24/03/2009 - 11:27

State Supply Commission, DTF to merge

24/03/2009 - 11:27

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The state government expects to save some $1 million each year by merging the State Supply Commission into the Department of Treasury and Finance.

State Supply Commission, DTF to merge

The state government expects to save some $1 million each year by merging the State Supply Commission into the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Treasurer Troy Buswell said today that the merger was part of the government's plan to lift the efficiency of the public sector.

"The need for a small, independent commission to oversee and regulate public sector purchasing has diminished considerably as a result of the procurement reforms implemented over the past few years," Mr Buswell said.

"Maintaining a small agency of 13 people and carrying the associated corporate overheads represents an unsustainable cost."

The commission was established in 1991 to co-ordinate and oversee the purchase of goods and services across the state government.

"The public sector has changed considerably since the commission was established in 1991, particularly in recent years as a whole-of-government approach was adopted in relation to procurement," Mr Buswell said.

"This leadership role will continue to strengthen and we expect efficiency improvements through having a single body responsible for the strategic management and oversight of public sector procurement.

"We recognise that on some occasions, independence may be required from Treasury when handling a supplier complaint or when a review is needed.

"I am confident that the existing accountability and investigative mechanisms that exist through bodies such as the Ombudsman's Office; Office of the Auditor General; Public Sector Standards Commission and the Corruption and Crime Commission, collectively provide ample opportunity for review and redress."

He added that implementation of the change would start immediately.

"All staff and resources will be transferred to Treasury and the commission will revert to a board until such time as the State Supply Commission Act can be repeal," he said.

"As part of the changes, a high level industry consultative group involving key industry representative bodies will be established to bring trends and issues to the State Government's attention and to provide input into procurement policy."

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