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 2017 on the following matters:

  1. the Commonwealth procurement framework;

  2. consideration of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to come into force on 1 March 2017 (CPR17) and, in particular:

    1. clauses 10.10, 10.18, 10.30, 10.31 and 10.37 (the 'new clauses'),

    2. how the new clauses can most effectively be implemented,

    3. weighting and other mechanisms that should apply to any Commonwealth procurement decision making, taking into account CPR17, and

    4. 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;

  3. 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:

    1. existing trade agreements Australia has entered into, and

    2. trade agreements that the Commonwealth Government is currently negotiating, including the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement; and

  4. any related matters.

The Commonwealth Procurement Rules come into force on 1 March 2017 (CPR17) and can be found on the Department of Finance website here.

The Commonwealth Grants and Procurement Connected Policies: Resource Management Guide No. 415 can be found on the Department of Finance website here.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Select Committee on Government Procurement
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4397

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
19 Apr 2017: East Melbourne
29 Mar 2017: CANBERRA


Inquiry Status

Submissions closed


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