1. Application

The Queensland Procurement Policy 2023 (Policy) replaces the Queensland Procurement Policy 2021.

The Policy should be read with the Queensland Procurement Strategy 2023—Jobs, Economy, Legacy, Confidence.

The Policy takes effect from 1 June 2023. Certain clauses are subject to transitional provisions: this is set out in each relevant clause.

The following types of 'agencies1' are subject to the Policy:

  • 'budget sector agencies'
  • government-owned corporations (GOCs)
  • statutory bodies
  • 'special purpose vehicles'.

Each clause applies to every 'agency' subject to the Policy, unless specified otherwise in the clause.

Terms which are enclosed in single quotation marks in this document are defined in section 5 – Definitions.

For clarity, where the term ‘procurement’ is used in this Policy, it should be read to encompass the act of purchasing (also sometimes referred to by agencies as ‘buying’).

1.1 Out of scope expenditure

The following expenditure is not considered to be 'procurement':

  • real property transactions – e.g. selling, purchasing, renting, leasing land or existing buildings
  • arrangements or transactions typically classified as grants, where the substance of the arrangement or transaction is such that the value of what one entity receives from another entity is not of approximately equal value, in the form of cash, goods, non-monetary assets and/or services. These arrangements or transactions can also be in the nature of incentives, donations, contributions, debts forgiven, rebates, tax relief and other similar funding arrangements as detailed in the Financial Accountability Handbook administered by Queensland Treasury
  • investments, loans and guarantees
  • public employment contracts2 (noting engagement of contractors, consultants and contingent labour are in scope for 'procurement').

1. Refer to the 'Definitions' section for details on the definition of 'agencies', including individual agency types.

2. Public employment contracts are not within scope of procurement. These include, for example, contracts entered into under sections 155, 190 and 191 of the Public Sector Act 2022 (or equivalent provisions under the former Public Service Act 2008). Public employment contracts do not include engagement of contractors, consultants and contingent labour.