Perth pushes for more procurement powers

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In a recent report called The City of Perth Act, the City Council is lobbying for more powers to be delegated from the state of Western Australia, pushing for increased procurement flexibility and influence on how it contracts for digital service delivery.

The passing of the act would see Perth gain similar arrangements to other state capitals, such as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, that have a higher threshold on contracts that must go through a public tender process.

Currently, Perth is obligated to publicly tender on contracts worth over $100,000, while Brisbane only has an obligation on contracts over $250,000. According to the report, given the scale of the City’s capital projects nearly all projects must be tendered, which results in time delays and increases the cost of compliance.

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