Purchasing and contracts

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) procurement refers to the purchase of goods or services, including consultancies and professional services; construction; maintenance and material supply contracts; facilities contracts and capital equipment, undertaken by the AAD (representing the Department of the Environment and Energy) for its own consumption.

The Commonwealth Procurement Rules 2017 (CPRs) are issued by the Minister for Finance under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). These rules apply to the procurement of all goods and services and outline the fundamental policies and principles that underpin AAD procurement. They articulate the requirements for officials conducting procurement on behalf of the AAD, in the design, conduct and management of all aspects of AAD procurement.

Value for money is the core principle governing Commonwealth procurement. This core principle is underpinned by four supporting principles:

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness;
  • Accountability and Transparency;
  • Ethics; and
  • Industry Development.

The Commonwealth Contract Terms [PDF] are applicable for many formal agreements, and will help suppliers understand the processes involved with AAD procurement.  

The Commonwealth Purchase Order Terms [PDF] outline the terms and conditions under which the AAD conducts the purchase of goods or services of lower complexity and/or value, by means of a Purchase Order.

Procurements of higher value and/or complexity will utilise agreements with terms and conditions that are specific to the supply of those particular goods or services.

If you require any additional information on AAD Procurement, please contact Procurement@aad.gov.au.