Role of the Committee
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 Resolution of Appointment states:
- 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:
- 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.
- That the committee consist of 10 members, 2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Government Whip or Whips, 2 members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the Opposition Whip or Whips, 1 member of the House of Representatives to be nominated by any minority party or independent member, 2 senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 senator to be nominated by any minority party or independent senator.
- That participating members may be appointed to the committee, may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of a member of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee.
- That every nomination of a member of the committee be notified in writing to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- That the members of the committee hold office as a joint standing committee until the House of Representatives is dissolved or expires by effluxion of time.
- That the committee elect as its chair a member nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
- That the committee elect a non-Government member as its deputy chair who shall act as chair of the committee at any time when the chair is not present at a meeting of the committee, and at any time when the chair and deputy chair are not present at a meeting of the committee the members present shall elect another member to act as chair at that meeting.
- That, in the event of an equally divided vote, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, has a casting vote.
- That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include 1 Government member of either House and 1 non-Government member of either House.
- That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any subcommittee any matter which the committee is empowered to examine.
- That the committee appoint the chair of each subcommittee who shall have a casting vote only, and at any time when the chair of a subcommittee is not present at a meeting of the subcommittee the members of the subcommittee present shall elect another member of that subcommittee to act as chair at that meeting.
- That 2 members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum of that subcommittee, provided that in a deliberative meeting the quorum shall include 1 Government member of either House and 1 non-Government member of either House.
- That members of the committee who are not members of a subcommittee may participate in the proceedings of that subcommittee but shall not vote, move any motion or be counted for the purpose of a quorum.
- That the committee or any subcommittee have power to call for witnesses.to attend and for documents to be produced.
- That the committee or any subcommittee may conduct proceedings at any place it sees fit and sit in public or private.
- That the committee or any subcommittee have power to adjourn from time to time and to sit during any adjournment of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
- That the committee may report from time to time, but that it present its final report no later than 31 May 2017.
- That the provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the standing orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.
- That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.
* 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.