Coordinated Procurement

What is Coordinated Procurement?

Coordinated Procurement is a government initiative to establish whole-of-government arrangements for goods and services in common use to maximise market benefits and deliver efficiencies and savings.

Where established, coordinated procurement arrangements are mandatory for non-corporate Commonwealth entities, as defined in section 8 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).  The Commonwealth Government wants to reduce the amount of money spent by entities procuring goods and services by aggregating the volumes purchased across the whole of the government to attract better prices from suppliers and gain efficiencies in the procurement process.

The broad aims of a whole-of-government approach to the coordination of procurement contracting are to:

  1. Reduce the price of supply to entities;
    By obtaining better pricing through aggregating government purchasing;
  2. Continue to meet the business needs of entities;
    By establishing and maintaining procurement arrangements that satisfy entities business needs;
  3. Contribute to a competitive and viable industry; 
    By establishing reasonable arrangements that  promote a competitive and viable industry;
  4. Establish fair, equitable and transparent processes;
    Involve entities and industry in the coordinated procurement process through consultation and regular communication; and
  5. Optimise government savings through price reductions, improved efficiencies and promotion of behavioural change.


To decide which goods or services are suitable for a coordinated procurement arrangement Finance conducts a scoping study to examine entities needs, the industry and market, administrative arrangements, volumes and values as well as consulting with industry and entities.

Where a good or service is considered suitable, government agreement will be sought to conduct a tender process  to establish a whole of government arrangement.

Through the scoping study Finance will also identify and promote better practice and identify administrative arrangements that promote efficiencies.

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Last updated: 08 January 2019