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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 is evolving quickly in our post COVID-world, we are adept at working with clients on complex procurement matters to short timeframes.

We provide the full range of front-end procurement and probity services, including drafting and implementing key project transaction documents, market soundings, industry briefings, expression of interest and tender processes, tenderer negotiations, tender evaluations, probity and advisory and project delivery. We pride ourselves on getting to know each project team, so that we can provide tailored, practical advice in a user-friendly way. 

Value for money is key in any business these days, and we try to ensure that our focus is, at all times, on quality, price, delivery and service to our clients.  This might be why we have so many long term clients that we still work with. 

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 assist your staff to apply and implement your procurement policies and procedures.

We also provide advice, assistance and training on recent can assist in your preparation for significant legislative and policy changes that may affect your procurement activities, including the following:

Experience

  • advising and assisting a large Queensland government owned corporation on the procurement of a major dredging and reclamation contract, including preparing tender documents, advising on tender evaluation issues and working closely with technical advisers
  • acting as Probity Advisor for Queensland Rail’s Commercial Out of Home Advertising tender
  • 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. 

Recent Posts

02 October 2020 - Knowledge

NSW Modern Slavery Act – road to a harmonised national reporting requirement?

#Procurement

The NSW Government has finally confirmed the path forward for the NSW Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW Act), with the intention being to harmonise the NSW Act with its Commonwealth counterpart.

22 September 2020 - Knowledge

Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Procurement Policy

#Procurement, #Government, #Construction & Infrastructure

The newly updated Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Procurement Policy (Policy) places Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and regional businesses front of mind for Government procurement.

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

Updating your procurement policies under the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)

#Procurement, #Local Government

We examine how the new Local Government Act 2020 will impact local governments’ procurement process and policies.

11 August 2020 - Knowledge

Inducing another party to breach a contract – a rare but available cause of action

#Procurement

We illustrate how inducing a third party to breach a contract is an available cause of action in Australian common law through a recent dispute concerning a patented yoghurt container lid.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

Is now the time for a change to “business as usual” in the construction industry?

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

Disruptive events present opportunities for businesses to consider whether things can be done better. Now might be a suitable time for a change to contracting in the construction and infrastructure sector.

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).