Strategic across-government contracts are a form of standing offer developed by an individual portfolio in its role as a lead agency. The objective of these contracts is to achieve strategic outcomes for the public sector through procurement activity and centralise:
- the evaluation of offers to determine technical compliance;
- the negotiation of terms and conditions; and
- contract management.
Centralisation of these processes delivers savings to agencies by reducing transaction costs and reduces the risk associated with repetitive or common purchasing. These contracts are of strategic importance and by aggregating expenditure provide the best result for government in terms of savings, service levels and value for money.