Procurement Best Practice Guidelines

Best practice procurement guidelines 2013 coverAbout the Guidelines

The Victorian Local Government Best Practice Procurement Guidelines 2013 (the Guidelines) are designed to assist Victorian councils and regional library corporations better understand their obligations under the Local Government Act 1989. The Guidelines were first released by Local Government Victoria (LGV) in 2008.

About the consultation process

Throughout 2011 and 2012, LGV undertook a lengthy consultation process to establish the priorities for a revision of the Guidelines as well as reflect changes that have occurred since the first version was released.

The Guidelines have been informed by recommendations contained in reports by the Victorian Auditor-General and the Victorian Ombudsman and are a collaboration between LGV, procurement professionals across Victoria and in Victorian local government, key stakeholders and advisory bodies and the Local Government Professionals Special Interest Group.

The Guidelines

The Guidelines are intended for use by both specialist in the field of local government procurement and by staff who are engaged in routine procurement activities.

The refreshed Guidelines not only detail legislative requirements but also detail various stages of the procurement process - planning, implementation, management, evaluation and reporting on procurement.

Questions or enquiries can be directed to Local Government Victoria.

Ministerial Approved Arrangements - application form

Following the release of the Victorian Local Government Best Practice Procurement Guidelines 2013, LGV has developed an application form to assist councils seeking Ministerial Approval under section 186(5)(c) of the Local Government Act 1989 (Act).

The application form is designed to assist prompt assessment of a council’s application by ensuring that all key information is provided.

The power of the Minister for Local Government to grant an approval under section 186(5)(c) of the Act is a discretionary one, and before exercising that power, the Minister must be satisfied that there are sound reasons to do so.

Information outlining use of application form and submission details (PDF 30 KB) or (Word 22 KB)

Application form (PDF 53 KB) or (Word 50 KB)

Questions or requests for further information can be directed to Local Government Victoria.