Government Procurement - Have Your Say!

Government Procurement is critical to the delivery of public services and contribution to the economy, with government agencies spending approximately $39 billion each year (around 18% of GDP) across a wide range of goods and services from third-party suppliers.

New Zealand Government Procurement’s annual business survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on your experiences of bidding for government contracts. MBIE also wants to understand your recent experiences with government contract management. Use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PKNPF5V

Over 650 businesses responded to the inaugural survey in 2013/14. Feedback revealed a number of areas where government agencies could improve their practices to better support the business community when bidding for and supplying government contracts.

Actions taken to address the concerns raised, include:
• Ongoing government agency capability development,
• A pilot of government model tender templates to improve consistency of practice across government,
• Working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise on an Online Resource Centre with enhanced information and tools to better support suppliers when bidding for government contracts, and
• Extension of the Government Rules of Sourcing, (the government’s minimum standards of procurement practice) to an additional 103 agencies from 1 February 2015.

More information on the Government Procurement Business Survey can be found on their web site: http://www.business.govt.nz/procurement/procurement-reform/government-procurement-business-survey

Have you noticed any changes? I’d certainly like to hear about any very good examples or very poor experiences, or in fact if there has been any noticeable change at all. Simply drop me a line ceo@metals.org.nz