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Procurement Policy

1. Purpose

The aim of this policy is to provide direction for Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) employees engaging in the procurement of goods and services on behalf of CIT.

2. Scope

This policy concerns all CIT staff engaging in the procurement of goods and services and delegates authorising expenditure.

NOTE - For Asset purchases refer to the CIT Asset Management Policy, for Credit Card purchases refer to the CIT Corporate Credit Card Policy and for Incidental reimbursements refer to the CIT Staff Incidentals Reimbursement Procedures (internal access only).

3. Principles

3.1 All CIT procurement activity is governed by the Government Procurement Act 2001, the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 and associated Procurement Policy Circulars.

3.2 All purchases must be made within the principles set out below and with the associated CIT Procurement Procedures.

3.3 CIT's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has delegated the responsibility of approving the procurement of goods, services or works under the Financial Delegations.

3.4 The primary principle to be applied in CIT procurement is value for money.  In pursuing value for money a Purchasing Officer must:

  1. Ensure purchasing is undertaken with transparency and propriety in an environment of open and effective competition;
  2. Comply with a high standard of integrity, probity, professional conduct and ethical behaviour;
  3. Consider environmental and sustainability issues;
  4. Incorporate a risk management approach;
  5. Consider ethical supplier history (for appropriate works or services); and
  6. Optimise the whole of life costs.

3.5 All procurement activities involving capital works or construction work must be managed in consultation with Infrastructure Finance and Capital Works.

3.6 Where an 'estimated value', including GST, is determined and is under one of the stated thresholds by 10% or less, the basis for selecting that estimated value should be documented and placed on file for audit purposes before undertaking the procurement process.

3.7 Where Whole of Government contracts are in place use of these contracts is mandatory.

3.8 The following procurement and purchasing threshold principles apply (as per the Government Procurement Regulation 2007):

  1. Purchases less than $25,000 (including GST) – Officers must seek one oral quotation from a Supplier.
  2. Purchases greater than or equal to $25,000 and less than $200,000 (including GST) – Officers must seek at least three written quotations.
  3. Purchases greater than or equal to $200,000 (including GST) – Officers must invite public tenders.

3.9 Only the CEO can approve an exemption from quotation and tender requirements (to enable a single select or select procurement process), and only if the benefit of exemption outweighs the benefit of complying with procurement policy. An exemption must state:

  1. The procurement process to which it applies;
  2. The reasons for giving the exemption; and
  3. Any direction to which it is subject (the number of quotes being sought and who will be invited).

3.10 The following control and risk management principles are to be adhered to:

  1. There must be a distinct segregation of duties in the requesting, evaluation, approval and payment stages of the process.
  2. Purchasing Officers are responsible for obtaining all required documentation from Suppliers and Delegates.
  3. All purchases must have the prior approval of the appropriate Delegate.
  4. Delegates must ensure that the purchase is necessary and in the best interests of CIT, having regard to the College/Division budgets.
  5. CIT's purchasing processes must never be used for transactions of a private nature.
  6. Risk assessments and process audits of the purchasing process are to be conducted regularly.

Clarification note:

All dollar ($) amounts and/or all dollar ($) threshold amounts referred to in this policy are inclusive of GST unless specifically indicated otherwise.

4. Documentation

Authority Source

  1. Government Procurement Act 2001
  2. Government Procurement Regulation 2007

Related links

  1. CIT Asset Management Policy
  2. CIT Corporate Credit Card Policy
  3. CIT Staff Incidentals Reimbursement Procedures (internal access only)
  4. Procurement Policy Circulars

Supporting Guide

  1. CIT Procurement Procedures


  1. Financial Delegations Manual
  2. Financial Delegations Matrix

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.

6. Policy Contact Officer

Procurement and Contract Manager.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email for further information.