The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback from government agencies and suppliers on its draft new Rules of Government Procurement. The new rules would replace the Mandatory Rules for Procurement by Departments issued by the Ministry of Economic Development in 2006.

Currently the Rules set out minimum requirements that must be followed by public service departments, the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Defence Force when carrying out certain types of procurement.

As the Rules are based on New Zealand's commitments under free trade agreements and contain fixed obligations that apply to ratifying countries, New Zealand cannot change what the Rules say; Government can only work to improve their presentation (for example, using plain language and providing practical tips on their application).

MBIE is reviewing the Rules to:

  • better align them with good international practice;
  • determine whether other types of agencies (such as some State service agencies) should have to comply with the Rules; and
  • develop a plain English statement of the Rules that is easy for both agencies and suppliers to understand.

The deadline for feedback is Friday 12 October 2012. More information about MBIE's consultation can be found here.