About this inquiry

On 1 December 2016, pursuant to the agreement of the House of Representatives and the Senate, a Joint Select Committee was established to inquire into and report on the Commonwealth procurement framework.

The committee is composed of five Senators and five Members.

Submissions are closed.

Past Public Hearings

08 May 2017: Canberra, ACT
19 Apr 2017: East Melbourne, VIC
29 Mar 2017: CANBERRA, ACT

Terms of Reference

That a joint select committee, to be known as the Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement, be established to inquire and report by 31 May 20171 on the following matters:
the Commonwealth procurement framework;
consideration of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to come into force on 1 March 2017 (CPR17) and, in particular:
clauses 10.10, 10.18, 10.30, 10.31 and 10.37 (the ‘new clauses’),
how the new clauses can most effectively be implemented,
weighting and other mechanisms that should apply to any Commonwealth procurement decision making, taking into account CPR17, and
its interaction with any other Government policies and programs (including grants), instruments, guidelines and documents relating to procurement, including the Department of Finance’s Resource Management Guide No. 415;
the extent to which CPR17 and any related instrument and rules can be affected by trade agreements and other World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements, including:
existing trade agreements Australia has entered into, and
trade agreements that the Commonwealth Government is currently negotiating, including the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement; and
any related matters.

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    On 10 May 2017 in the Senate and 11 May 2017 in the House of Representatives a resolution was passed to extend the reporting date to 30 June 2017.

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