Purchases by WA agencies below $50,000 can now be done without the Department of Finance’s Government Procurement (GP) Branch. In addition, the threshold for at which agencies must approach the market with an open public tender for goods and services is now $250,000, under new State Supply Commission (SSC) amendments.
The decision to amend the policy was in recognition of the WA public sector’s growing adeptness at procurement, according to the SSC.
Prior to the amendments, the GP Branch had to be involved in any purchase above $20,000 and there had to be an approach to the market for goods and services above $150,000 – ie an increase in the threshold of $100,000.
The price range for mandatory written quotations has also increased from $20,001-$150,000 to $50,000-$250,000.
Public authorities are now allowed to determine the appropriate procurement method including direct sourcing, verbal or written quotations up to $50,000.
Prior to the amendment the price range for verbal quotations was restricted to $5,001- $20,000.
A full summary of the State Supply Commission’s amendments is available here.