*** Revised Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)***
The federal government recently entered into a revised free trade agreement with Singapore (SAFTA) that applies to procurement conducted by Australian States and Territories. Most of the new obligations commence from tomorrow (1 December 2017).
The obligations that commence tomorrow are consistent with existing free trade agreements and VGPB supply policies. No change is required to existing practice for goods and services procurement.
The revised SAFTA does contain new, more onerous requirements relating to the review of alleged breaches (Chapter 6, Article 18). However, these requirements are stated to only come into effect in the event that the Trans Pacific Partnership is agreed (i.e. revived by the remaining parties) and comes into force.
The full text of the revised SAFTA is available on the DFAT website.
*** New Chair appointed to the VGPB***
The VGPB has welcomed Antoinette Brandi as the new chair effective 10 October 2017. Antoinette takes over from (Dr) Lynne Williams, who has retired from the VGPB after six years at the helm. Antoinette’s appointment provides ongoing experience and expertise to the Board, complementing a strong group of existing Board members.
We would also like to congratulate Tim Lyons who has been reappointed as a board member for another three-year term.
We look forward to working with Antoinette and Tim and benefitting from their experience and knowledge. We strongly believe the Board is well placed to continue to progress its important work in relation to government procurement and delivering value for money outcomes for Victoria.
We would also like to acknowledge Lynne’s valuable contribution to the VGPB and to thank her for her passion and commitment to the Board over the past six years. We wish her every success in the future.
***VGPB Annual Report 2016-17***
The Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) Annual Report 2016-17 was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Finance on 21 September 2017.
The VGPB acknowledges that this report is a culmination of the work and achievements from both the VGPB and organisations. With this in mind, the VGPB would like to thank Chief Procurement Officers and Internal Procurement Units for their support in delivering this year’s report.
Key highlights of the report include:
- implementation of the Supplier Code of Conduct across general government entities;
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV) gained accreditation to operate under the VGPB Supply Policy Framework; and
- activities and initiatives undertaken to progress the VGPB’s strategic priorities.
Visit the annual report page to review the report or the about us page for more information on the VGPB.
***Contract Templates Updated***
The Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) and DTF Legal have updated all VGPB standard contract templates to reflect current legislative change and the introduction of the Supplier Code of Conduct.
Please refer to the VGPB website for your updated version
***CenITex Gains VGPB Accreditation***
The VGPB would like to congratulate CenITex on its successful transition to the VGPB Supply Policy framework effective from 1 July 2017. The VGPB and its Secretariat are looking forward to working with CenITex to support the implementation of its procurement governance and delivery model designed to improve procurement efficiencies.
For more information about CenITex procurement please refer to CenITex's procurement activity plan page
***Supplier Code of Conduct***
The Victorian Government has implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct (the Code) to support its 2014 election commitment to ensure ethical, sustainable and socially responsible procurement.
The Victorian Government views its suppliers as partners and cares about the way that they do business when providing goods or services, including construction works and services, to the Victorian Government.
The Code describes the minimum expectations in the areas of: integrity, ethics and conduct; conflict of interest, gifts, benefits and hospitality; corporate governance; labour and human rights; health and safety; and environmental management.
Suppliers to the Victorian Government are advised to review the Code and ensure that relevant areas of their business and supply chain meet these standards.
Government buyers can find out more under the Code policy page of this website.
For further information please contact the VGPB Secretariat on 9651 1699 or alternatively contact your internal procurement unit or equivalent.