When the Victorian Government buys goods, services or construction works value for money is at the core of everything we do.
Our procurement policies aim to achieve the best value for money, while also keeping to the principles of sustainability and accountability.
Who to target
The Victorian Government buys from suppliers on pre-qualified registers and supplier panels, but we also buy from businesses we have never worked with before.
To get known, you need to:
- understand what organisations are in the market for what you offer
- make sure government buyers know your capabilities and are confident in your performance
To find out which government agency would be a suitable buyer for the goods, services or construction works you provide there are a few things you can do.
Look at current tender opportunities and awarded contracts
Current and past tender opportunities are published on the Buying for Victoria Supplier Portal.
You can register on the portal to keep informed of upcoming opportunities.
Look for future opportunities
You can find opportunities by looking at each organisation's plans for procurement.
For goods and services, each Victorian Government organisation must publish a procurement activity plan each year. This is where you can get details of what organisations intend to buy during the year.
For construction works, future plans are published on the Buying for Victoria portal.
Make sure your bids are competitive and well-formed
It goes without saying that when you bid for a government tender, your bid should be competitive. But there's more to it than just price. We look for value for money including social and environmental factors.
Make sure you are familiar with the agency's usual purchasing procedures. A bid that is non-compliant or incomplete will not be considered.
Submit an unsolicited proposal for goods and services
There is a guide for organisations on how to manage unsolicited proposals for goods and services. Download the guide to managing an unsolicited proposal for goods and services.
Get advice from Business Victoria
Business Victoria provides information and advice on:
- winning government business
- managing quotations and tenders
- marketing your business to government
Join government business networks
Industry Capability Network
Industry Capability Network (ICN) is a non-profit organisation. It introduces Australian and New Zealand companies to the supply chains of :
- major projects
- government procurement
- commercial developments
ICN works with procurement and project managers to help identify competitive local suppliers.
ICN Victoria opens up opportunities to Victorian suppliers within major projects both here and overseas. ICN Victoria maintains an online register of buyers and suppliers.
Get your business listed as a social or sustainable business
The Victorian Aboriginal Business Directory
The Victorian Aboriginal Business Directory offers a central database of Aboriginal businesses.
Australian Disability Enterprise register
If your business employs people living with a significant disability, you can register with the Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) register.
Social Traders connects social enterprises with social procurement opportunities. They also and support businesses to successfully deliver on the contracts they win.
Reviewed 18 December 2019