Government reveals $220m print procurement programme

Chris Bowen, minister for human services says the Design, Production and Distribution Tender programme will streamline the way Government engages with the Australian printing industry, reducing the administrative burden on both Government and industry.

He says, “This five-year plan will save millions of dollars and many hours of paperwork through reduced administrative costs and less red tape for businesses.”

Bowen continues that as a major user of print services with extensive experience and expertise, Centrelink was chosen to lead the consultation process, working with other Government agencies and the printing industry to devise a smart solution to the Government’s current and future printing needs.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Tanner minister for finance and deregulation says, “The Government awards contracts totalling about $30bn a year to procure goods and services. A number of those goods and services are bought by most or all agencies and yet under existing arrangements the purchase of those items is not coordinated across Government.”

Tanner continues, “Our new Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines facilitate a coordinated approach to procurement that will make sure Australian taxpayers get the best value for money.”

According to the Government, the Design, Production and Distribution Tender programme has been structured to meet the requirements of all participating agencies on an opt-in basis and there is scope for more Government agencies to use the programme in future.


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