Comment sought on Australian-first debarment regime

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Government's commitment to contracting with responsible suppliers.
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Written feedback from industry and the public on the State’s newly drafted procurement debarment regime is being sought by Minister for Finance Ben Wyatt.

The debarment regime excludes from government contracts, at a whole of government level, suppliers who do not run their businesses responsibly.

The regime demonstrates the State’s commitment to open, fair and transparent contracting in partnership with responsible suppliers.

It will be supported by the Procurement Bill 2020, introduced to State Parliament by the Minister for Finance in May 2020.

No other Australian jurisdiction currently has a debarment regime that applies to all types of procurement. Some are considering similar systems, but Western Australia will lead the way.

"We have an obligation to protect and safeguard the use and expenditure of public funds and to maintain public confidence in our contracting”, the Minister said.

"I encourage industry and the public to provide robust feedback to help us improve public confidence in procurement."

More information about the debarment regime is available on the Department of Finance website. You are encouraged to give feedback by email on procurementreform@finance.wa.gov.au before Monday 27 July 2020.

Page reviewed 16 June 2020
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