In 2012–13, the Commercial Law and Procurement section improved procurement planning, with the aim of more accurately projecting future procurements in the AEC’s Annual Procurement Plan. They updated and simplified procurement policies, processes and practices, consistent with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to assist staff conduct procurement in accordance with the AEC’s Chief Executive Instructions.

AEC staff received specialist advice and training to help them meet their obligations under the procurement policy framework and determine value for money. To support staff training, e-learning modules are being developed for 2013–14.


There were seven open tender requests published electronically in AusTender in 2012–13.

Environmental guidelines

The AEC uses the Department of the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities’ Environmental Purchasing Guide and checklists and takes account of relevant energy and environmental issues in government procurement.

During 2012–13, all AEC approaches to the open market for services complied with the Environmental Purchasing Guide and checklists. The procurements were:

  • freight services in NSW and ACT
  • polling official training DVD
  • freight services in SA
  • electronic voting system
  • document imaging services
  • freight services for ballot papers in NSW and ACT
  • recycling services.


The AEC did not administer any discretionary grant programs in 2012–13.

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