Cooperative Procurement

Cooperative procurement enables the use of a procurement contract by more than one entity. This can be achieved through either a joint approach to the market and/or where an entity establish a contract or standing offer arrangement that allows other entities access (often referred to as piggybacking).


Cooperative procurement makes better use of entities resources by reducing the number of administrative processes and sharing the procurement and contract management process workload. For example; efficiencies may be derived from conducting one procurement process and maintaining one contract in lieu of many. 

Entities may also be able to leverage better prices and services arrangements where they consolidate their procurement needs.


Entities should identify which cooperative model best suits their needs. Information and guidance on cooperative procurement is available on the Finance website.

Entities may identify other opportunities for cooperative procurement activitiess through future procurements listed on entity Annual Procurement Plans [external link icon], via GovDex [external link icon], AusTender [external link icon] and other formal and informal networking channels.

Examples of Cooperative Procurement arrangements in place

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Department of Finance –
Actuarial Services Panel


Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) –
Learning and Development Panel

Access is available through DS4P [external link icon]


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Last updated: 08 October 2018