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Procurement

Our dedicated national procurement group provides services to a range of government and private sector commercial clients. 

Procurement

Comprised of both Construction & Infrastructure, and Corporate & Commercial partners, our specialist procurement team can help you navigate this fast-changing, complex area.

Expertise

In an area that can change quickly, we are adept at working with clients on complex matters to short timeframes. We can assist in your preparation for significant legislative changes that may affect your procurement activities, including the:

We provide front-end procurement and drafting advice including drafting and implementing key project transaction documents, tender processes, tender evaluations, probity and advisory, as well as project delivery.

We help ensure that value for money is obtained in procurement and also that the focus is, at all times, on quality, price, delivery and service as the main criteria in procurement assessments.

We are across the latest trends and issues in the sector, ensuring that suppliers and contractors comply with ethical and sustainable business standards and practices. See our article here about the various models that are available for integrating sustainability into the procurement process.

We also implement strategies to enable your staff to apply and implement your procurement policies and procedures.

Experience

  • advised a large overseas developer on Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) procurement 
  • provided legal advice to the Commonwealth Government in relation to the Coal Sector Jobs Plan and Coal Mine Abatement Technology Support Package
  • provided probity advice for the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Appointed probity advisor for the Office’s Container Deposit Scheme
  • advised the Northern Territory Government on the development of the Marine Industry Park (a 160 hectare development in Darwin)
  • worked with Victoria University’s project managers as probity advisor on a first of its kind unsolicited proposal for the Victorian Police Centre Development Project
  • advised the City of Sydney council regarding its Green Square Project including preparing, developing, and delivering a presentation and workshop to council and relevant personnel
  • drafted standard procurement and contracting documentation for a range of public and private sector clients.

Recent Posts

19 May 2020 - Knowledge

Commonwealth procurement changes to address COVID-19

#Procurement, #COVID-19

On 11 May 2020, the Department of Finance released the COVID-19 – Procurement Policy Note (Procurement Note) to assist Commonwealth entities who are undertaking procurements in the current COVID-19 environment or dealing with affected suppliers.

30 April 2020 - Knowledge

Update: Modern slavery reporting deadlines extended and new COVID-19 guidance released

#Procurement, #COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, modern slavery reporting deadlines have been extended and new guidance has been released.

26 March 2020 - Knowledge

NSW Modern Slavery Act – where to next? Long-awaited report finally released

#Procurement

On 25 March 2020, the NSW Parliament Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues handed down its long-awaited report on the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW), the consultation draft of the Modern Slavery Bill 2019, and the consultation draft of the Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW). We look at the important recommendations made.

18 March 2020 - Knowledge

Force majeure and COVID-19 – what you need to know now

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement, #COVID-19

COVID-19 has already had an unprecedented impact upon business and the economy. Supply chains have been disrupted, business arrangements have been altered and there is a real uncertainty in the community about how to respond to the event. So what do you need to know and what do you need to do immediately to manage this issue?

18 March 2020 - Knowledge

Are your contracts crisis ready?

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Procurement, #COVID-19

From global supply chains to small town purchase orders- a huge number of contractual arrangements are being disrupted by recent natural events.

03 March 2020 - Knowledge

Public procurement laws and regulations in Australia

#Procurement, #Corporate & Commercial Law

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement 2020 provides a comprehensive and cohesive analysis and comparison of the public procurement laws in Australia and on a global scale.

25 February 2020 - Knowledge

Modern Slavery Act requirements – time to act now

#Procurement

The majority of Australian entities who are required to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) have less than six months of their reporting period to go and will be required to submit a modern slavery statement at the end of this year (depending on the financial year adopted by that entity).

25 February 2020 - Knowledge

Local government procurement in the bushfire aftermath

#Procurement, #Local Government

As the fires begin to ease, many councils in fire-ravaged regions are grappling with the aftermath of the bushfires. A new legislative change may bring some help to those councils who need to quickly enter into new contracts for goods or services to assist with the bushfire response and recovery.

18 February 2020 - Knowledge

Manage your risk in contractor procurement

#Procurement

There are many factors that can impact the success of a contract at every stage of the procurement cycle. To optimise contract success, care must be taken to identify each of these factors, manage risks, and ensure that value is not lost along each of the stages of the supply chain.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Be ready for 2020

#Agribusiness, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Native Title, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property & Real Estate, #Technology, Media & Telecommunications, #Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Workplace Relations & Safety, #Procurement

New whistleblower requirements, increased pressure to protect data globally, turbulence in the communications sector, and intensifying drought management issues - 2020 is set to be a significant time of change across many industries.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

New rights for tenderers to challenge NSW Government procurement processes

#Procurement, #Construction & Infrastructure, #Government

A new regime for tenderers to challenge certain NSW Government tender processes has just commenced. We outline the processes under the new regime.

28 November 2019 - Knowledge

Top 10 issues in procurement

#Procurement

It has been a big year for procurement. As procurement and tendering processes become increasingly complex, we outline the top 10 issues businesses need to keep in mind for 2020.