The government has released new procurement rules which represent the government's standards of good practice for procurement planning, approaching the market and contracting. They replace 44 different pieces of legislation, Cabinet directives, and miscellaneous guidance released by a multitude of government agencies over many years.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says by making it easier to compete for government contracts and making the tendering process consistent across the public service, the government expects to make its procurement business more accessible to New Zealand firms who previously may have been discouraged by the process.

The new procurement rules start on 1 October 2013 and will apply to all public service departments, the New Zealand Police and the Defence Force. Other state sector agencies and the broader public service will also be encouraged to adopt them.

Further information on the new rules is available here.