The federal government has moved to slash procurement costs and secure greater efficiencies by launching a new guide urging its agencies to adopt e-procurement in dealing with suppliers.
The Australian Government Information Management Office today
released its Strategic Guide to e-Procurement, which
details business cases, planning tools, procurement tools and
While many agencies already use e-procurement to book travel,
buy stationery and pay suppliers by electronic funds transfer,
there was room for improvement, according to Special Minister of
State, Gary Nairn.
"This strategic guide is all about improving efficiency. It
encourages agencies to have a look at what they are doing and how
they are doing it and consider alternative systems that will
result in better use of taxpayers' money," he said in a statement
announcing the guide.
""The electronic alternative may not be the most appropriate
for all agencies but in a lot of cases, an automated process will
save time and paperwork, minimise double-handling and lower
E-procurement tools could improve audit trails and activity
logs, as well as speed an agency's time to market, according to
Each Australian government agency is responsible for its own
e-procurement. One major driving project, though is the New South
Wales government's requirement for its agencies to use a common
e-procurement system, Smartbuy, by mid-2007.