General Procurement

What is the function of the State Procurement Board?

The State Procurement Board was established by the State Procurement Act 2004 and administers its provisions. The principal functions of the Board are "to facilitate strategic procurement by public authorities by setting the strategic direction of procurement practices across government" and to develop policies, principles and guidelines relating to these responsibilities. Additional functions encompass policy compliance, reviewing procurement performance across government and procurement training and development. The Board is responsible for overseeing the procurement of goods and services, along with the disposal of goods by public authorities. It has a key role in improving procurement across government.

To assist the Board in focussing on strategic issues, it has the power to delegate specific approval authority to the Board Delegate or the Procurement Approvals Committee (PAC) for transaction approvals.

Who makes up the Board?

The Board comprises a mix of private and public sector expertise to assist public sector procurement.

The Act requires that Board members together have a practical knowledge of, and experience in:

  • Procurement
  • Private commerce or industry
  • Industry development
  • Industrial relations
  • Information technology
  • Risk management
  • Environmental protection and management
  • Community services, and
  • Social inclusion

Apart from the Chairperson, the Governor in the Executive Council appoints the Board members for a period of up to two years.

Click here to view the current State Procurement Board.

What is Procurement Policy and Governance?

Procurement Policy and Governance:

  • Provides executive operational support to the State Procurement Board by providing secretariat services, policy advice and developing and leading procurement improvement initiatives across government;
  • Develops and provides professional development and training; and
  • Conducts agency operational reviews on behalf of the State Procurement Board.

What are the principles of purchasing in the SA Government?

The State Procurement Act 2004 (the Act) details three main principles:

  • Obtaining value in the expenditure of public money
    Making decisions, which ensure the best possible outcome in both financial and non-financial terms in a timely and efficient manner, commensurate with the nature of the purchase. This includes the initial cost of purchase, fitness for purpose, service, support, warranty, operating costs, anticipated maintenance and repair and disposal or removal of the product at the end of its useful life.
  • Providing for ethical and fair treatment of participants
    Conducting all dealings with or in relation to suppliers in an open, honest and impartial manner, maintaining confidentiality and respecting their rights and obligations.
  • Ensuring probity, accountability and transparency in procurement operations
    Ensuring the integrity of the procurement process and actions taken by government employees and/or representatives.

Aside from the principles of the Act, decision-making relating to procurement activities undertaken across government should align with, and support, the achievement of targets identified in South Australia's Strategic Plan.

Click here to view the State Procurement Act 2004.
Click here to view the State Strategic Plan.

How can I get a copy of the procurement policies and guidelines?

The Board's policies and guidelines accessible here. Whilst the underlying requirements of procurement are contained in the Board policies and guidelines, it is important to understand that many individual public authorities may have developed a range of procedures that are specific to the individual agency.

For information relative to your specific requirements, please contact the procurement unit within your public authority. Information on individual public authorities can be accessed through the SA Central website.

Key procurement points of contact for public authorities with significant procurement spend are:

Attorney-General's Department - 8226 5144
Courts Administration Authority - 8226 0122
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources - 8463 6576
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion - 8124 4055
Department of State Development - 8226 7848
Department of Education and Child Development - 8226 3332
Department of Justice - 8226 5144
Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA - 8226 2762
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Corporate - 8226 2351
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Shared Services SA - 8462 1506
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Office of Digital Government - 8226 5002
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - 8343 2742
Department of Treasury and Finance - 8226 2351
SA Health - 8425 9276
South Australian Police (SAPOL) - 7322 3557
SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) - 8463 4097
South Australian Motorsport Board - 8463 4669
South Australian Tourism Commission - 8463 4627
TAFE SA - 8226 3198

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What should I do if I need further information on a procurement policy, or further assistance to that provided in the State Procurement Board's Guidelines located on its website?

The initial point of contact should be your public authority procurement unit.

If you are unable to obtain the information you require, direct the question to the Policy and Governance team:

Procurement Policy and Governance
Level 6 State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Phone: 8226 5001 or

Email the State Procurement Board