Procurement in Local Government

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Report of the Auditor-General No. 1 2019-20

Procurement in Local Government

The objectives of the audits were to assess:

  • the effectiveness of governance and procurement processes for Devonport City Council’s Living City project and its compliance with procurement requirements in the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulations 2015 and former regulations
  • Dorset Council’s compliance with procurement requirements in the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulations 2015 in relation to the extension of the Blue Derby Bike Trails
  • Glenorchy City Council’s compliance with procurement requirements in the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulations 2015 and former regulations in response to recommendations made in the Glenorchy City Council Board of Inquiry Report November 2017.

The requirements for procurement by Local Government are specified in the Local Government Act 1993 and associated regulations. All councils are required to maintain a Code for Tenders and Contracts and comply with that Code when acquiring goods and services over the prescribed amount. The regulations provide specific exemptions from the requirement to undertake a public tender, applied by Devonport City Council and Dorset Council. Our audits assessed the use of these exemptions. We also examined the effectiveness of governance and procurement processes relevant to Devonport City Council’s Living City project.

Our examination of Glenorchy City Council was undertaken to examine three specific recommendations addressed to the Auditor-General by the Board of Inquiry in its Glenorchy City Council Board of Inquiry Report November 2017

This report is structured differently to our usual reports to Parliament. This report separates each examination into individual discrete chapters and should be read as such.

 

 

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