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Wednesday, 24 August 1994
Page: 304

(Question No. 1537)


Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 30 June 1994:

  (1) Can an assurance be given that the department and its agencies or statutory authorities will not call for a single contractor to provide occasional design, artwork preparation, printing, supply and distribution of forms and client information publications, thereby excluding small and medium enterprises from tendering.

  (2) In the event of the purchasing of (1) being reviewed by the department and its agencies or statutory authorities, will an undertaking be given to give due recognition to initiatives outlined in the recent Report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology entitled Australian Government Purchasing Policies in relation to: (a) industry development criterion; (b) comprehensive pre-tender ANZ supplier briefing procedure; and (c) an industry impact statement for the periods of the contract(s).

  (3) Will a proportion of the department and its agencies or statutory authorities requirements under (1) be set aside for small to medium enterprises; if so, what proportion; if not, why not.


Senator Collins —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the following information in response to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) has a long-standing policy in place to request tenders for any occasional design, artwork preparation, printing, supply and distribution of forms and client information publications that are over $ 2,000. In instances where the preparation of such work as described previously is under $ 2,000, only one quote will usually be sought. In all other instances, ATSIC will seek the best value for money in an open and effective marketplace by seeking multiple quotes, not only from large printing houses, but also from small to medium sized enterprises. This process provides for the best value for money criterion under the Government's Better Buying Principles to be met.

  (2) I refer the honourable senator to the answer to question number 1538 by the Minister for Administrative Services.

  (3) I refer the honourable senator to the answer to question number 1538 by the Minister for Administrative Services.