APPENDIX 9
Procurement to assist small business

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

How AFMA’s procurement practises support small and medium enterprises

As an organisation that interfaces with many small and medium enterprises as part of our engagement role with the fishing industry and broader community, AFMA has procurement policies that do not unfairly discriminate against small and medium enterprises and provide appropriate opportunities for small and medium enterprises to compete. AFMA’s procurement policies specify that, officials should consider, in the context of value for money:

  • the benefits of doing business with competitive small and medium enterprises when specifying requirements and evaluating value for money
  • barriers to entry, such as costly preparation of submissions, that may prevent small and medium enterprises from competing
  • small and medium enterprises capabilities and their commitment to local or regional markets
  • the potential benefits of having a larger, more competitive supplier base.