Regional Procurement

Changes to Local Government

Changes to the Local Government Regulation - Part 7 Tendering

The requirement to advertise tenders in newspapers was removed from the Regulation effective 17 April 2020 as per the Local Government Circular 20-12/ 17 April 2020 / A696830. 

Removal of newspaper advertising requirements under the Regulation 

  • To alleviate the red tape burden on councils and to reduce their costs, amendments have also been made to the Regulation to remove remaining requirements for notices to be published in newspapers.
  • Councils are now instead required to publish notices on their websites and in such other manner that they consider necessary to bring it to the notice of the local community or other interested persons.

Changes to the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 – Part 7 Tendering can be viewed here

167   Open tendering

(1) A council that decides to use the open tendering method for a proposed contract must publish an advertisement inviting tenders for the proposed contract—

(a)  on the website of the council, and

(b)  in any other manner that the council considers necessary to bring it to the attention of persons who may be interested in tendering for the proposed contract.

(2) The advertisement must—

(a)  express the purpose of the proposed contract, and

(b)  give details of where and when tender documents relating to the proposed contract can be obtained and the purchase price of those documents, and

(c)  specify the name of a person to whom requests for information concerning the proposed contract may be addressed and how the person can be contacted, and

(d)  invite any person willing to fulfil the requirements of the proposed contract to submit a tender to the council by the deadline specified in the advertisement.

The deadline must be a specified time on a date that is at least 21 days after the date of publication or first publication of the advertisement.

(3)  The tender documents relating to the proposed contract must comply with clause 170. Please contact your Account Manager for further clarification or assistance.

Peter Salafia (02 4978 4044), Mark Kentish (0430 807 085), Michael Lowe (0409 490 403)