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.
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
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.
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 has recently undergone some enhancements to create an easier process for government agencies when managing responses.
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.
Funding and Contracting Services July Workshops
Following the release of the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy, Government Procurement’s Funding and Contracting Services Unit, in consultation with government agencies and the community sector, has released a suite of templates and documents in order to put into practice the principles of the policy.
Sustainable Funding and Contracting with the Not-for-Profit Sector
As part of the 2011-12 State Budget, $600 million of additional funding was announced for the next four years.
Launch time at GP
Government Procurement is hosting two launches in the coming weeks to celebrate the beginning of new Common Use Arrangements.
WA's Smarter Buying Schools
Government Procurement hosted representatives from over 70 WA state schools to a Smarter Buying Schools event at Glouscter Park on Thursday May 19.
Funding and Contracting Services Unit established
As part of the 2011-12 State Budget, the Government announced the establishment of the Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) Unit in Government Procurement, Department of Treasury and Finance.
Early Involvement Matters…State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
From blueprint to bricks and mortar, the new State Theatre Centre in Northbridge has seen its share of complex procurement processes.
VET procurement program awarded
There is a new specially designed procurement vocational training (VET) program coming to the WA public sector.
Warning on aggressive marketing
Staff in agencies who buy goods and services need to be aware of a re-emergence of aggressive marketing strategies used by some organisations to sell to government.
New contact details - GP and BMW
Government Procurement (GP) and Building Management and Works (BMW) are relocating to the Optima Centre in Herdsman Business Park in early April.
Get into the Green Scene!........ An ‘Eco’ Friendly CUA
A new contract will soon replace CUA 13005 for waste disposal and recycling services. Due to commence on 15 May, the contract will run for an initial three years.
Grocery CUA effected by floods
The devastating effects of the Carnarvon and Queensland floods are being felt in Western Australia and across the nation.
Singing the praises of P-Card
It’s been a successful first 12-months for the new P-Card CUA with increases in turnover, transactions and number of cardholders.
The new Gases CUA is out in the open
Featuring domestic LPG, medical, industrial and specialty categories, the new Gases CUA (49009) began on 1 February 2011.
VET Program standardises procurement practices
The anticipated Vocational Education Training (VET) procurement program is now out for tender.
A change to tender advertising
From 3 February 2011, DTF will only advertise its tenders online at Tenders WA.
Procurement education training dates released
Department of Treasury and Finance has hit the ground running in 2011 with a swag of procurement information sessions on offer for the first half of the year.
Mentoring New Zealand
Keep your eye on the big picture called Reform that was one of the key tips provided by Government Procurement to its New Zealand counterparts last week.
Sustainability and choice for stationery
An expanded range of products and a focus on sustainability feature in the new Common Use Arrangement for the supply of Stationery, Copy Paper and Envelopes launched last week.
Off-site data centres the new way forward
Significant change is brewing for computer data centre storage in WA with the launch of a new Data Centres Common Use Arrangement.
Going, Going, Gone
Pickles Auctions and Mainheim Fowles held their first auctions under the new Motor Vehicle Fleet Services Common Use Arrangement (CUA) on 30 November.
DTF moves to Albert Facey
A newly created agency based team has moved into Albert Facey House to help the Department of Planning with its procurement needs.
Hardware CUA launched
A new Hardware and Related Products CUA went live last month with an initial three year term.
Making the most of Tenders WA
Government Procurement has hosted its first supplier information session on making the most of Tenders WA
Gateway - to the West
For the first time, the Gateway Regional Forum had WA as the destination for its annual conference.
Help is on the way
As part of its procurement education and awareness role, GP’s Client Procurement Services (CPS) division is hitting the road and rolling out a 'Procurement Awareness' campaign.
Mini Guide to Procurement
The ‘Mini Guide to Procurement’ is a nifty little flip chart designed to help the everyday buyer follow the processes associated with purchasing.
Safety is the key for our Fleet
The National Public Sector Fleet Managers’ Conference, hosted by Western Australia on October 21 and 22, focused on the importance of safety in both government fleet policies and the type of vehicles purchased.
Government Procurement has launched three significant CUAs in October: Bulk Groceries and Fresh Produce, HR Services and HR Investigations.
October/November Buying Behaivour
The final Buying Behaviour Report for 2010 features a first time insight into the new Vehicle Rental Services and the new PCs and Notebooks CUA.
