Greater Taree City Council has a formal Tendering Policy in place, that governs the way in which Council formally tenders for goods and services. In addition to the internal Tendering Policy, all tendering in NSW Local Government is governed by the NSW Local Government Act 1993, Section 55 and the NSW Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, Part 7.
Council undertakes the majority of its tendering via e-tendering. This has been designed to improve the speed, efficiency, transparency & fairness of the tender process for Council and its Suppliers.
In order to use the e-tendering web portal, all Suppliers must first register on the web portal free of charge. As a registered supplier, you can receive email notification of any new tenders we publish, download and view the documentation electronically and participate in forums to seek clarification or to ask questions. Where available, submission of your bids can be completed through the e-tender box facility.
Statement of Business Ethics
In addition to the Tendering Policy mentioned above, Council has adopted a Statement of Business Ethics. The Statement provides guidance for all organisations when doing business with Council. It outlines the Council’s ethical standards and our expectation that goods and service providers and contractors will comply with these standards in all their dealings with us. The Statement also outlines what providers and contractors can expect of the Council.
Our Tendering Policy and the Statement of Business Ethics are designed to be consistent with our obligations under the Local Government Act 1993 and related regulations. Our staff are expected to maintain high standards of integrity and ethical conduct, consistent with the positions of trust they hold and we expect no less of the service providers and contractors that undertake work for us.
This Statement is designed to ensure that business relationships between service providers and contractors are fair and productive for all.
Register of Government Contracts Advice
The Government Information Public Access Act (GIPA) requires government agencies (including local councils) to record and publish certain information about some contracts with private sector bodies.
Part 3, Division 5 of the GIPA Act states that information about contracts worth more than $150,000 (excluding GST) between agencies and private sector bodies must be recorded in a register of government contracts.
That register must be published on the agency's website, and made public in any other way that the agency decides to make its open access information available.
Contracts that must be included in the government contracts register are those:
• Between an agency and a private sector contractor
• Signed after 1 January 2007 or, for local councils and state-owned corporations, after the commencement of the GIPA Act (1 July 2010)
• For a value of $150,000 or more, and involve:
- The contractor undertaking a specific project such as construction, infrastructure or property development
- The contractor agreeing to provide specific goods or services
- The transfer or lease of real property.
Employment contracts do not need to be included in the register. Information for recently awarded contracts can be found in the register.