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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

07 April 2022 - Knowledge

Compliance in a crisis

#Australian Government, #Procurement

With recent crisis situations front of mind, the Australian National Audit Office has provided guidance on Australian Government accountability requirements in emergency events such as COVID-19.

19 January 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin – summer edition

#Government, #Administrative Law, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Procurement, #Property, Planning & Development, #Workplace Relations & Safety

In this edition, we explore various skills to help you reset and reinvigorate for what lies ahead for the public sector in 2022.

10 November 2021 - Knowledge

ACCC warning on cartel conduct risk in public sector tenders

#Government, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Procurement, #Competition & Consumer Law

The ACCC has issued a warning to public sector agencies to be alert for cartel conduct in government tender processes after a recent investigation highlighted potential issues.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Major changes proposed to NSW Modern Slavery Act

#Procurement

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) now has a proposed commencement date and other impending amendments, courtesy of an amending bill introduced to NSW Parliament last week.

01 October 2021 - Knowledge

Public sector procurement: A highly skilled profession

#Government, #Procurement

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council is the peak council for Australian and New Zealand government agencies with responsibilities relating to procurement, construction and asset and real property management.

13 September 2021 - Knowledge

Modern slavery risk in Australian international supply chains – are you managing your exposure?

#Transport, Shipping & Logistics, #Procurement

We discuss why it’s important your business complies with Australia’s modern slavery legislation and how you can manage your international supply chains to meet the required standards.

07 July 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Procurement

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council has commenced a process to professionalise public sector procurement in public sector jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand. We take a look at the strategy and its implications.

17 June 2021 - Knowledge

Government procurement: Detecting and deterring bid rigging conduct

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Competition & Consumer Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the ACCC’s recent enforcement action for “bid rigging” cartel conduct arising from government procurement activity, we provide tips for government lawyers to detect and deter such behaviour occurring on their next procurement.

08 June 2021 - Knowledge

How to detect and deter bid rigging conduct in government procurement

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Competition & Consumer Law, #Government, #Procurement

With the ACCC’s recent enforcement action for “bid rigging” cartel conduct arising from government procurement activity, we provide tips for government lawyers to detect and deter such behaviour occurring on their next procurement.

09 April 2021 - Knowledge

The updated Commonwealth Procurement Rules: An emphasis on SMEs and sustainability

#Government, #Procurement

As 2021 moves full steam ahead, this note provides a quick reminder about some of the key updates to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules that took effect in December 2020. Those updates were largely targeted at making it easier for small and medium businesses to engage with relevant Commonwealth entities but also focus on sustainability.

08 April 2021 - Knowledge

Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (Cth): A reminder about Australia’s new regime for reporting on payment times

#Government, #Procurement

The Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (Cth) commenced on 1 January 2021. The Act introduces a scheme requiring large businesses and certain government enterprises to report on their payment terms and practices in relation to small business suppliers. Although not applicable to all Commonwealth entities, the underlying policy intent of the Act requires consideration.

09 December 2020 - Knowledge

Reputation takes a lifetime to build and one modern slavery statement to destroy

#Procurement

We revisit the all-important modern slavery reporting requirements as the maiden round of modern slavery statements are submitted to Australia’s Modern Slavery Register.