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Contract management and contract disclosure – goods and services policy

The contract management and disclosure policy covers rules for managing and disclosing goods and services procurement contracts.

Context

This policy outlines the requirements for contract management and contract disclosure. It is mandatory for all Victorian Government departments and any public bodies (hereafter referred to as ‘organisations’) that are subject to the supply policies of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB).

The Contract management and contract disclosure policy covers 2 components.

1. Contract management

Contract management is the systematic and efficient management of contract creation, execution and analysis for the purpose of maximising financial and operational performance and minimising risk.

2. Contract disclosure

An organisation makes specific information available to the community on the contracts it has entered into with a supplier.

1 Contract management

1.1 Contract management operates at 2 distinct levels:

  • at the level of the organisation as a high-level contract management planning strategy (CMPS)
  • at the level of individual procurement activity

1.1.1 Contract management at the organisational level

At the organisational level, a CMPS can identify how individual contracts in a procurement category could be managed. It positions contract management issues at the beginning of the procurement planning cycle and allows for the effective allocation of resources.

Developing a CMPS takes place at the beginning of the planning process after identifying procurement categories and carrying out an assessment of complexity.

Figure 1 indicates where the CMPS is considered and developed in the procurement process.

Figure 1: Contract management at the organisation level

Figure 1 shows that within annual planning, the contract management and disclosure policy relates to develop category contract management strategy.

1.1.2 Contract management at the individual procurement level

At the individual procurement activity level, contract management is the management of contracts made with supplier(s) to ensure that goods and services are delivered as agreed over the life of the contract and that value for money is consistently achieved. Contract management as a function can extend beyond the current term of the contract where there are ongoing obligations associated with maintenance agreements, warranties and guarantees.

Consideration of contract management issues is relevant across the elements of market analysis and review and market approach.

At the market approach stage of sourcing, it can inform prospective suppliers about the organisation’s intended legal arrangement in delivering the procurement requirement.

Figure 2 highlights the stages at which contract management is considered and implemented at the individual procurement activity level.

Figure 2: Contract management at the individual procurement level

Figure 2 shows that within an individual procurement activity, the contract management and disclosure policy relates to:

  • create a contract
  • commit to a contract
  • manage contract
  • contract review or closure.

1.2 Mandatory requirements

The organisation must manage its contracts in a manner that is appropriate for the complexity and risk of the procurement activity.

At a minimum, the organisation must develop:

  • a CMPS for categories of that represent a significant proportion of the organisation’s spend
  • a contract management plan for each individual procurement activity that is critical and high risk

The accountable officer must ensure that:

  • contracts are managed on behalf of the organisation by people with sufficient capability
  • contracts clearly define the performance standards, review mechanisms and deliverables required from the supplier

The organisation must:

  • keep an appropriate record of contracts on a contracts register
  • monitor contracts to ensure the expiry dates of insurance certificates are current and new certificates are obtained prior to expiry

2. Contract disclosure

Contract disclosure, including disclosure of variations, ensures high standards of probity and transparency in government procurement.

2.1 Mandatory requirements

2.2.1 Contract disclosure

Organisations must disclose the key details for contracts (excluding contracts under head agreements), with a total estimated value equal to or exceeding $100,000 (including GST) within 60 days of the award of a contract on the contract publishing system, the Tenders VIC website.

Disclosure relates to:

  • individual procurement contracts that are not contracts under head agreements such as state purchase contracts (SPC) and sole entity purchase contracts (SEPC)
  • head agreements such as state purchase contracts (SPC) and sole entity purchase contracts (SEPC)

Key details for disclosure include:

  • contract details:
    • contract number
    • contract title
    • type of contract
    • total estimated value of contract or SPC/SEPC
    • start date and current term of contract
    • category
  • organisation details:
    • organisation
    • contact person
    • contact number
    • email address
  • supplier details:
    • name of supplier
    • Australian Business Number or Australian Company Number

Organisations must disclose full contract information for contracts with an estimated value exceeding $10 million (including GST) on the contract publishing system. Only trade secrets or genuinely confidential business information will be withheld from voluntary disclosure, along with material which if disclosed would seriously harm the public interest. The Government will be guided by the criteria established by Parliament in the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Organisations are to develop protocols and procedures detailing such exemptions from disclosure.

2.2.2 Variation disclosure

Each individual variation, or variations with a cumulative value exceeding $100, 000 (including GST) must be disclosed on the contract publishing system against the contract to which the variation relates. The estimated value of the variation and the adjustment to the total estimated value of the contract must be noted on the contract publishing system.

Tools and support

Access a Microsoft Word version of the Contract management and contract disclosure – goods and services policy in the goods and services document library.

For more information about Contract management and contract disclosure – Goods and services policy, please contact the Goods and services team.

Reviewed 26 November 2019

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