The Government has established a number of contracts for frequently purchased goods and services such as office supplies, print management, IT and communications and energy performance. These contracts are established when greater value for money can be achieved by aggregating demand across departments. Departments are required to use existing government contracts for the purchase of goods and services where those contracts can fulfil their needs.
Existing government contracts include:
State Purchase Contracts (SPCs)
SPCs are mandatory for departments to use and non-mandatory for outer budget government agencies and local government.
Sole Entity Purchase Contracts (SEPCs)
SEPCs function in the same way as SPCs but are specific to an individual department or agency.
Note that under the SPC policy, regional government offices may purchase goods and services (one-off or in aggregate up to $25,000) from a regional supplier if they can demonstrate that a supplier is providing equal or better value for money than a contract.
Note: The business case for an SPC or SEPC must consider local sourcing and opportunities for small and medium enterprises.