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Procurement policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy is effective from 1 September 2020.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(2) This Policy ensures that the procurement of all goods or services is conducted in an honest, competitive, fair and transparent manner with consideration of quality, service, environmental and social impacts and value for money.

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This Policy applies to all purchases of goods and services with funds administered by the University or its controlled entities, regardless of the source of funding.

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Section 4 - Policy

Procurement principles

(4) The procurement of goods and services will:

  1. align with the University’s strategic objectives and business needs
  2. be conducted with honesty, integrity, probity, diligence, fairness and consistency
  3. take into account financial and non-financial factors including price, the total life cycle consideration, environmental, social and economic factors that will deliver value for money
  4. be conducted by an appropriate market approach that encourages the market to be innovative, to generate benefits and to improve performance
  5. be conducted in accordance with the University’s policies relating to record-keeping, reporting and other requirements documenting all relevant approvals and other procurement related decisions.

(5) The University will develop strategies to procure goods and services that consider the risks and levels of complexity.

Exemption from a market approach

(6) A market approach is not required for:

  1. the procurement (including leasing) of land and buildings;
  2. the purchase of goods or services from Commonwealth, State or Territory public sector entities (including statutory authorities and government business enterprises);
  3.  the procurement of legal services, including engaging counsel or barristers for any current or anticipated litigation or dispute, by General Counsel;
  4. the purchase of clinical or educational placement services provided by health, education and equivalent organisations;
  5. procurement funded by grants, loans or other assistance, where the funding contract sets out conditions which do not comply with this Policy;
  6. the engagement of an expert or natural person under an employment agreement;
  7. critical incidents that necessitate urgent procurement needs.

(7) The Chief Operating Officer may approve an alternative procurement process.

Non-allowable items

(8) University funds must not be used for:

  1. the purchase of gifts valued at over $100;
  2. personal expenses including the purchase of Deakin car parking permits or traffic infringements (refer to the Business Expenses policy);
  3. travel, entertainment or goods and services for family members and personal relationships of staff, unless approved in advance and in writing by the Chief Operating Officer, or the Vice-Chancellor in the case of the Chief Operating Officer (refer to the Travel policy).


(9) The University will support staff and associates to recognise and understand their procurement obligations by providing education, training and information.

(10) The Procurement Services Manager is responsible for:

  1. ensuring all staff and associates are provided with information and training, making them aware of their responsibilities under the Procurement policy and Procurement procedure;
  2. monitoring practices and processes and benchmarking performance;
  3. assessing the procurement capability of the organisation.

(11) The Procurement Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the procurement strategy and providing advice to the procurement services function.

(12) Purchasers are responsible for ensuring that they comply with this Policy and the Procurement procedure.

Non compliance

(13) Instances of non-compliance with this Policy and the Procurement procedure will be reported in accordance with the Compliance Management policy and may lead to disciplinary action in accordance with the University’s Enterprise Agreement.

(14) The University has no tolerance for fraud or corruption. The Fraud and Corruption Prevention and Control policy and procedure sets out the University’s approach to preventing and dealing with fraud and corruption.

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Section 5 - Procedure

(15) The Procurement procedure documents how to comply with this Policy.

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Section 6 - Definitions

(16) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. associates: contractors, consultants, volunteers, visiting appointees and visitors to the University
  2. goods and services: the supply of equipment, consumables and like items (goods) or the provision of services or the execution of works (services).
  3. total life cycle considerations: a full consideration of the goods or services to be purchased including but not limited to planning, development, implementation, ongoing management, maintenance and transition.
  4. market approach: a process where Deakin approaches the market calling for offers for a particular good or service. A market approach may take the form of an expression of interest, request for quotation, request for information, request for proposal or request for tender.
  5. value for money: a process for assessing the best outcome from a market approach activity that assesses the capabilities and competencies of each supplier against the price submitted by each supplier. It takes into account financial and non-financial factors including price, the total life cycle consideration, environmental, social and economic factors.