New buying policy for council
  • Monday 11 May 2009

The Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed a new procurement policy that will apply to all of council’s contracting activity.

Financial Management and Business Unit Performance portfolio holder Cr Chris Thompson said that since amalgamation, council has been working under three different procurement policies.

“This has lead to inconsistent procurement practices and confusion for both staff and suppliers.

“The new policy will replace all former policies and even out the playing field – all contracting activities undertaking by council will now have the same procurement guidelines applied to them.

“The policy includes a principle of encouraging competitive local business and industry. Council will look to build on existing initiatives like the Procurement Register that allows business to register to receive up to the minute details on available tenders and quotations,” Cr Thompson said.

While developing the policy, council has followed the local government procurement guidelines but has also introduced a sustainability principle, and is the first local government in Queensland to include such a principle.

Environment portfolio holder Cr Keryn Jones has applauded council for including the sustainable procurement guideline.

“Having the sustainable procurement guideline means that council will need to look at supporting its wider social, economic and environmental objectives every time it spends ratepayers money.

“The policy will now be referred to council’s newly formed Sustainability Advisory Panel for their assessment. We also welcome the public’s comment on the policy.

“It shows council is serious about its vision of being Australia’s most sustainable region,” Cr Jones said.

The recommendation to adopt the Procurement Policy was supported by council’s General Committee and will now go to the full council for endorsement at this week’s Ordinary Meeting in Tewantin on Thursday 14 May.

The Procurement Policy is available by contacting council on 5475 8501.