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Government Rules of Sourcing

3rd Edition 2015Rules for planning your procurement, approaching the market and contracting. These rules are the standards of good practice for government procurement.

The Rules focus mainly on the process of sourcing. Sourcing is only part of the procurement lifecycle. It covers planning, market research, approaching the market, evaluating responses, and negotiating and awarding the contract. They must be read together with the five Principles of Government Procurement. The purpose is to:

  • modernise the government's approach to procurement to align with good international practice and provide better value for the New Zealand public,
  • encourage agencies to use more strategic approaches and commercial expertise when procuring,
  • encourage agencies to engage early with the market to stimulate competition and innovation, and work with suppliers to develop better solutions,
  • include procurement requirements in Cabinet directives, Whole of Government Directions and legislation.

The third edition replaced previous editions on 1 July 2015.

If you have a question about the Rules, send an email to

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Last updated 30 June 2015