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Procurement principles, rules, policy and ethics

Government procurement is based on Principles, the Government Rules of Sourcing (where they apply) and good practice guidance. Collectively these provide a broad framework that supports accountability, sound practice and successful procurement results.


Procurement Principles

A refreshed statement of Principles of government procurement has been approved by Cabinet in July 2012 [Sec Min (12) 10/5]. The aim is to provide a plain English statement of Principles that is easier for both agencies and suppliers to understand and apply. It is essential that all government agencies take the Principles into account when buying goods and services. The new statement of Principles is as follows.

[image] Statement of principals.

The new statement of Principles forms the foundations of good procurement practice.

There is an expectation that the new Principles will be reflected in how agencies plan and manage their procurements and achieve best value-for-money results.


The Government Rules of Sourcing

The Government Rules of Sourcing [1.1 MB PDF] represent the government’s standards of good practice for procurement planning, approaching the market and contracting. They came into effect on 1 October 2013.


Procurement policy

OAG: Procurement Guidance for Public Entities


Ethics and standards

OAG: Managing Conflicts of Interest

SSC: Guidance on gifts, benefits & gratuities

SSC: Standards of Integrity & Conduct

We have also produced a toolkit for agencies which you might find of interest.


Archived material

The Principles for Procurement are derived from the previous Principles found in Government Procurement in New Zealand: Policy Guide for Purchasers - August 2007 and are consistent with the basic principles that govern all public spending. The new statement of Principles came into effect from 1 October 2012.


Last updated 9 January 2014