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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 458

(Question No. 1525)


Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance, 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 period 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 Cook —The Minister for Finance has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) For some printing and associated work the Department of Finance, its agencies and statutory authorities are tied to the services provided by the Australian Government Publishing Service (AGPS). Where freedom exists to select a supplier to provide occasional design, artwork preparation, printing, supply and distribution of forms and client information publications, organisations do so either through the AGPS or undertake the task directly. In following either path action is taken in compliance with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. In the latter case quotations are obtained from suppliers of various sizes and acceptance is based on obtaining best value for money, taking account of a number of factors including price, delivery time and any knowledge of reliability.

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