Department of Finance

Sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement involves an organisation meeting a need for goods and services in a way that achieves value for money and generates benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment.

A public authority should consider sustainable procurement:

  • when preparing procurement plans;
  • in Request design, including selection criteria;
  • in Request specifications that reflect environmental standards, codes or legislation;
  • when determining methods of verification of a preferred bidder’s claims made regarding sustainability; in evaluation reports; and
  • as a measure of a supplier’s contract performance against agreed commitments.

Guidance on sustainable procurement principles and practices is available from:

PDF opens in new window Procurement Practice Guide

PDF opens in new window Australian and New Zealand Government Framework for Sustainable Procurement


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