APPENDIX 9:

Procurement initiatives to support small business

AFMA supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and medium-sized enterprise and small enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website at www.finance.gov.au/procurement/statistics-on-commonwealth-purchasing-contracts/.

AFMA’s procurement practices support small and medium enterprises including the use of:

  • the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low risk procurements valued under $200 000
  • the Small Business Engagement Principles (outlined in the government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda), such as communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format
  • electronic systems or other processes used to facilitate on-time payment performance, including the use of payment cards.