Department of Finance

Amendments to Open and Effective and CUA policies (July 2018)

From 1 July 2018, the Open and Effective Competition (OEC) and Common Use Arrangements (CUAs) policies were amended in line with the Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP) and the updated Australian Disability Enterprise directory.

The effect of these changes is that the wording of both policies is now consistent when procuring directly from an Aboriginal Business or Australian Disability Enterprise. In addition, the Aboriginal Business exemption now applies to businesses registered on Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct as well as the Aboriginal Business Directory Western Australia.

Summary of Changes to the Open and Effective Competition policy

The “Purchasing from an Australian Disability Enterprise or an Aboriginal Business” section of the OEC policy was amended as follows:

  • The $250,000 threshold restriction for Aboriginal Businesses was removed
  • Footnote 4 was updated with the new URL for the Australian Disability Enterprise website
  • Footnote 5 was updated to reference the APP Guide, which recognises Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct as an accepted directory of Aboriginal Businesses
  • Former Footnote 6 relating to the $250,000 threshold restriction was removed as the threshold restriction is no longer applicable. The remaining footnotes have been renumbered accordingly.

Summary of Changes to the Common Use Arrangements policy

The “Purchasing from an Australian Disability Enterprise or an Aboriginal Business” section of the CUAs policy was amended as follows:

  • The $250,000 threshold restriction for Aboriginal Business was removed
  • Footnote 2 was updated with the new URL for the Australian Disability Enterprise website
  • Footnote 3 was updated to reference the APP Guide, which recognises Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct as an accepted directory of Aboriginal Businesses
  • Footnote 4 was removed as the threshold restriction for Aboriginal Businesses is no longer applicable.

Further Assistance

For further enquiries regarding this Buyer Alert please contact the State Supply Commission on (08) 6551 1500.

Published 12 July 2018

 

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