The State Procurement Act 2004 (the Act) established the State Procurement Board (the Board) to oversee procurement operations for public authorities. The Board came in to effect on the 4th October 2005.
Role of the State Procurement Board - the Board’s functions are set out in section 12 of the Act and the primary functions of the Board can be summarised as follows:
- To facilitate strategic procurement by government agencies by setting the strategic direction of procurement practices across government;
- To develop, issue and keep under review policies, principles and guidelines relating to the procurement operations of government agencies;
- To develop, issue and keep under review standards for procurement by government agencies using electronic procurement systems;
- To investigate and keep under review levels of compliance with the Board’s procurement policies, principles, guidelines, standards and directions; and
- To assist in the development and delivery of training and development courses and activities relevant to the procurement operations of government agencies.
Under the Act, the Board must have regard and seek to further the object of that Act by advancing government priorities and objectives by a system of procurement for government agencies directed towards:
- Obtaining value for money in the expenditure of Government funds;
- Providing for ethical and fair treatment of participants; and
- Ensuring probity, accountability and transparency in procurement operations.
Appointment of Members
The Board is a body corporate and its members bring a mix of private and public sector expertise, which assist public sector procurement. The Act requires that Board members together have a practical knowledge of, and experience in:
- Private commerce or industry;
- Industry development;
- Industrial relations;
- Information technology;
- Risk management;
- Environmental protection and management;
- Community services; and
- Social inclusion.
Apart from the Presiding Member, who is appointed in accordance with the State Procurement Act 2004, the Governor in the Executive Council appoints the Board members for a period of up to two years. Members can be reappointed.
The Act also states that there must be at least one female and one male appointed member.
A copy of the Act ("Legislation") is available at the following location State Procurement Act 2004.
A copy of the Regulations is available at the following location State Procurement Regulations 2005.