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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Agency procurement deals revoked
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The Department of Employment has advised Agencies of revised arrangements relating to Government procurement contracts.

As part of Repeal Day, the Government said it would cease a number of regulatory arrangements administered by the Department, with the changes taking effect from 1 July 2014.

According to the Department, these arrangements create different requirements for suppliers to Government than those required in the private sector.

It said the changes involved revoking the Fair Work Principles, which currently applied to all procurements of more than $80,000.

The Department said existing Government procurement policies and processes that required decision makers to ensure tenderers complied with laws and policies of the Commonwealth, including the Fair Work Act 2009, were not affected.

Fair Work Principles axed

The Fair Work Principles also created specific obligations for tenderers from the cleaning services industry and those that manufacture textile, clothing and footwear products.

These included the requirement for textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers to have accreditation under the Homeworkers Code of Practice administered by Ethical Clothing Australia, a joint union-industry non-government organisation.

The Department said the funding agreement with Ethical Clothing Australia would cease on 30 June 2014 to coincide with the end of this regulatory requirement.

It said the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines would also cease on 30 June 2014.

Cleaning services providers tendering for Government work from 1 July 2014 would still be required to comply with all relevant workplace laws and the Modern Awards set by the Fair Work Commission.

Queries in relation to the revocation of the Fair Work Principles and the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines may be directed to FairWorkPrinciples@employment.gov.au

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