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International agreements

Find out the additional rules that apply when international agreements apply to a procurement.

Australia and Victoria are parties to: 

  • agreements that support free trade between the parties (these agreements are referred to as international agreements 
  • government procurement agreements, where Australia and a neighbouring country agree to open procurement between the countries. 

Additional procurement rules apply when either or both of international agreements and government procurement agreements apply. 

International agreements 

International agreements apply to certain agencies 

International agreements apply to some, but not all, Victorian Government agencies.  

Agencies that need to apply the additional rules set by international agreements are: 

When International Agreements apply

International agreements apply to those agencies that must apply the additional rules where the expected cost of a procurement is more than the thresholds listed below, unless the goods, works or services being procured are excluded from the application of international agreements: 

  • for goods or services - $657,000 (inclusive of GST) 
  • for construction works - $9,247,000 (inclusive of GST)  

When international agreements do not apply 

The additional rules set by international agreements do not apply to certain procurement: 

Additional rules set by international agreements 

The additional rules set by international agreements are: 

Updated requirements apply to goods and services and construction rules from 5 May 2019.  Goods and services guides have been updated to incorporate the new requirements. Public construction policy is being updated. 

Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement 

When the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement applies 

All agencies must apply the provisions of the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement. 

The Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement applies to all procurement activity, unless the goods, works or services being procured are excluded from application. 

When the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement does not apply 

The additional rules set by the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement do not apply to certain procurement: 

Additional rules set by the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement 

The additional rules set by the Australia New Zealand Government Procurement Agreement are: 

Domestic dispute resolution 

Recent changes to the rules set by international agreements include the requirement for domestic dispute resolution to hear complaints from suppliers. Complaints are heard through arbitration. 

When international agreements apply, insert the model arbitration clause – international agreements in request for tender documents. 

The model arbitration clause refers to further detail on three issues: 

Tools and support 

Contact your procurement governance unit if you have any questions on international agreements. 

Reviewed 06 October 2019

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