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About the reform

New Zealand Government Procurement, a branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, leads procurement reform in New Zealand with the support of Treasury and State Services Commission and oversight by Cabinet’s State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Committee. The reform programme has been complemented by the Procurement Functional Leadership

Some key achievements to date

The programme is delivering results and supporting procurers in their jobs. Key achievements to date include:

  • Launch of the New Zealand Procurement Academy through which public sector procurers are benefitting from subsidised access to high quality training and education towards internationally recognised professional qualitifications. These courses are also open to the private sector;
  • Support for agencies to identify procurement skills gaps and areas for capability improvement;
  • New Rules for Government Sourcing that make it easier for New Zealand companies to tender for government contracts and provide better value for money for taxpayers. They are aligned to international benchmarks;
  • A number of red-tape cutting initiatives that are making it easier for suppliers to do business with government;
  • Development of a wide range of best practice procurement tools, templates and guidance – for both public and private sector audiences;
  • Establishment of All-of-Government contracts that have the potential to deliver cost savings in excess of $699 million over the terms of the contracts;
  • Development of further All-of-Government contracts to deliver additional savings and efficiencies;
  • Establishment of a commercial pool of procurement practitioners to give agencies strategic support for major procurement projects.

Further information

To find out more about the reform programme, explore the Reform presentations and papers page.

Last updated 6 November 2015