How it Works
The New Zealand government is made up of 200 separate government agencies. Each agency is responsible for its own operations, including buying goods and services. Sometimes agencies join forces through collaborative contract and each year, the NZ government deals with the full spectrum of businesses, from the world’s largest corporates to New Zealand’s smallest operators.
If you are an Australian business, check the details of the tender in New Zealand you are interested in as each tender will specify whether suppliers are sought nationally or internationally.
As soon as NZ government contract opportunities are public, Australian Tenders publishes these on the New Zealand Tenders dedicated page.
Contracts worth over $100,000 for goods, services and construction work over $10 million fall under the mandatory rules and are advertised on GETS (the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service).
Principles and Rules NZ Procurement
To understand how New Zealand buyers approach the market, read the good practice guide, government rules and principles of government procurement in New Zealand here.
Government agency buyers might approach suppliers through:
- Open competitive process, where any supplier can submit a tender or proposal
- Closed competitive process, where selected suppliers are invited to submit tenders or proposals
- Direct sourcing, where a supplier is directly approached by a buyer to do the work
Large contracts are advertised on GETS and suppliers are required to register for GETS using RealMe to access listings.
For smaller contracts, agencies may approach suppliers they already know who then submit proposals for the project. The agency evaluates them and creates a shortlist. Sometimes suppliers will be asked to present to the evaluation team to discuss their proposal. After final evaluation, the agency awards the contract to the successful supplier.
If you are a supplier, you can tender for:
- One-off projects with a single agency
- Collaborative contracts that many agencies can join and use; these often have multiple suppliers
Collaborative contracts are intended to help streamline government procurement and make things easier for both agencies and suppliers. There are three types of collaborative contracts commonly used by government in New Zealand:
- All-of-Government contracts
- Syndicated contracts
- Common capability contracts
Australian Tenders is pleased to offer access to notification for tenders in New Zealand, helping businesses in the region grow and thrive. Start here by searching for NZ tenders.