Victorian Government Purchasing Board
Achieving Excellence in Government Procurement

The Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) was established under the Financial Management Act 1994 external site icon(the Act) in 1995. The Board meets bi-monthly to develop and approve policies, provide guidance of strategic procurements, and to discuss procurement policy and practice matters. The VGPB reports to the Assistant Treasurer, Robin Scott MP. 


To provide leadership in government procurement of goods and services to deliver value-for-money outcomes for Victoria.


To ensure government:

  • develops procurement capability;
  • delivers value-for-money and fit-for-purpose outcomes;
  • minimises risk; and
  • enables access to procurement opportunities for all businesses.

In February 2013, the VGPB introduced a procurement policy framework that changed the way the Victorian Government procures goods and services. The framework consist of five policies external site icon that shift procurement from a financial threshold to a complexity and risk base model.  As of 1 January 2015, all organisations transitioned to the policy framework and are now operating under the complexity based model.

Following transition to the policy framework, the VGPB has taken the opportunity to take a longer-term focus and has developed a five year strategic plan which includes five strategic priorities. The strategic plan has been informed by feedback from chief procurement officers to assist the Board in better understanding the needs of organisations to focus on building a more collaborative framework with stakeholders into the future.


 VGPB Strategic Plan 2016-21 Overview diagram


The VGPB has the following functions as defined by section 54B of the Act:

  • In relation to the supply of goods and services to departments and the management and disposal of goods by departments:
    • to develop, implement and review policies and practices; and
    • to provide advice, staff training and consultancy services. to monitor departmental compliance with supply policies and Ministerial directions and to report irregularities to the relevant minister and the Minister for Finance;
  • to foster improvements in the use and application of purchasing systems and electronic trading;
  • to establish and maintain a comprehensive database of purchasing data of departments and supply markets for access by departments; and
  • any other functions conferred on the Board by this Part.

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