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Apply to join a panel or register

Find out how to apply for a Victorian Government supplier panel or register.

Government panels are contractual arrangements with one or more suppliers. Panels operate over a period of time and can be open or closed:

  • Open panels accept new suppliers during the contract period.
  • Closed panels only accept suppliers at the start of the contract.

Registers are lists of suppliers who have demonstrated they meet eligibility criteria. Suppliers can apply to join registers at any time.

How to join a state purchase contract

What is a state purchase contract?

The Victorian Government uses centralised government contracts to buy common goods and services. These are called state purchase contracts.

These contracts aim to:

  • achieve value for money by using the collective purchasing power of government
  • standardise how government buys from suppliers
  • achieve value for money by using the collective purchasing power of government, and to standardise how government buys from suppliers

Browse current state purchase contracts.

Who buys from state purchase contracts?

All Victorian Government Departments and some agencies must use state purchase contracts to buy common goods and services.

Find the list of departments and agencies who buy through government contracts.

Other organisations can also buy through these contracts:

  • local government authorities
  • not for profit organisations

Apply to join a state purchase contract

State purchase contracts run for a fixed period of time, often 3-5 years. Each current state purchase contract lists the expiry date of the contract.

About 1 year before the expiry date, the responsible Department will start the process to refresh the contract. State purchase contracts are advertised on the Buying for Victoria Supplier Portal.

Suppliers should register on the Buying for Victoria Supplier Portal if they are interested in applying to join a state purchase contract.

Apply to a new or refreshing state purchase contract by following the tender process.

State purchase contracts being refreshed

The following state purchase contracts are being refreshed:

Professional advisory services contract

How to join a register for goods and services

What is a register for goods and services?

Registers are lists of suppliers who have demonstrated they meet eligibility criteria to provide certain goods or services.

Suppliers on a register are not contracted to government. Departments invite suppliers on the register to submit offers. Once selected, the supplier then enters into a contract.

These registers aim to streamline the procuring process by:

  • holding common information
  • using a common portal

Browse registers for goods and services.

Who buys from registers for goods and services?

The following must use registers to buy common goods and services:

  • all Victorian Government Departments
  • certain agencies

Find the list of departments and agencies who buy through registers for goods and services.

Other organisations can also buy through these contracts:

  • local government authorities
  • not for profit organisations

Apply to join a goods and services register

Goods and services registers are open. They do not have a closing date.

Suppliers can apply to a register at any time.

Each register gives instructions on how to apply. 

How to join a register for construction

What is a register for construction?

Registers for construction are lists of suppliers in the building and construction industry who are pre-qualified to tender for government:

  • construction works projects
  • construction related services, like engineers and architects

Suppliers on a register are not contracted to government. Departments invite suppliers on the register to submit offers. Once selected, the supplier then enters into a contract.

These registers aim to streamline the procuring process by holding common information, such as:

  • work history
  • financial information

Suppliers do not need to submit information held in these registers with each tender, making it easier and quicker to prepare offers.

Browse construction registers

Apply to join a register for construction

Construction registers are open. They do not have a closing date.

Suppliers can apply to a register at any time.

Each register gives instructions on how to apply.

Support

Contact the support for each panel or register if you need help understanding the process to apply.

Reviewed 17 February 2020

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