CASA adheres to the principles of value for money; encouraging competition among actual or potential suppliers; efficient, effective and ethical use of resources; and accountability and transparency when considering and undertaking procurement. These principles are set out in the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines—December 2008 (CPGs) and are applied to CASA’s activities through a Chief Executive’s policy notice and supporting agency operational guidelines.
CASA uses a devolved procurement model to ensure performance against core purchasing policies and principles. This model includes providing information about procurement policies and procedures to all staff, and maintaining a single point of contact for staff to seek advice on complying with CPGs and adhering to CASA’s policies and tendering processes. CASA conducts regular training sessions covering procurement policies and procedures.
CASA promotes participation by small to medium-sized enterprises in its procurement practices. Each year, CASA publishes an Annual Procurement Plan on AusTender (as required under the CPGs) to facilitate early procurement planning and draw businesses’ attention to CASA’s planned procurement for the coming year. CASA’s 2009–10 Annual Procurement Plan was published on 24 June 2009.
CASA does not administer any grants programs. All other purchasing activities as well as media, mailing, advertising and legal costs can be found in Appendix D.