Better Practice in Procurement - Case Studies
The Better Practice in Procurement Case Study booklet was launched by Government Procurement in February.
Buyers Alert - February 2010
This Buyer Alert reinforces the need for government purchasing staff to be conscious of the aggressive marketing strategies used by some companies, as highlighted in the Buyer Alert issued on 29 October 2009.
Tender advertising policy changes
From 1 December 2009, the State Supply Commission advertising policy no longer mandates that government agencies advertise tenders over $150,000 in the West Australian newspaper.
Buyer Alert: CCC Investigation
Corruption and Crime Commission's investigation into allegations into misconduct in the purchase of goods by public officers. Read full buyer alert.
Government Procurement receives commendation at national procurement awards
Government Procurement (GP) recently received a commendation at the 3rd CIPS Australia Procurement Professional Awards Dinner, which recognises and honours the best of the profession.
Gateway – Helping Your Projects Succeed
Successful delivery of government projects is high on the agenda for many WA CEO’s. With challenges such as cost blowouts and time delays facing Government projects, it was little wonder that Nigel Tanner’s Gateway briefing at the Convention Centre in late June played to a big crowd.
Replaces GEM Tendering.
Replaces the Gem Buyers’ Guide.
Launch of new Great Southern Regional Buying Centre
The new Great Southern Regional Buying Centre is co-located with the Department of Housing and Works at its office in Albany.
New Procurement Practice Guide
The new Procurement Practice Guide provides recommendations on how the State Supply Commission (SSC) policies are best implemented...
New Debt Recovery Services CUA
State Public Authorities need to carry out debt recovery for failure to pay for goods and services; damage to government property; and overpayment in salaries and grants.
State Supply Commission Policies
New supply policies came into effect from 1 January 2008 streamlining procurement practices across government.
December knowledge network
The breadth of areas involved in infrastructure reform was very apparent during presentations at the December Knowledge Network Forum, hosted by the Department of Housing and Works.
SSC Policy Briefing
Informing government representatives of the impending changes.
2006-07 Procurement Reform Benefits Realisation Report
The third report of its kind, highlights the very strong progress that continues to be made.
2007 Premier's Awards
Government Procurement is the overall winner for the 2007 awards..
CEIID November knowledge network
The Public Transport Authority gave the November CEIID Knowledge Network Forum an inside look into two of its major projects.
Gateway Review Process
Several government projects being developed over the next few months will incorporate a new project assurance methodology - the Gateway Review Process.
Government Contracts Snapshot (Nov 2007)
Here is a snapshot of the latest updates on Common Use Arrangements.
Purchasing Card Update
The Under Treasurer endorsed a strategy to encourage and support the Public Sector to increase the amount of low value transactions made on the WA Government NAB Purchasing Card...
Reverse Auctions For Better Than Expected Outcomes
Government Procurement has embarked upon a two-year trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Reverse Auctions in government procurement.
2007 Treasurers Awards Winners
2007-11-14 Roll of Honour Innovation in Procurement - Treasurer's Awards 2007 Excellence in procurement was formally recognised at the Innovation in Procurement Treasurer’s Awards ceremony held on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 180 government represen
Expanding the use of Purchasing Cards
The Treasurer, Eric Ripper recently endorsed a procurement strategy to significantly increase the proportion of government purchases made by purchasing card.
2007 CIPSA Awards
Government Procurement was recognised at the Annual CIPSA Awards, as part of the 3rd Annual CIPSA Conference held in Melbourne on Tuesday 16th October 2007.
Training Courses CUA
Buyers can simply 'pick and buy' a calendar of courses, an individual course, or a seat on a public course...
Enhancing the look and feel of buyers guides
User friendly procurement tools and accurate, easy to read information, we are 'revamping' the Buyers Guides for all CUAs.
Procurement Reform Stakeholder Survey 2006 results
Government stakeholders have reported increased satisfaction with the changes and outcomes flowing from the Procurement Reform program.
eDecision aid - mobile phone
Buying mobile phone handsets and services is easier with the eDecision Aid. To simplify the procurement process of sourcing information and comparing available options, the Office of Government Procurement has developed an innovative new sourcing tool to encourage smarter buying practices.
Buying Personal and notebook computers is now easier than ever! When buying personal and notebook computers there are important questions you need to consider first. What computer meets your agency's needs? What will it cost? Which supplier can offer the best price?