifts, furniture, earmuffs and envelopes have in common? They all form part of the warehousing and distribution contracts delivered to government by Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADEs).

Greater paper choices
Buying copy paper from your supplier on our Common Use Arrangement (CUA) may be a routine process, but have you recently stopped to do a comparison between the suppliers?

Assess yourself!
To assist agencies with continuous improvement Funding and Contracting Services has developed a Self-assessment Tool that is replacing capability reviews.

Bulk mail contract is just good business
The bulk mail contract between the Department of Health and Western Australian Disability Enterprise Intework represents an opportunity for both parties to benefit.

The PIN will replace the pen
Help protect yourself and your agency and increase the security of your Government Purchasing Card by using the PIN for transactions.

Scam Warning
The Department of Finance has become aware of an email based money transfer scam.

Printing their way through contracts
Winning contracts through competitive processes signifies the giant leaps Western Australian Disability Enterprises are taking.

Streamlining reticulated gas throughout the state
Government Procurement has identified WA government demand for reticulated gas as an opportunity to create savings for agencies.

Who are you and where are you from?
If you buy from one of Government Procurement’s Common Use Arrangements, does the supplier know who you are and where you’re from?

Print your way to savings
Print, copy, scan, and fax without having to own or lease any of the equipment.

Up-skill yourself with the PVP
A second birthday is a good time to look back and see what you’ve achieved.

WA P-Card
P-Card benefits are being embraced by agencies as the number of active P-Cards has grown from 11,500 five years ago to just under 24,000 today.

New Government Architect appointed
Leading Perth architect Geoff Warn has been appointed as the new Government Architect for Western Australia.

Another step in the right direction for WA Disability Enterprises
Government has shown its support for the Western Australia Disability Enterprises by committing funding to appoint an executive officer.

Are you getting a good range of temporary personnel?
Government Procurement  is reviewing the Temporary Personnel Services Common Use Arrangement (CUA) and would like your feedback to ensure the CUA offers government agencies the personnel they need.

More light for less
A number of agencies have already made significant savings through the Retail Electricity Common Use Arrangement. This is despite the annual increases to electricity costs.

New ground provides new opportunity for ADE
After more than 15 years with the same warehousing supplier, the Department of Education has taken a new path and engaged an ADE.

New ICT CUAs Providing Solutions
The ever evolving ICT world means that GP has been busy developing new CUAs to provide required goods and services to government.

Procurement Education Update
Sign up to develop your procurement skills

Contract Management – It’s a Big Deal!
First class contract management is key to achieving value for money outcomes for your agency. Government Procurement’s Contract Management Advisory Services team offers free training and a host of tools to help you develop your contract management skills.

Electricity CUA Powering Ahead
Thirty-eight agencies join Government Procurement in developing an Electricity Common Use Arrangement that meets the needs of agencies and opens up the market.

Fresh-faced ICT Services CUA
An upgraded eDA and a redeveloped CUA equal easier buying

GP Out and About
Government Procurement staff recently headed to Busselton to participate in the South West Forum for School Business Managers 

Setting Disability Enterprises Up For Success
The WA Government is keen to increase procurement opportunities for disability enterprises. Agencies are free to engage any of WA’s Australian Disability Enterprises directly.

Ward Off ‘Cyber Insecurity’
Cyber security for agencies has improved, but agencies still remain vulnerable

Computing Devices CUA in the pipeline
 More flexibility and a way of keeping up to date with the changing technology in the computing world are two of the key themes behind work on a new Computing Devices Common Use Arrangement.

Getting skills up to scratch
Nationally Recognised Training Courses are a new feature of the Training Courses Common Use Arrangement that has been redeveloped, offering government staff the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications. 

Show me the money! Debt Recovery Services CUA redeveloped
Having difficulty recovering debts? The redeveloped Debt Recovery Services Common Use Arrangement now has four suppliers providing services for recovering unpaid accounts.

Reappointment of Director General, Department of Finance
The Public Sector Commissioner today announced that on 5 February 2013, the Governor approved the reappointment of Ms Anne Nolan to the chief executive officer position titled Director General, Department of Finance.

The FaCS of Improving Government
After only eighteen months in existence, the Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) unit in Government Procurement were awarded the prestigious Premier’s Award for Public Sector Excellence for Improving Government, at a twilight event on 22 November.

Furniture – Office and Classroom CUA redeveloped
The Furniture Common Use Arrangement was recently redeveloped and is now available to agencies.

Government introduces savings initiatives – Business Machines and Business Consumables CUA
 The Department of Finance has identified a number of savings opportunities for WA Government involving the Business Machines and Business Machine Consumables Common Use Arrangement.

Interpreting and Translating Services CUA available
The new Interpreting and Translating Services Common Use Arrangement is now live.

Aggressive Marketing Strategies and Toners and Cartridges
This Buyer Alert reinforces the need for government purchasing staff to be conscious of the aggressive marketing strategies used by some companies involved in the sales of toners and cartridges.

