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About Victorian Government procurement

An overview of which Agencies set policy for aspects of government procurement.

Construction procurement

What is public construction 

Public construction consists of any matter relating to the construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, alteration, extension or demolition of any improvements on land by, or on behalf of, departments and public bodies.  

This includes:

  • design and construction practices
  • tendering processes
  • project delivery and
  • contract administration

What are the rules for construction

The rules are set out in the Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement.

Policy owner 

The Assistant Treasurer is responsible for prescribing principles and procedures relating to:

  • construction procurement, including tendering
  • procedures

The Construction Policy Unit in the Department of Treasury and Finance support the Assistant Treasurer.

Contact the Construction Policy Unit

Goods and services procurement

What are goods and services

Goods and services include:

  • general goods and consumables, such as stationery
  • general services, such as cleaning and security
  • professional services, such as financial advisors and legal advisors
  • health related goods and services
  • uniforms and personal protective equipment
  • utilities, such as gas and electricity
  • information communication and technology goods, such as computers
  • information communication and technology professional services, such as web designers
  • information communication and technology services, such as telephony
  • motor vehicles

What are the rules for goods and services

The rules are set out in the policies for goods and services procurement.

Policy owner

The Victorian Government Purchasing Board sets the policies for the procurement of goods and services across:

The Victorian Government Purchasing Board is an independent board that reports directly to the Assistant Treasurer.

The Procurement Policy and Reform Team in the Department of Treasury and Finance support the Victorian Government Purchasing Board.

Contact the Procurement Policy and Reform Team 

Health Purchasing Victoria

Health Purchasing Victoria partners with Victoria’s public health sector to procure best-value goods and services, including equipment, for hospitals.

It works with the health sector to deliver better value through strategic procurement.

Health Purchasing Victoria’s vision is to provide healthcare that is:

  • safe
  • affordable
  • sustainable

Health Purchasing Victoria has functions under the Health Services Act 1988 to:

  • supply or help supply of goods and services
  • give advice and support
  • track compliance
  • foster improvements in use of systems and e-commerce
  • maintain useful data and share that with health services
  • ensure probity is maintained in the purchasing, tendering and contracting of public hospitals

Policy owner

Health Purchasing Victoria is responsible to the Minister for Health and works with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Health Purchasing Victoria

Local Jobs First 

What is Local Jobs First

The Local Jobs First Policy ensures government supports Victorian businesses and workers by mandating that small and medium-sized enterprises are given fair opportunity to compete for government contracts.

It also mandates that a portion of total hours worked on government construction projects must provide opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets.

What is the policy

The policy is set out at Local Jobs First.

Policy owner

The Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade is responsible for the Local Jobs First Act 2003 and for issuing the Local Jobs First Policy.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions support supports the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade.

Contact the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Motor Vehicles 

VicFleet is responsible for policies and contracts that apply to the Victorian Government motor vehicle fleet. VicFleet manages: 

  • Standard motor vehicle policy
  • Finance lease facility
  • Motor vehicle state purchase contract
  • Fleet disposals state purchase contract

Policy owner

VicFleet, within the Department of Treasury and Finance, gives advice to the Assistant Treasurer about fleet issues and policy.

Contact VicFleet.

Social Procurement Framework

What is social procurement

Social procurement is when organisations use their buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured.

What is the Social Procurement Framework

The Social Procurement Framework sets out social and sustainable objectives and outcomes for procurements.

Framework owner

The Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade is responsible for the framework. 

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions support the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade in preparing information for buyers and suppliers.

Contact Social procurement

State purchase contracts and registers for goods and services

State purchase contracts and registers for goods and services follow the supply policies for goods and services procurement.

Policy owners

State purchase contracts and registers are established under the goods and services Market analysis and review policy. 

State purchase contracts and registers require approval from:

  • Victorian Government Purchasing Board 
  • relevant agency Minster
  • Assistant Treasurer

There are three departments responsible for state purchase contracts and registers.

Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Technology Procurement Team in the Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for information and communication technology procurement for whole of Victorian Government.

The team sets up, manages and gives advice on information and communication technology state purchase contracts and categories.

This includes the ongoing management of contracts for:

  • hardware
  • IT infrastructure
  • telecommunications
  • software contracts

Contact the Technology Procurement Team

Department of Treasury and Finance

The Strategic Sourcing Team in the Department of Treasury and Finance is responsible for state purchase contracts, including:

  • goods such as stationery
  • services such as security and staffing
  • professional services such as financial advisors
  • utilities such as gas and electricity

The team sets up, manages and gives advice on state purchase contracts and categories.

Contact the Strategic Sourcing Team

Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the Legal services panel

Contact Legal services panel administration

Reviewed 13 April 2021

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