Procurement directions

The Northern Territory Government is modernising its procurement framework.

On 1 July 2017, the Procurement Directions were replaced with Procurement Governance Policy and Procurement Rules.

The Procurement Governance Policy describes the Procurement Framework which includes the Procurement Principles, Procurement Lifecycle approach, Procurement Governance Model and terminology that governs and guides Northern Territory Government procurement activities.

The Procurement Rules outlines the mandatory requirements, exceptions exemptions, and process options for all government agencies and their personnel when undertaking procurement activities.

The new Procurement Governance Policy and Procurement Rules introduce a change to the look and feel of the Procurement Framework, making it much more user friendly.

A small number of changes will have staged implementation to allow industry and agencies time to adjust and implement the new internal processes and procedures that will be needed. 

ChangeReference ruleTransition agreement
Introduction of value for territory assurance program (agency internal audit requirements).1.6The requirement to have a compliant internal audit program as per rule 1.6 is delayed until 1 January 2018.
Complaints management requirements for agencies.4.1The requirement to have a compliant internal procurement complaints management processes as per rule 4.1 is delayed until 1 January 2018.
Replacement of ‘public quotation’ term with ‘tender’.VariousTransition to new terminology will commence once procurement regulations are updated, standard terms and conditions are amended and procurement systems updated. Until required changes are completed, tier 3 procurement methods will continue to be called ‘quotation’.
Contract management planning.26The requirement to comply with rule 26 contract management planning, is delayed until 1 October 2017.
Tier 5 certificate of exemption no longer requiring Ministerial endorsement.VariousApproval to use alternative (select tender) and restricted (direct contracting) procurement methods for procurements estimated to be valued over $5 million, will require Ministerial endorsement until procurement regulations are updated.

Queries relating to modernisation of the procurement framework should be directed to Procurement Policy.

Current version

Procurement governance policy - 1 September 2017 (6.3 mb)
Procurement governance policy - 1 September 2017 (539.4 kb)

Procurement rules - 23 November 2017 (1.2 mb)
Procurement rules - 23 November 2017 (444.0 kb) 

Previous versions

Procurement rules - 1 September 2017 (1.2 mb)
Procurement rules - 1 September 2017 (442.4 kb)

Procurement governance policy - 1 July 2017  (6.3 mb)
Procurement governance policy - 1 July 2017 (535.9 kb)
Procurement rules - 1 July 2017 (1.2 mb)
Procurement rules - 1 July 2017 (437.4 kb)

Procurement directions - 20 February 2017 (500.8 kb)
Procurement directions - 20 February 2017 (1.1 mb)
Procurement directions - 1 September 2016 (572.6 kb)
Procurement directions - 1 September 2016 (1.1 mb)
Procurement directions - 18 April 2016   (567.8 kb)
Procurement directions - 18 April 2016 (1.0 mb)

For previous versions of procurement direction documents contact Procurement Policy.

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Last updated: 30 November 2017