Commonwealth Contracting Suite (CCS)

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The CCS (for procurement under $1 million) streamlines and simplifies procurement processes.  It was designed to be consistent with the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 External link, and creates uniformity across Commonwealth contracts to reduce the burden on businesses contracting with the Commonwealth Government.

The CCS is mandatory under $200,000 for all non-corporate Commonwealth entities except for specific situations as outlined in Resource Management Guide No. 420 – Mandatory use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for procurement under $200,000.  Corporate Commonwealth entities are encouraged to use best endeavours to apply the policy.

The mandatory components of the CCS are:

  • the Approach to Market (ATM) (incorporating the Glossary, the Commonwealth ATM Terms and the Response to the ATM); and
  • the Commonwealth Contract (incorporating the Glossary, and the Commonwealth Contract Terms).

The following components cannot be changed and are non-negotiable:

The Approach to Market (incorporating the Response to the ATM) and the Commonwealth Contract documentation are available via online smart–forms, refer to CCS Links above. Any Additional Contract Terms (included in an ATM) can be negotiated, any costs you incur for negotiation should form part of your value for money assessment.

To ensure official documentation is tailored to your specific procurement it is important to generate new documents by use of the smart–forms for each new procurement activity undertaken.

The CCS also incorporates a range of non-mandatory smart–forms.

The Decision Tree smart–form includes relevant policy and process considerations in the correct order of precedence to ensure you are using the CCS appropriately.

To assist parties to understand their key rights and responsibilities under the Contract, the highlighted version of the Commonwealth Contract TermsPDF documentoffers a visual representation of a supplier's obligations and benefits. This document is not intended to replace appropriate professional advice.

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Last updated: 02 October 2018