The first New Zealand government procurement open data report is now available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website.
The report shows award notice data published by government agencies on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS), for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019. The data, which will be updated each quarter, includes award notice information such as names of successful suppliers and the expected spend under the contract(s).
Providing this information as open data fulfils one of New Zealand’s commitments under the Open Government Partnership and the related National Action Plan 2018-2020. To make the data open and usable we consulted with stakeholders and agreed the format for this report. We have provided a schema to help people navigate and interpret the data. Providing award data in a more usable format makes it easier to search and view information about tenders and contracts.
Government agencies are encouraged to refer to the Government Procurement Rules when publishing award notices and in particular Rule 48: Contract award notice and Rule 4: Protection of supplier information. We have also made changes to GETS to enable agencies to publish tender and contract information aligned to the Government Procurement Rules. This change means that as of 1 July 2019 onwards, information entered into GETS regarding the expected spend under the contract/s or the highest and lowest offers evaluated to award the contract, will be published as part of the award notice. If agencies decide not to publish this information, there is also an option to include a reason for this e.g. commercially sensitive.
We encourage members of your team to come along to one of our upcoming training sessions in Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch where we will cover how to enter your award notices on GETS.
If you would like some training or have any questions about posting your contract award notices, please email us.