Addition of a Sub-Category – CUA22008 Temporary Personnel Services
Four Suppliers were added to the Sub-Category, to supplement existing Contractors on Category 3: Clarius Group Ltd, Hays Specialist Recruitment, Mars Recruitment, Randstad Pty Ltd.

Audio Visual Solutions CUA live
  The Department of Finance – ICT Sourcing has developed and introduced a new CUA for Audio Visual Solutions.

Contract Management Workshop
An upcoming course is the Contract Management 2 day workshop - 22 23 October.

ICT Services CUA undergoes refresh
The current ICT Services CUA is currently undergoing its seventh refresh. This refresh is currently in the evaluation process.

Tablet and Hybrid Computers now available
The Department of Finance has introduced two new categories, Tablet (TC1) and Hybrid (HC1) computers, to the Notebook and Personal Computer CUA. 

Finance goes to Market for electricity
The Department of Finance released a Request for the Supply of Retail Electricity in the South West Interconnected System.

New to Quotes and Tenders Seminar
Government Procurement has a free seminar for businesses wanting to supply goods and services to Government

Submitting Offers
If you are responding to a tender, don't forget to carefully read the "Submission of Offer" section.

Contracts WA Enhancement Project - Improved Contracts WA goes live
A new and improved version of Contracts WA has now been released.

CUA amendments, expirations and developments
On 7 January the Information Security Products CUA expired and the arrangement will not be redeveloped.

NEW Information Security Management Services CUA
A new Common Use Arrangement (CUA) Information Security Management Services has been developed.

Tablet and Hybrid Computers added to CUA
The Department of Finance is introducing a new panel with two categories to the Notebook and Personal Computer CUA.

Fostering Partnership Program
Applications are now open for the inaugural Fostering Partnership Program.

GP staff strut their stuff on the catwalk
Government Procurement staff took to the catwalk to promote the redeveloped Uniforms – Off the Shelf Apparel CUA.  

The difference between ICT Services and Temporary Personnel Services
Recently it has become apparent that some buyers are unsure of when to use the ICT Services Common Use Arrangement (CUA) and when to use the IT category from the Temporary Personnel CUA. 

Top Marks for Common Use Arrangements (CUAs)
Each year between November and February, the Department of Education’s Housing and Transport Services Unit coordinates a relocation project of epic proportions.

Arts completes Govt office masterpiece
On track to saving $25million a year

State Government saving $25m on offices
With the final tenant about to relocate to Gordon Stephenson House (GSH) the State Government is on track to save up to $25million a year in office accommodation, Finance Minister Simon O’Brien announced today.

Cut Costs at the Bowser
With the ever increasing cost of fuels, it’s time for agencies to reconsider how they purchase fuel for their government vehicles.

Redeveloped Uniforms CUA
October 1 2011 saw the introduction of a significant change to the new Uniforms Common Use Arrangement (CUA) for Off the Shelf Apparel.

TendersWA Enhancements
TendersWA has recently undergone some enhancements to create an easier process for government agencies when managing responses.

Electronic tender system for regional businesses
The State Government has announced a new, easier method for regional businesses to lodge tenders to supply goods and services to government.

How do I get on a CUA?
Common Use Arrangements (CUAs) are whole-of-government standing offers, awarded to a single supplier or panel of suppliers to provide goods or services commonly purchased by government agencies. 

CSPRC meets for first time
The inaugural Community Services Procurement Review Committee (CSPRC) meeting took place on 1 September at the Optima Centre in Osborne Park.

ICT Equipment Disposal
The CUA covering ICT Equipment Disposal (CUA 5105) will be replaced with a new arrangement (47110) on 30 August 2011. To introduce the new contractors and acknowledge the hard work of the Client Reference Group, a CUA launch is planned for late September.

New government airline discounts
Travel discounts have increased for the WA Government as airlines improve travel flexibility for the public sector.

Still holding onto your Gull fuel card?
Agencies should reconsider their need to carry a Gull Fuel Card.

WA Government on the same electronic page
Government Procurement’s ICT Sourcing team recently concluded negotiations with Microsoft, resulting in a new Common Use Arrangement for Microsoft licenses for WA Government.

National Standard Chart of Accounts
An implementation manual and supporting documents for not-for-profit organisations using the National Standard Chart of accounts has been released by the State Government.

A new focus on procuring human services
As part of the 2011-12 State Budget, the Government announced that a new unit, Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) within Government Procurement, would lead the Government’s change management agenda for human services delivery.

Change of name...change of contacts
On 1 July the Department of Treasury and Finance split in two agencies. As a result, Government Procurement now falls under the Department of Finance.

Waste Disposal and Recycling Services launched
The redeveloped Waste Disposal and Recycling Services CUA was launched last month at the Optima Centre.

Treasurer’s Advance Authorisation Bill 2010
During the process for the tabling of the Treasurer’s Advance Authorisation Bill 2010, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) provided the Treasurer with a schedule outlining the components of the Advance, for distribution to the Parliament.


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