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Commonwealth of Australia - The Treasury

Annual Report 2014/15

Procurement initiatives to support small business

The Treasury supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website.

The Treasury recognises the importance of ensuring that small businesses are paid on time. The results of the Survey of Australian Government Payments to Small Business are available on the Treasury’s website.

Consistent with paragraph 5.4 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, the Treasury’s procurement practices provide appropriate opportunities for SMEs to compete and ensure that SMEs are not unfairly discriminated against. For example, the Treasury uses the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low-risk procurements valued under $200,000. Many small businesses do not have the sufficient scale, skills or resources to prepare complex tender documents. Using this suite, which has simple and consistent contract terms and insurance requirements, simplifies this process and makes it easier for SMEs to bid for work with the Treasury.