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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 543

(Question No. 1529)


Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, 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 Crowley —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The Department prefers to tender or use Department of Administrative Services period contract services in accordance with the procurement guidelines, for provision of occasional design, artwork, preparation, printing, supply and distribution of forms and client information publications, other than for the tied services provided by AGPS, and does not exclude enterprises which can meet the Department's requirements and specifications.

  (2) & (3) I refer the honourable senator to the answer to Question No. 1538 by the Minister for Administrative Services.