Strategic across-government contracts are a form of standing offer developed by either the State Procurement Board or 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 development.
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.