Sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement

Supply Nation MemberIn accordance with the NSW Government Procurement Framework 2019, TAFE NSW strongly supports and promotes supplier diversity and is in the process of developing its procurement policy and practices to support small and medium sized businesses, Aboriginal-owned businesses, regional businesses and Australian Disability Enterprises.


Aboriginal Business

An Aboriginal-owned business refers to any business that is an Aboriginal owned business through recognition by an appropriate organisation, such as: NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce; an organisation representing Aboriginal owned businesses in another state or territory that is a member of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Supply Nation.

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are commercial businesses that provide employment for people with a disability (refer to the ProcurePoint website).

Regional Businesses

Regional NSW includes all areas within NSW outside the Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong metropolitan areas. A list of regional Local Government Areas is available on ProcurePoint and provided in the Buyers and Suppliers Guides.

Small and medium business (SME)

A Small Business is a business with 1-19 FTEs including sole traders and start- ups, and a Medium Business is a business with 20-199 FTEs.

The Government is undertaking a range of initiatives to make it easier to transact with its diverse suppliers.

NSW Government initiatives

  • Implementing supporting Government policy including exception provisions
  • Reducing barriers to entry
  • Standardising contracts
  • Assessing insurance requirements on a case by case basis to not disadvantage SMEs
  • Encouraging electronic payment of invoices such as Corporate Purchasing Cards
  • Building a suite of simple online resources to assist SMEs to bid for contracts
  • Implemented a policy to support faster payment times

TAFE NSW initiatives

  • When using prequalification schemes, reasonable efforts must be made to obtain at least one written quotation from an eligible SME, when multiple quotations are required and an SME is available on the Scheme
  • Procurement over $3 million must include a minimum 15 per cent of the non-price evaluation criteria attributed to how Government economic, ethical, environmental and social priorities will be supported
  • Proudly a member of Supply Nation and is working towards increasing its spend with Aboriginal Businesses
  • Currently developing a TAFE NSW Aboriginal Participation Strategy 2020 'First Nation Business First'
  • Where appropriate, inclusion of relevant evaluation criteria to support SMEs, Aboriginal Business and ADEs in the tendering process
  • Offering training to educate its internal clients about ways to support SMEs through procurement processes
  • Introducing PCards to pay for low risk purchases less than $5,000
  • Implementing SAP Ariba Network to make transacting with TAFE NSW easier and faster

Want more information?

Visit the NSW Government ProcurePoint website Before You Buy page for more information including relevant policy and objectives for Supplier Diversity and Supporting SME Participation.

NSW Procurement Service Centre

TAFE NSW Procurement Enquiries and Feedback