Our contracts and spending
Find out how to see a list of our procurement contracts of $100,000 or more and also our non-procurement contracts.
Requests for Tender (over $80,000)
We advertise open tenders and expressions of interest on AusTender.
If you are a supplier interested in tendering for opportunities with us, please become a registered supplier at the AusTender website. You can register for specific areas of interest and you will then receive notifications from AusTender.
Other procurements (under $80,000 and panels)
We request quotes and proposals from suppliers in various ways. This may be:
- via email direct to suppliers
- via Dynamic Sourcing for Panels (DS4P) on AusTender
- via the Digital Marketplace.
Annual Procurement Plan
Our Annual Procurement Plan can be found on the AusTender website.
Procurement terms and conditions
We make payments to suppliers for the purchase of goods and services using Purchase Orders and Corporate Credit Card.
A purchase order details the goods and services we wish to purchase. The purchase order will include a description of the goods and the delivery date for the purchase. It may also include other details of the purchase.
When we issue a Purchase Order, it will state at the bottom of the page that it has been issued either:
- under the terms and conditions of the formal contract between us and the supplier, or
- under the Commonwealth's General Purchase Order Conditions for purchase of goods and services. The Terms and Conditions can be downloaded from https://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/commonwealth-contracting-suite/
Where purchases are being sought under a formal contract with us, a copy of the purchase order may not be issued as the contract itself is the request to supply the goods or services. Suppliers will always be advised of a purchase order or contract reference number.
Suppliers are required to quote the purchase order or contract reference number on all invoices connected to a purchase.
Procurement related complaints
As a supplier, you have the right to have complaints investigated quickly and without disadvantage.
Lodging a complaint
It is best to approach the procurement contact officer in the first instance if you have concerns relating to a procurement process and wish to discuss them informally. If you are not satisfied with the outcome from these discussions, you may make a formal complaint.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to lodge a formal complaint. Your email should have as much information as possible so the DTA conduct a thorough investigation.
Complaints under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018
If you would like to make a complaint under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (GPJR Act), you should read the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 Resource Management Guide on the Department of Finance's website. This will give you information on your obligations as a supplier when raising a complaint under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018.
Complaints made under the GPJR Act must be made in writing immediately after becoming aware of the alleged breach of the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).
Please lodge your complaint to us using the above email.
Once we receive your complaint
Once we receive your written complaint we will:
- acknowledge receipt of your complaint
- advise whether a public interest certificate is in force (if applicable)
- advise you of the expected timeframe for resolution
- investigate the validity of the complaint
- notify you of the outcome of our investigation
- offer a solution if applicable
- confirm with you whether you consider the complaint to be resolved.
If your procurement is a covered procurement under the GPJR Act, the procurement will be suspended, unless there is a public interest certificate in place.
Applications to the court
If you are not satisfied that the complaint has been resolved, you can apply to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia for injunctions or payment of compensation for breaches of the relevant CPRs relating to covered procurements under the GPJR Act.
Applications to the court must be made within 10 days of becoming aware of the breach. A longer period may be allowed by the court if it is satisfied that the failure to make the application within this timeframe was attributable to the supplier’s reasonable attempt to resolve the complaint.
We recommend you seek independent legal advice before taking this step.
You can also raise a complaint through:
Senate Order on Entity Contracts
Under the Senate Order for entity contracts we need to list all procurement contracts of $100,000 or more on the AusTender website.
We also need to list non-procurement contracts on our own website.
Senate Order for entity contracts – 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019
You can find a list of our procurement contracts on the AusTender Senate Order Report. This is a list of contracts we’ve entered into that have:
- a value of $100 000 or more
- not been fully performed during the reporting period or were entered into during the reporting period
We didn’t enter into any non-procurement contracts during the reporting period.
The estimated cost of complying with this order
The method used to estimate the cost
We applied average salary and on-costs to the number of hours spent by staff across various classifications to collect and analyse the information.